iFixit Teardown: 2011 13″ MacBook Air [w/ Video] | MacTrast

iFixit has just gotten their hands on one of the new MacBook Airs, and have just recently finished doing what they do with every new toy they get – they tore it apart! By taking the new MacBook Air apart piece by piece, they’ve managed to learn a few interesting things about it.

The new machines pack new ULV Sandy Bridge processors and an SD card slot, come pre-installed with OS X Lion, can restore their own operating systems from the internet, and feature Apple and Intel’s powerful new Thunderbolt I/O technology, as well as something less expected – bluetooth 4.0!

Following Apple’s decision to discontinue the white MacBook, the $999 11″ MacBook Air has just become the new entry-level MacBook. This is both a good and a bad thing. While this does mean that people purchasing the entry level will now have a much lighter load to carry, it also means you won’t be upgrading or servicing your computer in the near future.

It’s good, because the MacBook Air is thin, light, and fast, has an amazing battery life, can be carried anywhere, and represents a number of future trends in computing that consumers will need to get used to: The inclusion of an embedded SSD and the lack of an Optical drive.

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