iFixit Strips Down New MacBook

What Apple builds, iFixit loves to tear apart, and that’s exactly what they’ve done with the recently updated unibody MacBook. Once inside, they found the usual assortment of tightly packed components, along with a higher capacity battery that just so happens to be compatible with the previous unibody MacBook model, too.

Despite the fact that the new MacBook’s model number hasn’t changed, there are a few differences inside compared to the unit it replaces. The new model includes Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.4 GHz with 3MB on-chip L2 cache, NVIDIA’s GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256 MB SDRAM, a Mini Display port that supports HDMI and audio out, and a 10-hour 63.5 Wh lithium-polymer battery.

Apple’s updated MacBook, in pieces.

The new battery is the same size and shape as the one found in the previous MacBook model, but with its 63.5 Wh rating compared to the earlier model’s 60 Wh rating, it should last longer between charges. Since it’s compatible with the older model, that also means a quick battery swap out could give the older version of the laptop longer battery life, too.

Like the model if replaces, the new MacBook includes Panasonic’s UJ898 8x SATA SuperDrive. It also uses the same LED backlit display as the the previous MacBook.

The full tear down, complete with tool lists and plenty of photos, is available at the iFixit Web site.