Apple Ditches The Last Intel-Made Parts From Its M2 MacBook Air
Apple has finally removed the last Intel-made parts from its M2 MacBook Air, meaning there is no Intel Inside anymore.
The move comes as Apple removed the USB and Thunderbolt controller from the new MacBook Air, as spotted by teardown masters iFixit and while it was mentioned in the teardown earlier this month, the news went largely unnoticed.
However, a new mention on Twitter points out just how important this change is. The new component isn’t something we know all that much about, although it seems likely that it is being built to Apple’s specifications.
We don’t know whether Apple itself is making the part, or if it is buying it from a third-party outfit. Apple has steadily been removing Intel parts from its devices ever since the Apple silicon transition began a couple of years ago.
It’s trying to do something similar with iPhones and Qualcomm parts, too, with the company making the modems that power data connections inside even the latest models. Apple picked up Intel’s modem business with an aim to creating its own 5G modems, but that isn’t something that has come to fruition so far.
No more Intel Inside!@iFixit reveals Apple finally replaced the last vestige of Intel in their M2 MacBooks. Gone are Intel's JHL8040R USB4 retimers, replaced by a pair of custom U09PY3 retimers! pic.twitter.com/YwYet9YxDl