One key change Apple made with the M3 MacBook Air is shown in the iFixit teardown

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Over the weekend, early testing revealed that the new base model M3 MacBook Air features significantly faster SSD speeds.
This is thanks to Apple’s switch from using one 256GB storage chip to two 128GB storage chips.
Today, a new teardown from iFixit offers our first look inside the M3 MacBook Air, further confirming the switch to two 128GB storage modules.
The video makes it clear that not much has changed between the M2 MacBook Air and M3 MacBook Air.
The change in SSD storage, however, shouldn’t be overlooked.
Testing has shown that the M3 MacBook Air features SSD write speeds that are roughly 33% faster and read speeds that are around 82% faster.
These speeds match and sometimes exceed the speeds of the M1 MacBook Air.
Here’s a look at the logic boards of both the M2 and M3 MacBook Air, showing the dual SSD modules on the newer model.
M3 MacBook AirM2 MacBook AirOne thing to keep in mind: Apple will gladly still sell you an M2 MacBook Air for $999.
Be warned that if you buy this base model, it will still feature slower SSD storage speeds.
Will most people actually notice the change?
Doubtful, but it’s worth pointing out.
iFixit says that, once it tests for parts pairing, it expects the M3 MacBook Air will earn a repairability score of 5/10.
Check out the full video below.

Early testing over the weekend found that the new M3 MacBook Air base model has much faster SSD speeds. Apple’s move from a single 256GB storage chip to two 128GB storage chips is responsible for this.

Our first look inside the M3 MacBook Air is provided by a recent iFixit teardown, which also confirms the move to two 128GB storage modules.

It’s evident from the video that not much has changed between the M2 and M3 MacBook Airs. But one shouldn’t ignore the shift to SSD storage. According to testing, the M3 MacBook Air has SSD read and write speeds that are about 82% and 33% faster, respectively. These speeds are comparable to, and occasionally faster than, those of the M1 MacBook Air.

Viewing the logic boards of the M2 and M3 MacBook Air, the dual SSD modules on the more recent model are visible.

MacBook Air M3 model.

A MacBook Air M2.

Remember this: Apple will happily continue to charge $999 for an M2 MacBook Air. Note that this base model will still have slower SSD storage speeds if you purchase it. Though it’s unlikely that most people will notice the change, it’s still important to mention.

According to iFixit, the M3 MacBook Air should receive a repairability score of 5/10 after it has tested for parts pairing. Take a look at the entire video below.

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