iFixit: It’s really hard to repair the new 15″ MacBook Air M2

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The iFixit website has taken on the task of completely disassembling the new 15-inch MacBook Air M2. This complex operation serves as evidence that the European Union’s recent regulations are justified.

The European Union has a track record of regulating the technology industry to protect consumers and drive progress. This week, they have taken a significant step towards ensuring better accessibility to components, particularly smartphone batteries.

Disassembly of New MacBook Air M2 Reveals Repairability Challenges and EU’s Justified Regulations

MacBook Air M2 15"

Apple’s latest offering, the 15-inch MacBook Air M15, perfectly illustrates the subject at hand. Despite the brand’s commitment to sustainability, this machine proves to be a challenging puzzle to disassemble and repair.

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The renowned iFixit website, known for its teardowns, has evaluated the repairability of this device. The overall design closely resembles the 13-inch model from 2022, complete with its inherent flaws. iFixit describes the experience as nothing short of “miserable” when attempting to change the battery or access the logic circuits. This tough process involves unplugging multiple internal connectors and removing numerous screws.

Moving to a 15-inch display size does allow for alterations in certain components, such as an upward revision of the speakers. The battery capacity also increases to 66.5 Wh. And iFixit suggests that the charging speed should improve due to a larger number of cells.

In terms of repairability, the 15-inch MacBook Air M15 receives a disappointing score of 3 out of 10 from iFixit. This rating falls far below the excellent scores achieved by iPhones on the same website. One can only hope that Apple will prioritize enhancing the internal design in future generations, enabling more straightforward repair processes. Alternatively, the European Union could accelerate efforts to impact the PC market and enforce necessary improvements by manufacturers. It is hoped that Apple will improve the repairability of their products in the future or that the EU will enforce regulations to make the technology industry more consumer-friendly.

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