Editors' note, June 27, Apple has updated the inch MacBook Air a handful of times since debuting the version reviewed below. Otherwise, aside from a RAM bump here and a slight price drop there, the batch is very similar to the one from , with the same enclosures, ports, trackpads and screens full listing of changes and additions.
The new versions of both the inch and inch MacBook Air look very familiar indeed, as these slim systems have hardly changed at all physically over the past few generations. At first glance, it looks like a relatively minor set of changes, with the primary selling point being a move to Intel's new fourth-generation Core i-series CPUs , also known by the code name Haswell. There is, however, one very important difference in the new models, and one that's especially noteworthy if you spend a lot of time on the road and away from your power adapter.
We've previously tested Haswell chips in a few laptops and been impressed by both the performance and battery life gains to be realistic, the latter is much more important for consumers. If you add Haswell to Apple's already-stellar battery life reputation, you get a system, in the inch Air, that Apple claims will run for up to 12 hours, and in our tests spoiler alert ran even longer.
Having a Haswell-generation CPU also gives you Intel's improved HD graphics, which promises improved game performance over last year's HD graphics itself an improvement over the preceding HD, and so on. Also new is If you have an It's easy to say that this new version of the inch MacBook Air is a modest step forward, with no physical changes to the exterior, and still no higher-res display, touch screen, or HDMI port.
The MacBook Air keeps the same external look as the previous couple of generations, a look that still rivals the newest ultrabooks, although some new systems, such as Sony's Vaio Pro line , are getting thinner and lighter without sacrificing much in the way of productivity. Both the inch and inch versions of the MacBook Air still have the same thickness, ranging from 0.
Spread over the larger footprint of the inch chassis, the inch version still feels satisfyingly thin. As with the previous version, the rigid aluminum construction makes the Air feel sturdy enough to just throw it in a bag and carry along with you without a protective case or sleeve, and it's interesting to contrast the aluminum unibody construction here with the lighter carbon fiber in the aforementioned Vaio Pro.
I'd still trust the Air and its unyielding lid more in a throw-in-your-luggage field test. The backlit keyboard and trackpad are the same as on the previous models, and the trackpad especially remains the standard by which all others are judged. Many other laptop makers have moved to larger clickpad-style touch pads, but we have yet to find a touch pad that comes close to this for multitouch gestures. The pad is again hinged at the top, allowing the entire pad to click down, and we strongly suggest going into the Preferences menu and turning on all of the tapping options for further ease of use.
It will be interesting to see how Apple's user interfaces develop in the face of both Windows 8, which tries not terribly successfully to reinvent the entire concept of working with a computer OS, and the upcoming OS X Mavericks update. For now, flicking around with three-and-four-finger gestures on the MacBook trackpad remains the most seamless way to swap between windows and applications, at least in my experience.
Unlike on the inch MacBook Air, the inch screen is still not a display. The screen area also lacks the edge-to-edge glass over a black bezel found in the MacBook Pro ; instead the screen is, as in previous years, surrounded by a thick silver bezel. On the positive side, the native resolution of the display is 1,x pixels, which is better than the 1,x you find in many inch laptops, although even midpriced models are quickly switching over to 1,x or even 1,x1, While the Air screen isn't flat matte, it's also not terribly reflective, which is a step up from the "mirror image" effect you get on some laptop screens.
The ports and connections remain unchanged on this version of the MacBook Air. That gives you two USB 3. The faster There's more on what Most of the system is unchanged, with the main difference being the new Haswell-generation Intel processor and platform. Interestingly, last year's base model CPU was a 1. The actual difference in our test results between the and models was minor. Year-over-year application performance doesn't show any real improvement, and the new Air actually ran some tests a hair slower.
As a longtime MacBook Air user, in everyday use -- Web surfing, social media, HD video playback -- the MacBook Air didn't feel any different than the previous version. Later versions of macOS no longer support Windows 7. Later versions of macOS no longer support Windows 8.
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Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Are both using M only, what sockets are used? MacBook Pro models use an Apple-designed form factor … they are not following any industry standards. Looking for ANY feedback as to when this will be available!! The best source I have found is getting PCIe 2. I was planning to do so till I read your comment above:. If I thought the odds were quite high that you folks would succeed — I would just buy the base model [but with 8GB ram] and grow my flash memory via OWC at a later date.
Has there been any benchmark testing to compare these upgrades with a more recent Macbook Pro? Blackmagicdesign sped test shows it has a Or do other factors play any role? How about the capacity? One is Gb the other is GB. Could this have an impact on your results? PCIe 3. Good question!! Unfortunately Apple consistently keeps their upgrade plans relatively close to the vest. With that said my guess would be an upgraded CPU.
Thanks for the replies. Anyhow, let me explain my main concern, which perhaps I must have mentioned in the first place:. Because OWC published the results for this model and the base inch Haswell model equipped with GB SSD and found out a gread deal of difference in terms of write speeds, I am concerned that I may encounter similar results with my intended purchase, i. The difference in write performance is mainly affected by the processor on the SSD. Email Address. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts.
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On October 30, , Apple released the third generation MacBook Air, with Amber Lake processors, a inch Retina display with a resolution of × Display. inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors; Supported resolutions. MacBook Air models from and newer can run the latest version of macOS. Tech Specs: MacBook Air (Retina, inch, ).