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Apple MacBook iFixit teardowns: something old, something new

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    tindall
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    If you use Linux or BSD and want an ARM laptop with a similar fanless design that's repairable, has more options for storage, and isn't nearly as fast but costs $800 less, check out the Pinebook...

    If you use Linux or BSD and want an ARM laptop with a similar fanless design that's repairable, has more options for storage, and isn't nearly as fast but costs $800 less, check out the Pinebook Pro. I have it and love it, add it's actually quite funny how similar the design is, based on this article.

    7 votes
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      hamstergeddon
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      I can't think of a reason why I need one of those Pinebook Pro's, but at $200 do I really NEED a reason? Fortunately they're out of stock so I can't impulse purchase, but I'm definitely...

      I can't think of a reason why I need one of those Pinebook Pro's, but at $200 do I really NEED a reason? Fortunately they're out of stock so I can't impulse purchase, but I'm definitely bookmarking it for future impulse purchasing :D

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      1. tindall
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        If you're willing to tinker a bit, it ends up being useful for all kinds of strange and wonderful things that you never expected.

        If you're willing to tinker a bit, it ends up being useful for all kinds of strange and wonderful things that you never expected.

        2 votes
  2. Grimalkin
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    As someone who frequently uses a Macbook Air with a fairly loud fan: The fanless design of the new Air is intriguing. I wish I could rent/borrow one for a day and use it like I normally would to...

    As someone who frequently uses a Macbook Air with a fairly loud fan: The fanless design of the new Air is intriguing. I wish I could rent/borrow one for a day and use it like I normally would to see the difference. Though even if it was amazing I couldn't justify a purchase when the one I have is still in great shape so maybe it's better that I don't...

    3 votes
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    MonkeyPants
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    I have opened up my fair share of apple laptops. I have replaced hard drives, connectors, keyboards, trackpads... I have never had to fuck with the fan. Fans don't gunk. It's not in their nature.

    Will anyone actually miss having to open their laptop to de-gunk or replace a dusty old fan?

    I have opened up my fair share of apple laptops. I have replaced hard drives, connectors, keyboards, trackpads... I have never had to fuck with the fan. Fans don't gunk. It's not in their nature.

    2 votes
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      ali
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      The phrasing also confused me, but my fans did get very dusty. I opened them for the first time in 3 years last week and they were super dusty, i am not sure how big of a difference it makes, but...

      The phrasing also confused me, but my fans did get very dusty. I opened them for the first time in 3 years last week and they were super dusty, i am not sure how big of a difference it makes, but my place is pretty dusty in general

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      1. MonkeyPants
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        Everything gets dusty. Fans are a great dust distribution mechanism. Macs have historically had a lot of failure points. Of all the failure points I have seen personally, fans have never been an...

        Everything gets dusty. Fans are a great dust distribution mechanism.

        Macs have historically had a lot of failure points. Of all the failure points I have seen personally, fans have never been an issue.

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    2. joplin
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      Oh, they most definitely do! I've found thick layers of sticky gunk on every computer fan I've ever looked at. Especially my tower Macs that sat under my desk! Even my table fans get caked in dust...

      Oh, they most definitely do! I've found thick layers of sticky gunk on every computer fan I've ever looked at. Especially my tower Macs that sat under my desk!

      Even my table fans get caked in dust if I don't religiously wipe them down. It may be related to where you live.

      2 votes