New MacBook logic board is only twice the size of iPhone 6’s


Apple has made compromises, too.
The guts of the new MacBook. Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

Apple’s design team went to extreme lengths when redesigning the new MacBook to be more portable than ever. The most drastic move was to toss out the fan and extra ports for a super-tiny logic board.

The new MacBook logic board is two-thirds smaller than any board Apple’s designed before. It’s the highest-density Mac logic board yet, but really, it’s more like a super-iPhone or iPad logic board. Put side by side with the iPhone 6 logic board, the new MacBook logic board is barely twice its size.

This comparison image might shock you:

MacBook Air versus MacBook versus iPhone 6. Photo: Michael Saji/Twitter

Comparing the new MacBook board to the MacBook Air board, you can see where Apple’s engineers delivered a ton of innovation. Essentially, if you cut off the MacBook Air board’s left third (mostly fan) and right third (mostly antenna-related), you’d have a logic board just a little bigger than the new MacBook’s.

Squeeze all the chips together, add 35 percent more battery capacity, and you have what’s bound to be the hottest ultra-portable notebook of 2015.

It’s basically like a really big retina iPad with a nice keyboard attached. For a lot of people, that sounds pretty damn nice, even at $1,299.

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  • Wirehedd

    What gets me is that so many people haven’t “caught on” to the idea that the new 12″ MacBook is the newest in the line blurring between laptop and tablet. The guts of this thing belong in a tablet but with the keyboard and single port connection this is, to me, the 12″ iPad we were hearing about but with a keyboard attached.

    • GR


  • QwertyJuan

    Of course it is… it’s only twice as powerful.

  • mhikl

    Not bits ’n pieces that Lenovo and kith can pluck off the parts shelf. If this kind of original design and innovation continues, who knows where Apple’s computers, desktop, portables, the whole shebang will be in a few years. Apple integration, computers, pads, phones, watches seems aimed at the whole game and if that happens, could Apple own the whole market? And, eventually, at all price points.

    Is benevolent monopoly in the cards? Not a good time for any companies to have histories to regret, for Apple with its loot, may have an elephant’s memory to boot.
    Namaste and care,