iFixIt has performed their teardown of the new MacBook Air which reveals that Apple is still using a SSD that is not soldered to the logic.
Just like in the mid-2010 MacBook Air, the SSD is not soldered to the logic board. Thankfully this means you can upgrade the SSD for more storage, but you're still out of luck if you need extra RAM.
Seeing as how the RAM is not user-serviceable, it might be worth it to buy the nicer model from the get-go (all models except the base 11" come with 4GB).
MacBook Air 13" Mid 2011 Repairability: 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
● Once you manage to take off the bottom cover, all the parts are pretty easily replaceable.
● Opening the bottom cover is quite difficult if you don't have the right screwdriver. It's clear that Apple didn't want people to open their machine.
● All the components -- including RAM and SSD -- are proprietary, meaning that no off-the-shelf parts will work in it without serious rigging.
You can checkout the entire teardown at this link...
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