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MacBook Air
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Steve Jobs showing the first MacBook Air at his 2008 keynote
DeveloperApple Inc.
Product family
TypeSubnotebook
Release date
  • January 29, 2008; 11 years ago (2008-01-29) (Original)[1]
  • July 9, 2019 (2019-07-09) (Current)
Operating systemmacOS
CPUIntel Core i5 (current release)
Related articles
Websitewww.apple.com/macbook-air

The MacBook Air is a line of laptop computers developed and manufactured by Apple Inc. It consists of a full-size keyboard, a machined aluminum case, and a thin light structure. The Air is available with a screen size of (measured diagonally) 13.3-inch (33.782 cm), with different specifications produced by Apple. Since 2010, all MacBook Air models have used solid-state drive storage and Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs.[2] A MacBook Air with an 11.6-inch (29.46 cm) screen was made available in 2010 through late 2016.[3]

In the current product line, the MacBook Air sits below the performance range of the MacBook Pro, and its features reflect different priorities than the retina MacBook. The Air was originally released as a premium ultraportable positioned above the previous MacBook line.[4] Since then, the Air has become Apple's entry-level laptop due to the original MacBook's discontinuation in 2011, as well as lowered prices on subsequent iterations.[5]

First generation[edit]

Steve Jobs introduced the first MacBook Air during a speech at his keynote at the 2008 Macworld conference held on January 15, 2008.[6] The first-generation MacBook Air was a 13.3"-only model, initially promoted as the world's thinnest notebook[7] (1.94cm MacBook may be compared with 1.98cm for a previous record model, 2005's Toshiba Portege R200[8]). It featured a custom[9] Intel Merom CPU and Intel GMA graphics. In late 2008, the CPU was updated to a faster, non-custom Penryn CPU and integrated Nvidia GeForce graphics while the hard drive capacity was increased and the micro-DVI video port was replaced by the Mini DisplayPort.[10] A mid-2009 refresh, introduced alongside the MacBook Pro family, featured a slightly higher-capacity battery, and a faster Penryn CPU.[11]

Design[edit]

The original 2008 MacBook Air

The MacBook Air features an anti-glare LED backlit display and a full-size keyboard, as well as a large trackpad that responds to multi-touch gestures such as pinching, swiping, and rotating.[12] Since the release of Snow Leopard, the Air's trackpad has supported handwriting recognition of Chinese characters.[13]

The MacBook Air was the first subcompact laptop offered by Apple since the full-featured 12" PowerBook G4 was discontinued in 2006. It was also Apple's first computer with an optional solid-state drive.[14] ArsTechnica found "moderate" performance improvements of the 64 GB[note 1] solid-state drive of the first-generation Air over the standard 80 GB hard drive in tests. On October 14, 2008, new models were announced with improved capacities of 128 GB SSD and 120 GB hard drive.

The CPU was a custom Intel Core 2 Duo Merom that was 40% of the size of the standard chip package.[15] For models of late 2008, the CPU was replaced with a low-voltage Penryn chip with 6MB of cache, running on a 1066 MHz bus.[16]

Reception[edit]

Following its introduction, the MacBook Air received a mixed reception. Reviews praised its portability, but criticized the compromises made in terms of features.[17][18][19] The full-sized keyboard, weight, thinness, and Multi-Touch trackpad were appreciated in reviews, while the limited configuration options and ports, slow speed (in non-SSD models), non-user-replaceable battery, small hard drive, and price were criticized.[17][18] The flip-down hatch on the side of the original MacBook Air is a tight fit for some headphone plugs and USB devices, requiring users to purchase an extension cable. Apple removed the flip-down hatch on the late 2010 model in favor of open connection ports, as is the case with most other laptops.[20][21]

Some users have complained of CPU lockup caused by overheating. Apple released a software update in early March 2008 to fix the problem with mixed results: the deactivation of one CPU core was corrected; however, the runaway kernel problem remained for some users.[22] The problem is aggravated by system-intensive tasks such as video playback or video chatting.[23]

"Thinnest laptop"[edit]

At the launch of the MacBook Air in January 2008, Apple claimed it to be the thinnest laptop in the world. While this was true of laptops on sale at the time, the 2003 Sharp Actius MM10 Muramasas was thinner at some points than the MacBook Air, being 0.54 inches (14 mm) thick at its minimum.[24] It, like the MacBook Air, was a tapered design, with a maximum height of 0.78 inches (19.8 mm) —slightly thicker than the MacBook Air — shown above as 0.76 inches (19.3 mm).[25] The Sony Vaio X505, released in 2004, had a minimum thickness of 0.38 inches (10 mm) and a maximum of 0.8 inches (20.3 mm).[26]

Since the release of the MacBook Air, other thinner laptops have been released, such as the Dell Adamo,[27] launched in March 2009, which is a constant 0.65 inches (17 mm) thick. Apple subsequently removed the claim of being "the world's thinnest notebook" from their marketing materials.

Technical specifications[edit]

Obsolete[28]
Table of models
Model Early 2008

(February)[29]

Late 2008

(October)[10]

Mid 2009

(June)[30]

Model identifier MacBookAir1,1 MacBookAir2,1
Model number (on underside) A1237 A1304
Part number (Order number) MB003LL/A MB543LL/A, MB940LL/A MC233LL/A, MC234LL/A
Display
(glossy)
13.3", native 1280 × 800 pixels (16:10, 113 ppi) TN. Lower resolutions supported
Graphics
(Shared with system memory)
Intel GMA X3100 using 144 MB of DDR2 SDRAM with Micro-DVI output Nvidia GeForce 9400M using 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM with Mini DisplayPort output
Front side bus/DMI 800 MHz 1066 MHz
Processor 1.6 GHz (L7500) or 1.8 GHz (L7700) Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 MB on-chip L2 cache 1.6 GHz (SL9300) or 1.86 GHz (SL9400) Intel Core 2 Duo with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache 1.86 GHz (SL9400) or 2.13 GHz (SL9600) Intel Core 2 Duo with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Memory
2 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM 2 GB[note 2] of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Storage 80 GB 4200-rpm 1.8-inch PATA HDD or 64 GB SSD 120 GB 4200-rpm 1.8-inch SATA HDD or 128 GB SSD
Video Camera iSight (640 × 480)
Connectivity
Internal 802.11 a/b/g and draft-n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Built-in infrared (IR) receiver for Apple Remote
Optional Apple USB Ethernet Adapter (Year 2008)
Latest release operating system Mac OS X 10.7 Lion OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Battery
(non removable lithium-ion polymer)
37-watt-hour (13") 40-watt-hour (13")
Battery cycle count [31] 300 500
Unit weight 3.0 lb (1.36 kg)
Dimensions 12.8 in (33 cm) wide × 8.94 in (23 cm) deep × 0.16 in (0.4 cm) to 0.76 in (1.9 cm) high (13")
Peripheral connections USB 2.0
Micro-DVI video port
DVI-D/VGA adapter included
Mini DisplayPort video port
MagSafe
1× 3.5 mm headphone jack

Second generation (Tapered profile)[edit]

Left side of a late-2010 MacBook Air. From left to right, MagSafe power connector, USB port, headphone jack and built-in microphone.

On October 20, 2010, Apple released a redesigned 13.3-inch model with a tapered enclosure, higher screen resolution, improved battery, and flash storage instead of a hard drive. In addition, a new 11.6-inch model was introduced, offering reduced cost, weight, battery life, and performance relative to the 13.3-inch model, but better performance than typical netbooks of the time.[32][33][34][35]

On July 20, 2011, Apple released updates to the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models of the MacBook Air, which also became Apple's entry-level laptops due to lowered prices and the discontinuation of the white MacBook around the same time.[5] The mid-2011 MacBook Airs were powered by the new Sandy Bridge 1.6 or 1.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, or 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processors, that came with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, and with a backlit keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, FaceTime camera, a standard of 2 GB of RAM (configurable up to 4 GB), Thunderbolt which shares function with Mini DisplayPort and Bluetooth was upgraded to v4.0.[36][37] Maximum SSD flash memory storage options were increased up to 256 GB. Both 11-inch and 13-inch models had an analog audio output/headphone minijack (that also supports an iPhone/iPod touch headset with microphone), but only the 13-inch model had an integrated SDXC-capable SD Card slot. These models use a less expensive "Eagle Ridge" Thunderbolt controller that provides two Thunderbolt channels (2 × 10 Gbit/s bidirectional), compared to the MacBook Pro which uses a "Light Ridge" controller that provides four Thunderbolt channels (4 × 10 Gbit/s bidirectional). A USB ethernet adapter was immediately available upon release and a Thunderbolt-to-Firewire 800 adapter became available in mid-year 2012.

On June 11, 2012, Apple released an updated model with Intel Ivy Bridge dual-core Core i5 and i7 processors, HD Graphics 4000, double the memory and SSD speeds, and USB 3.0 ports, and a MagSafe 2 charging port.[38] The camera was upgraded to 720p FaceTime HD. From 2017 the processors are destitute of a fan, although the external appearance may suggest an air exit.

On June 10, 2013, Apple released another update in the same form factor as the 2012 model during the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The 11-inch and 13-inch models have a minimum standard 4 GB RAM, with a maximum configuration of 8 GB. Both models are powered by the Haswell ULT 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processors, with Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz, while a 1.7 GHz Dual-Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz, option is also available. They also received Intel HD Graphics 5000. Each model's storage standard is 128 GB SSD, upgradeable to 256 GB and 512 GB SSD. Due to Haswell CPUs, battery life has considerably improved from the previous generation, and the mid-2013 models are capable of 9 hours on the 11-inch model and 12 hours on the 13-inch model; a team of reviewers exceeded expected battery life ratings during their test.[39]

In March 2015, the 11-inch and 13-inch models were refreshed with new 5th generation Broadwell CPUs clocked at 1.6 GHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and faster SSD and storage.[40] In 2017 the 13-inch model received a CPU increase from 1.6 GHz to 1.8 GHz and the 11-inch model was discontinued. The 2017 model remained available for sale after Apple launched a new generation in 2018. It was discontinued in July 2019. Prior to its discontinuation it was Apple’s last laptop with USB Type-A ports, MagSafe, and a non-Retina display.[41]

Design[edit]

MacBook Air components are officially non-user-replaceable, though third-parties do sell upgrade kits for the SSDs. The flash memory and battery are enclosed within the casing, with RAM soldered onto the motherboard. The flash memory is difficult to access and has a 128 MB cache[42] and a mSATA connection (updated to a proprietary PCIe interface) to the motherboard.[43]

The optional Apple USB SuperDrive DVD drive

On the 11-inch Air, the left side of the computer has a MagSafe power connector, a USB port, a headphone jack, and a microphone.[12] The right side of the computer has a USB port and a Mini DisplayPort, now sharing Thunderbolt function beginning with the 2011 model. On top of the screen bezel there is a webcam, first dubbed iSight and now the FaceTime camera.

Apple incorporated several features in the design of the MacBook Air, such as the reduction of lead to make it more environmentally friendly. The MacBook Air contains no BFRs and PVC wiring, meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, has a recyclable enclosure, and is rated EPEAT Gold. Its display is made from arsenic-free glass, and contains no mercury.[7][44] To reduce the computer's size and weight, several features were sacrificed. It was Apple's first notebook since the PowerBook 2400c without a built-in removable media drive.[45] It also omits a FireWire port, Ethernet port, line-in, media card slots (except the 13-inch 2010 through 2017 models, which have an SD card slot), and a Kensington Security Slot.[46]

To gain optical drive features, users could either purchase an external USB drive such as Apple's SuperDrive or the bundled Remote Disc software, which is only for browsing or software installation to access the drive of another computer wirelessly[47] that has the program installed.[48][49] It can also be used to reinstall the system software from the included installation DVD. Remote Disc supports NetBooting, so the Air can boot from its installation DVD in another computer's drive, which requires Remote Install Mac OS X to be running on that computer. The software does not allow playback or information of DVDs, CDs or installing Windows.[47] For these features, an external USB drive is required.[47] More recent versions of OS X replaced the installation DVD with a USB flash drive containing the software, eliminating remote installation.[citation needed]

The 2010 models and later include two speakers for stereo sound while earlier versions have one speaker located under the keyboard. The 2011 model replaces the DisplayPort with a Thunderbolt 1 port, and also has a 1280×720 FaceTime HD Camera, replacing the previous 640×480 iSight camera. The 2012 model replaces USB 2 with USB 3, and uses the MagSafe 2 instead of the MagSafe connector for charging. The 2015 model updated the Thunderbolt port to Thunderbolt 2.[citation needed]

Issues[edit]

Due to a more mature manufacturing process, the CPUs in the second-generation MacBook Air perform better under load, as the first generation chips ran at a higher temperature—the processor needed to be throttled to avoid overheating and this further degraded performance.[50]

On October 17, 2013, Apple announced a replacement program for the 64 GB and 128 GB MacBook Air flash storage drives that are installed in Air systems purchased between June 2012 and June 2013.[51]

Reception[edit]

Comparison with iPad and netbooks[edit]

Although the 11-inch Air is only 0.6 pounds lighter than the 13-inch Air, the biggest difference is the footprint which gives each model a distinct category; the 13-inch Air is much closer in size to most other conventional laptops, while the 11-inch Air is almost small enough to fit in a space that can hold an iPad.[52][53]

The 11-inch MacBook Air carried the desirable essential attributes of a netbook, but without the drawbacks of a slower processor and less capable operating system,[54] albeit at a higher price.[55][56][57][58][59] At the low end, Apple introduced the iPad—a different form factor than the netbook, but with improved computing capabilities and lower production cost. Both of these led to a decline in netbook sales, and most PC manufacturers have consequently discontinued their netbook lines in response.[60] Capitalizing on the success of the MacBook Air,[61] Intel promoted Ultrabook as a new high-mobility standard, which has been hailed by some analysts as succeeding where netbooks failed.[62][63][64]

Intel's Ultrabook competition[edit]

Intel developed a set of specifications for the Ultrabook, a higher-end type of subnotebook produced by various PC manufacturers and usually running Windows. Competing directly with the Air, the Ultrabook is intended to reduce size and weight, and extend battery life without compromising performance.[65][66][67]

Through July 1, 2013, the MacBook Air took in 56 percent of all Ultrabook sales in the United States, despite being one of the higher-priced competitors.[68] Apple had previously dominated the premium PC market, in 2009 having a 91 percent market share for PCs priced at more than $1,000, according to NPD, and Ultrabooks were an attempt by other PC manufacturers to move in on Apple's turf.[69] While Apple's MacBook lines were not immune to this consumer trend towards mobile devices,[70] they still managed to ship 2.8 million MacBooks in Q2 2012 (the majority of which were the MacBook Air) compared to 500,000 total Ultrabooks,[71][72] despite there being dozens of Ultrabooks from various manufacturers on the market while Apple only offered 11-inch and 13-inch models of the Macbook Air.[73] Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett attributes Apple's increased success in the enterprise market to the 2010 MacBook Air and the iPad.[74]

While several Ultrabooks were able to claim individual distinctions such as being the lightest or thinnest, the MacBook Air was regarded by reviewers as the best all-around Ultrabook in regard to "OS X experience, full keyboard, superior trackpad, Thunderbolt connector and the higher-quality, all-aluminum unibody construction".[68]

The Microsoft Surface Pro has a similar size and price to the 11-inch MacBook Air;[75][76] Apple CEO Tim Cook has criticized the Surface Pro and other Ultrabook hybrids running the touch-based Windows 8, that attempt to combine laptop and tablet functionality in one device, saying that such devices were confusing like trying to "combine a fridge and a toaster".[77][78]

When released in October 2010, the 13-inch model's screen resolution was higher than the average 1366x768 screens of similar sized laptops. However, by mid-2013, with many premium Ultrabooks having high resolution screens (1080p or greater) as standard or upgrades, the MacBook Air was increasingly criticized for sticking with a low-resolution screen. Many in the tech community had expected Apple to release a MacBook Air with Retina Display by mid-2013, similar to the MacBook Pro Retina which came out in 2012.[79] The October 2013 refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina, with a slimmer chassis and a lower price point, was mentioned as a potential MacBook Air alternative as the battery life is not much shorter while not being considerably bulkier.[4][80] Apple released an entry-level version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro on October 27, 2016, which was specifically targeted towards MacBook Air users.[81] A Retina MacBook Air was released in late 2018.

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air, introduced in October 2010, is only slightly larger and heavier (when closed) than the iPad 2. The 11.6-inch Air has been regarded as thin and light compared to other ultraportables, such as the Sony VAIO Z and the 11-inch Samsung Series 9.[82]

As of 2013, several Ultrabooks such as the Sony VAIO Pro have managed smaller dimensions than the MacBook Air by using carbon fiber construction.[83][84][85]

Technical specifications[edit]

Obsolete[86] Vintage Discontinued
Table of models
Model Late 2010

(October)[87][88]

Mid 2011

(July)[89][90]

Mid 2012

(June)[91][92]

Mid 2013

(June)[93][94]

Early 2014

(April)[95]

Early 2015

(March)[96]

Mid 2017

(June)[97]

Model identifier 11" MacBookAir3,1 MacBookAir4,1 MacBookAir5,1 MacBookAir6,1 MacBookAir7,1 N/A
13" MacBookAir3,2 MacBookAir4,2 MacBookAir5,2 MacBookAir6,2 MacBookAir7,2
Model number (on underside) 11" A1370 A1465 N/A
13" A1369 A1466
Part number (Order number) MC504LL/A, MC505LL/A, MC506LL/A, MC503LL/A MC968LL/A, MC969LL/A, MC965LL/A, MC966LL/A MD223LL/A, MD224LL/A, MD231LL/A, MD232LL/A MD711LL/A, MD712LL/A, MD760LL/A, MD761LL/A MD711LL/B, MD712LL/B, MD760LL/B, MD761LL/B MJVM2LL/A, MJVP2LL/A, MJVE2LL/A, MJVG2LL/A, MMGF2LL/A (2016, 8 GB, 128 GB SSD), MMGG2LL/A (2016, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD) MQD32LL/A (128 GB SSD), MQD42LL/A (256 GB SSD)
Display
(glossy)
11" 11.6", native 1366 × 768 pixels (16:9, 135 ppi) TN. Lower resolutions supported N/A
13" 13.3", native 1440 × 900 pixels (16:10, 128 ppi) TN. Lower resolutions supported
Graphics
(Shared with system memory)
Nvidia GeForce 320M using 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM with Mini DisplayPort output Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor using 256 MB (11" base model) or 384 MB (all other models) of DDR3 SDRAM Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor with up to 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM shared from main memory Intel HD Graphics 5000 processor with up to 1.5 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM shared from main memory Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor with up to 1.5 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM shared from main memory
Front side bus/DMI 11" 800 MHz Intel Direct Media Interface
5.0 GT/s
13" 1066 MHz
Processor 11" 1.4 GHz (SU9400) Intel Core 2 Duo with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 1.6 GHz (SU9600) Intel Core 2 Duo with 3 MB on-chip L2 cache
1.6 GHz (i5-2467M) dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache
Optional 1.8 GHz (i7-2677M) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache
1.7 GHz (i5-3317U) dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache

Optional 2.0 GHz (i7-3667U) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache

1.3 GHz (i5-4250U) dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache
Optional 1.7 GHz (i7-4650U) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache
1.4 GHz (i5-4260U) dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache
Optional 1.7 GHz (i7-4650U) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache
1.6 GHz (i5-5250U) dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache
Optional 2.2 GHz (i7-5650U) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache
N/A
13" 1.86 GHz (SL9400) Intel Core 2 Duo with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
Optional 2.13 GHz (SL9600) Intel Core 2 Duo with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache
1.7 GHz (i5-2557M) dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache

Optional 1.8 GHz (i7-2677M) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache

1.8 GHz (i5-3427U) dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache

Optional 2.0 GHz (i7-3667U) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache

1.8 GHz (i5-5350U) dual core Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared L3 cache
Optional 2.2 GHz (i7-5650U) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache
Memory 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Optional 4 GB
2 GB (11" base model; Optional 4 GB) or 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (all other models) 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM

Optional 8 GB

4 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM Optional 8 GB (8 GB standard for the 13" version since April 19, 2016) 8 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage 11" 64 (MC505LL/A) or 128 GB (MC506LL/A) SSD 64 GB or 128 GB SSD

Optional 256 GB

64 GB or 128 GB SSD

Optional 256 GB or 512 GB

128 GB or 256 GB PCIe-based SSD
Optional 512 GB
N/A
13" 128 (MC503LL/A) or 256 GB (MC504LL/A) SSD 128 or 256 GB SSD 128 or 256 GB SSD

Optional 512 GB

128 GB or 256 GB PCIe-based SSD

Optional 512 GB

Video Camera iSight (640 × 480) FaceTime HD (720p)
Connectivity
Internal 802.11 a/b/g/n (AirPort) Internal Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n (AirPort, Broadcom BCM43224 300 Mbit/s) Internal 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (AirPort, Broadcom BCM4360-based 867 Mbit/s)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth 4.0
Optional Apple USB Ethernet 100 Mbit Adapter Optional Apple USB Ethernet 100 Mbit Adapter Optional Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Optional Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 Adapter

Latest release operating system macOS 10.13 High Sierra macOS 10.15 Catalina
Battery
(non removable lithium-ion polymer)
11" 35-watt-hour 38-watt-hour N/A
13" 50-watt-hour 54-watt-hour
Battery cycle count[98] 1000
Unit weight 11" 2.38 lb (1.08 kg) N/A
13" 2.96 lb (1.34 kg)
Dimensions 11" 11.8 in (30 cm) wide × 7.56 in (19.2 cm) deep × 0.11 in (0.3 cm) to 0.68 in (1.7 cm) high N/A
13" 12.8 in (33 cm) wide × 8.94 in (22.7 cm) deep × 0.11 in (0.3 cm) to 0.68 in (1.7 cm) high
Peripheral connections 2× USB 2.0 2× USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort video port Thunderbolt port Thunderbolt 2 port

Up to 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz

MagSafe MagSafe 2
SDXC card slot (13" only)
1× 3.5 mm headphone jack

Third generation (Retina and USB-C)[edit]

A 2018 gray MacBook Air (right) next to a non-Retina 13" model (left).

On October 30, 2018, Apple unveiled a redesigned 13.3" MacBook Air model, with a Retina display, Touch ID, two combination USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, and available in three colors (silver, space gray, and gold). It began shipping the day of the event and was available in-store on November 7. Unlike the previous generation, this model cannot be configured with an Intel Core i7 processor, the reason for this is currently unknown.

The models features a 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The screen displays 48% more color and the bezels are 50% narrower than the previous generation. The new models have same sized screen as the previous generation, but occupies 17% less volume, and are 15.6mm thick and weigh 2.75 pounds.

The base model MacBook Air 2018 comes with 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel Core i5 processor (1.6GHz base clock, with Turbo up to 3.6GHz) and Intel UHD Graphics 617.[99]

Apple released updated models in July 2019 with True Tone display technology and an updated keyboard using the same components as the 2019 MacBook Pro.[100][101]

Technical specifications[edit]

Discontinued Current
Table of models
Model Late 2018 (October)[102] Mid 2019 (July)
Model identifier MacBookAir8,1[103] MacBookAir8,2
Model number (on underside) A1932
Part number (Order number) MRE82xx/A, MREA2xx/A, MREE2xx/A, MRE92xx/A, MREC2xx/A, MREF2xx/A, MUQT2xx/A, MUQU2xx/A, MUQV2xx/A[104] MVFH2xx/A, MVFJ2xx/A, MVFK2xx/A, MVFL2xx/A, MVFM2xx/A, MVFN2xx/A, MVH62xx/A, MVH82xx/A
Display
(glossy)
13.3", native 2560 x 1600 pixels (16:10, 227 ppi) IPS. Lower resolutions supported 13.3", native 2560 x 1600 pixels (16:10, 227 ppi) IPS, True Tone display. Lower resolutions supported
Graphics
(Shared with system memory)
Intel UHD Graphics 617 with up to 1.5 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM shared from main memory
DMI 4 GT/s On Package DMI interconnect Interface 3.0 (OPI) (Max. Theoretical Bandwidth 4 GB/s)
Processor 1.6 GHz (i5-8210Y) dual‑core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost 3.6 GHz, with 4 MB L3‑cache
Memory
8 GB of 2133 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM[105]
Optional to 16 GB at the time of purchase, not upgradable after.
Storage 128 GB or 256 GB PCIe-based SSD
Optional 512 GB or 1.5 TB at the time of purchase, not upgradable after.
128 GB or 256 GB PCIe-based SSD
Optional 512 GB or 1 TB at the time of purchase, not upgradable after.
Security Chip Apple T2
Video Camera FaceTime HD (720p)
Connectivity
Internal 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Peripheral connections Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C 3.1 Gen 2) ports supporting charging and DisplayPort
1× 3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery
(non removable lithium-ion polymer)
11.4 V 49.9 W·h (4,379 mA·h)[106]
Battery cycle count[107] 1000
Unit weight 2.75 lb (1.25 kg)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions 176 kg CO2e[108]
Dimensions 11.97 in (30 cm) wide × 8.36 in (21.2 cm) deep × 0.16 in (0.4 cm) to 0.61 in (1.5 cm) high

Timeline of the MacBook family

iMac (Intel-based)MacBook Pro#Fourth generationMacBook Pro#Fourth generationMacBook Pro#Fourth generationMacBook Pro#Third generation (Retina)MacBook Pro#Third generation (Retina)MacBook Pro#Second generation (unibody)MacBook Pro#Second generation (unibody)MacBook Pro#Second generation (unibody)MacBook#Unibody aluminum modelMacBook Pro#First generationMacBook Pro#First generationMacBook#Unibody polycarbonate modelMacBook#Original polycarbonate modelMacBook AirMacBook (Retina)MacBook AirMacBook Air


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In this article, the conventional prefixes for computer storage denote base-10 values whereby "kilobyte" (KB) = 103 bytes, "megabyte" (MB) = 106 bytes and "gigabyte" (GB) = 109 bytes.
  2. ^ In this article, the conventional prefixes for computer RAM denote base-2 values whereby kilobyte (KB) = 210 bytes, megabyte (MB) = 220 bytes and "gigabyte" (GB) = 230 bytes.

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