iFixit has acquired the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, powered by Apple from M1, which of course means that its team has torn the laptops to find out what’s inside. And while Air and Pro have set innovative new standards for performance and efficiency, it turns out that this can be attributed almost entirely to the M1 chip, rather than any specific design changes.
Take the new MacBook Pro, for example. Here’s this year’s Intel-based model on the left, with the new M1 on the right:
The interiors of the two computers are almost identical. iFixit notes that the M1 uses exactly the same fan component as its Intel predecessor, for example, which really leads to the efficiency of the M1 chip, given the difference in noise levels between the two computers.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Air also looks very similar to Intel’s version, but with a fan leak in general. iFixit was a little surprised that the design of the Air and Pro no longer converged, given that computers already use identical processors, but Apple’s design focus here was clearly on using the M1 as a replacement for existing products.
See the full breakdown in iFixit for more, including a more detailed look at the M1 processor itself, a full list of other chips the team found inside, and thoughts on the laptop’s maintainability.