MacBook laptops with M1 technology have the same internal layout as Intel models
MacBook models with Apple’s M1 processor have gone through the iFixit teardown process which shows that the internals have not changed much compared to Intel-powered models. The iFixit team notes that these new MacBook models are “less accessible for updates and repairs.” MacBook Air with Apple Silicon has almost the same configuration for components as the previous generation model, except for the fan that has been removed. MacBook Pro with M1 processor has even fewer changes compared to the previous generation model.
Apple announced MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini with its internal M1 processor earlier this month. The company claimed significant improvements in performance with lower power consumption compared to previous models that ran on Intel processors. But internally, it doesn’t seem to have changed much. I fix it brake down the two new laptops and found that the internal layout was pretty much the same for the MacBook Air, even more so for the MacBook Pro.
Starting with the M1-powered MacBook Air, the biggest change was the exclusion of the cooling fan, which has been replaced by a simple aluminum heat spreader. This means there is no more active cooling for components, but it also provides quiet operation, less maintenance, and less chance of mechanical failure. iFixit also notes that there is a new battery model with “minimally different specifications.”
Coming to the M1-powered MacBook Pro, the cooling system is very similar to the Intel-based predecessor. A copper tube directs heat away from the processor to a small heat sink, where the fan expels the hot air. The fan is also identical to the one present in the 2020 MacBook Pro.
The M1 processor is based on a 5-nanometer process, has eight CPU cores and an integrated GPU with seven or eight cores. RAM is also built into the processor and Apple calls it the Unified Memory Architecture, or UMA.
The M1-powered MacBook Air starts at Rs. 92,900 while the MacBook Pro with M1 starts at Rs. 1,22,900. Mac mini starts from Rs. 64,900.