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MacBook Air - Upgrade & Repair
Launched in 2008, the MacBook Air was initially clearly the lightest laptop in Apple's range - dropping the DVD drive years before other models. They were aimed at customers who valued portability above everything else. This became less pronounced in later years as DVD drives became obsolete, and all Apple laptops became thinner and lighter. And with the introduction of a 12in MacBook in 2015, and the 11in MacBook Air being discontinued, their relative positioning was reversed with the MacBook as the ultra lightweight model, and the MacBook Air as a cheaper and less powerful alternative to the MacBook Pro.
From the very beginning of the range, RAM upgrades have not been possible, with Apple choosing to solder the RAM in place. This has limited the longevity of many machines over the years, particularly those sold with the lowest RAM option, which on the MacBook Air range has tended to be barely enough to run contemporary software. Drive upgrades are possible on models up to 2017, though they are in almost all cases of a non-standard type which has increased prices. After 2017 drives have been made part of the logic board, making drive upgrades, or data recovery from a logic board with a non-repairable fault, impossible.
We have been repairing MacBook Airs since they first came out and have extensive experience with them. We do component level logic board repair as well as replacement and repair of any and all other parts.
MacBook Air M1
Launched in late 2020, these machines look very similar to the last of the Intel powered MacBook Airs, but use Apple's own ARM based CPU. They list their CPU as Apple Silicon, not Intel, in System Profiler.
MacBook Air Intel
Made between 2008 and 2020, all these laptops have "MacBook Air" written on the display bezel underneath the screen, and have an Intel type CPU listed in System Profiler. Up until 2018 all models were silver, with grey and gold colours also available 2018 - 2020.