The 15-Inch MacBook Air’s Insides Look Mighty Familiar

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Air is finally on sale and it’s every big the portable Mac that we’d hoped that it would be. And that seems to extend to the insides as well.

The teardown and repair experts at iFixit have taken their own 15-inch MacBook Air apart, all in the name of science and figuring out what is going on in there.

According to their report, the 15-inch MacBook Air is essentially the same as the 13-inch MacBook Air, which shouldn’t be all that surprising.

Apple had already said that the new 15-inch MacBook Air had a bigger display, larger capacity battery, and a new six-speaker array when compared to the 13-inch model. And sure enough, that’s what iFixit found as well.

“The new 15-inch MacBook Air also features a phenomenal new six-speaker sound system with two tweeters and two sets of force-cancelling woofers,” said Apple when announcing the new laptop. “The new speakers deliver twice the bass depth for fuller sound, and Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos provides immersive experiences whether listening to music or watching movies.”

The teardown also confirmed that the 15-inch MacBook Air with a 256GB SSD uses a single NAND chip, causing the same performance limitations that we have already seen on other M2 Macs. The slowdown is only likely noticeable in benchmarks, however.

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