Teardown of Mid-2012 MacBook Air Reveals Tweaked SSD Connector

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The teardown experts at iFixit are currently in the process of taking apart the new 13-inch MacBook Air released yesterday, and while the machine appears to be only a minor update to the previous model, there are undoubtedly some changes that are worth noting.

    The most notable change so far is with the solid-state storage. Apple has tweaked the connector design on the MacBook Air's integrated flash storage, making current replacement and upgrade modules from third parties incompatible with the latest models. Other World Computing has also noted this difference and indicated that they are working "full steam ahead" on launching new Aura Pro Express SSDs compatible with the 2012 MacBook Air. Apple announced at WWDC that it was using new 500 MBps SSDs in its MacBook Air, and the new connector design is likely to accommodate the faster data transfer capabilities.


    Toshiba SSD in Mid-2012 MacBook Air
    Beyond the SSD, iFixit has found very few changes to the MacBook Air. The new models incorporate Apple's thinner Magsafe 2 standard that the company developed as it has sought to find ways to continue reducing the thickness of its notebooks. The new MacBook Air obviously also incorporates Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors and new 1600 MHz RAM, as well as USB 3.0 support, but these upgrades have yielded very little in terms of changes to the machine's internal layout.


    Left I/O board from Mid-2012 MacBook Air, with MagSafe 2 connector at left
    iFixit's teardown is still underway, so there may yet be more news to come, and we will update this story with any additional discoveries of note.

    Article Link: Teardown of Mid-2012 MacBook Air Reveals Tweaked SSD Connector
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  3. dokujaryu macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Irvine, California
    I'm so jelly of the guys that get to do this for a living.
  4. angemon89, Jun 12, 2012
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  5. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    I still don't get the advantages of the new MagSafe 2 port. It's a little thinner, but the original was not thicker than a USB port anyway, so how does making it slightly thinner help at all?

    There are disadvantages, including it being wider, creating incompatibility, fall back to T-shaped connector for some reason...

    I want to understand in what ways MagSafe 2 is better, anyone have some ideas?

    Why would Apple change something unless it's significantly better; they're not known to change things without a good reason.
  6. bryanl macrumors member

    May 11, 2008
    Over the years I've built up quite a collection of MacBook power cords all throughout the house, so I can have power where ever I may be sitting. I wonder how much the MagSafe2 => MagSafe adapters are going to be.
  7. ryansimmons323 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    ifixit's fingernails aren't as clean as Apple's...
  8. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    $10: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD504ZM/A

  9. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Eagerly anticipating the Retina MBP teardown...
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    While the old magsafe wasn't very thick, I think that the physical connector needs more strength around it than a USB port does. If the metal above and below the magsafe were too thin I think it could be damaged over time from the force of the magnet clicking in.

    The new design seems to put more emphasis on getting its strength side to side.
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Can't afford those $3,000 a day hand models.
  12. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    They are undoubtedly setting themselves up for a future of thinner notebooks. Even though the old magsafe would still fit on this macbook, why not just start the transition to the new magsafe now?

    Same goes with the iPhone. Apple had to get rid of the 30-pin connector someday.
  13. Lindono macrumors member

    May 1, 2012
    It actually was slightly thicker than a USB port, at least it is on my 2011 MBA. They probably just wanted to make it a little thinner and be done with it. 5 years from now, nobody will care.
  14. finalcut macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    can't wait to see benchmark on MBA and also MBP new SSD if this is really 500+mbps
  15. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    But can they afford George Costanza? :p
  16. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Apple should work on making a universal charge/sync cable...

    it'd be nice if the iOS devices got something like magsafe...

    Edit: Seriously, iOS devices don't need to be plugged in to sync anymore. Why can't they just get magsafe cables for charging? (While we wait for chargers that are cordless.)
  17. UnseenLlama macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    To fit the new iPhone 5 of course. :D
  18. Bolo4u macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2009
    They might be able to afford Prewitt, from Zoolander.

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  19. BradM73 macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
  20. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    It might have to do with the fact that the "barrel type" acts like a hook when yanked from behind.

    Secondly, by going shallower, it releases easier - so less likely to have a fall. The lighter the laptop, the lighter the grip the connector should have.
  21. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Thanks guys, I'm finally starting to see the advantages of MagSafe 2.

    I hope they don't change it yet again anytime soon, so I can start hoarding many power adapters. I like being able to use them interchangeably.
  22. bryanl macrumors member

    May 11, 2008
  23. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Very unlikely that they would change it again soon. They get economies of scale by leaving certain things alone as much as possible.
  24. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Yes, as nice as the “hook style” is to look at, it’s a problem! My Air is on a smallish desk with the cord hanging off the back. People walk there. Nobody has caught the cord with a foot yet, but no doubt one day they will! In fact, it will be me that does it :eek: And my hook-syle magsafe may well yank the Air off the back of the desk! No such problem with the white style magsafes.
  25. Pegamush macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    at least they went back to the T connector, i hate the old "parallel" connector, i broke one after a year or so (the cable slipped off).

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