Apple Removes Last Remnants of Intel in M2 MacBook Air

Apple has replaced the last remaining Intel-made component in M2 MacBook Air, which was responsible for controlling the USB and Thunderbolt ports, with a custom-made controller, as confirmed by iFixit (via MacRumors).

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A detailed teardown of the newly released M2 MacBook Air showed that the machine has been completely redesigned by Apple. Unlike previous Macs, the latest MacBook Air also introduces custom-made controllers for the USB and Thunderbolt ports.

The teardown experts found a “seemingly Apple-made Thunderbolt 3 driver, instead of the Intel chips we’re familiar with.” The new component was shared on Twitter earlier today as well.

Last year, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple was planning to replace the last remaining Intel part with an in-house version, and this could be just that.

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