MacBook Air

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Overview

The MacBook Air is Apple's least expensive notebook computer. While the 1st generation was released as a premium ultraportable positioned above the 2006 - 2012 MacBook, lowered prices on subsequent iterations and the discontinuation of that MacBook has made it serve as the entry-level Macintosh portable. The 2010 to 2017 base model came with a 13-inch screen and was Apple's thinnest notebook computer until the introduction of the MacBook in March 2015. This MacBook Air model features two USB Type-A 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt 2 port, as well as an SDXC card slot (only on the 13inch model). This model of MacBook Air did not have a Retina Display. A MacBook Air model with an 11-inch screen was available from October 2010 to October 2016. In 2017, the MacBook Air received a small refresh, with the processor speed increased to 1.8 GHz.

On October 30, 2018, the MacBook Air underwent a major design change, dropping the USB Type-A ports, MagSafe, and the SD card slot in favor of two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack. It was updated with a Retina display and Intel Y-series Amber Lake i5 CPUs, as well as a Force Touch trackpad, a third-generation butterfly mechanism keyboard, and the Touch ID sensor found in the fourth-generation MacBook Pro, but without the Touch Bar. The base price was also raised, although the base configuration of the 2017 model was retained until July 9, 2019, when it was discontinued along with the Retina MacBook. The base price of this model was also dropped to $1099 ($999 for students) on the same day.

2010-2017 Macbook Air needs 45W Powersupply to power on. MagSafeID is not checked.

MacBook LCD Screen Compatibility

MacBook Battery Compatibility

Common Issues / Troubleshooting / Hints

Use Piernov's G3 to S3 State for Ivy Bridge Haswell and Broadwell diagram for troubleshooting

One of most common repairs is 820-00165 Pulsing

EFI Corruption could be considered as common issue. EFI

Backlight Troubleshooting (refer to lp8550 part)

You can use 820-3437 SMC on 820-00165 board to turn it on but you will need to reprogram it. SMC Flashing


IMPORTANT: MacBook Air 2018+ will bootloop without a trackpad. If you are fixing bootloop-related issue like TBT controller failure - always test in in chassey.

MacBook Air keyboard compatibility

All pre-retina keyboards are completely compatible and you can even use 13" keyboard on 11" board to test it.

A & D Keys issue after Keyboard/Trackpad replacement (Macbook Air 2020 Intel / M1)

MacBook Air A2371 and 2337 use almost the same keyboard, however A and D keys are routed differently. I you have such issue, refer to the following table:

(A2337) MBA M1 + original (A2337 M1) trackpad + original interconnect (820-02288-01 A2337 M1) daughter board + new replacement (A2337) keyboard = A and D is working

(A2337) MBA M1 + eBay/Aliexpress trackpad (A2179 Intel) + original interconnect (820-02288-01 A2337 M1) daughter board + new replacement (A2179) keyboard = A and D is working

(A2337) MBA M1 + original (A2337 M1) trackpad + original interconnect (820-02288-01 A2337 M1) daughter board + a new replacement (A2179 Intel) keyboard = A and D is not working

(A2337) MBA M1 + eBay/Aliexpress trackpad (A2179 Intel) + eBay/Aliexpress trackpad interconnect (820-02005-A A2179 Intel) daughter board + new replacement (A2337 M1) keyboard = A and D is not working

(A2337) MBA M1 + eBay/Aliexpress trackpad (A2179 Intel) + eBay/Aliexpress trackpad interconnect (820-02005-A A2179 Intel) daughter board + new replacement (A2179) keyboard = A and D is not working

Credits to Alan L (discord)

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