The iFixit team has published a teardown of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models featuring Apple’s M1 chip. The teardown shows what remains the same and what has been changed, the most notable, of course, being the new Apple Silicon heart powering the machines. The team notes, among other things, that the new MacBooks ‘could hardly be any more similar to their predecessors.’
The new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with the M1 chip are now available to purchase. They represent Apple’s budding transition away from Intel, one that comes with the promise of better performance and improved power efficiency. Little else about the new models have changed, however.
The iFixit team opened both models and published comparison images in their newly published disassembly. There are some differences between the M1 Air and the Pro compared to previous Intel models; the MacBook Air M1 has abandoned the fan and uses aluminum to deal with heat, for example, while the thermal design of the Pro M1 is described as “very similar” to its brother Intel.
Disassembly found that the fan on the new MacBook Pro M1 is identical to the one found on the Intel two-port version. The most interesting, of course, is the M1 chip itself, which bears the Apple logo, eight CPU cores and integrated graphics. Beside the “heart” of these machines is the integrated memory, eliminating any fantasies you may have about upgrading the memory yourself.
Ultimately, the new MacBooks mark the beginning of Apple’s two-year transition to its own hardware. It is unclear how long it will take before we see Macs arrive with settings designed for professionals who need more memory and storage, however.