Full teardown needed if the butterfly keyboard requires assistance
2018 MacBook Air (photo: iFixit)
The iFixit team took a screwdriver set on Apple's updated MacBook Air and he found a step in the right direction for reparability.
The MacBook Air 2018 has updated a design that, when it appeared a decade ago, was revolutionary but now seems a little tired. Despite the grumbles that perhaps the grandfather of the ultrabooks could be sent to graze in favor of the MacBook and MacBook Pro, Apple has given the brand a much needed revision.
Dimension-wise, the Aria is located between the MacBook and the Pro. Alas, it also has the membrane-filled butterfly keypad to keep down the noise or, perhaps, keep those annoying fluff fragments out of size molecules that have proved so difficult.
Once inside, the iFixit team found a single fan: an interesting addition because others (including Apple) looked for ways to remove the rotating blades from their lightweight machines ̵
The logic board presents the Intel CPU (a Core i5 in this case) with RAM and memory soldered in place. The upgrade-skill has gone sadly into the drive to make the devices as thin and light as possible, and Apple is no exception to this rule.
Also front and center on the logic board is Apple's T2 co-processor. Custom silicon manages tasks such as access to storage and, of course, keeps everything safe.
While the logic board and ports are simple to pull out (and need to be removed to get to the trackpad), the sticker makes the batteries less complicated to pull out, even if it's not insurmountable, and the team has noticed that the 49.9Wh power pack is larger than the Microsoft Surface 42.5Wh.
Overall, the team rated the MacBook Air a 3 out of 10 in the payability bets.
Although a bit harsh, since the design seems to favor disassembling more than certain other devices (including Apple), the team estimated that having to perform a complete teardown to get the keyboard and trackpad deserved a black sign.  And the ongoing trend by all manufacturers of welding memory and storage on the logic board will not be clearly rewarded in a short time. ®