With the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 60 percent faster graphics and faster flash storage, MacBook Air packs a lot of features into an astonishing 2.38 pounds.
New Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. A big shift in power.
Integrating a faster processor, more powerful graphics and a memory controller into a single chip makes for some serious performance. The new Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers up to 60 percent faster graphics1 — performance you’ll really notice in the games you play, the movies you watch and the FaceTime calls you make. And MacBook Air now supports up to 8GB of memory, so you can run more memory-intensive applications without compromising performance.
Faster all-flash storage. Even more instant gratification.
Part of what makes MacBook Air so responsive is that it’s designed entirely around flash storage. Not only does this make MacBook Air much lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks, it also provides faster access to data and gives you instant-on capability. Available up to 512GB, this next-generation flash storage is up to 4x faster than a traditional 5400-rpm notebook hard drive and faster than the previous-generation MacBook Air.2 So when you flip open MacBook Air, it starts up in seconds. Even after a month in standby mode, the screen springs to life. Apps launch quickly. And with no moving parts, flash storage stays quiet.
Long-lasting battery. Instant on. Even after a month off.
Since space-saving flash storage leaves room for a bigger battery, you can devote more time to the things you enjoy most. Things like browsing the web, editing photos and watching videos. Get up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge on the 11-inch model and up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model. Put MacBook Air to sleep, and it enters standby mode to conserve battery life for up to 30 days.3 And with Power Nap — a new feature in OS X Mountain Lion — you’ll continue to receive new email and calendar invitations while MacBook Air is asleep. When it’s connected to a power source, it can download software updates and make backups with Time Machine. So when you come back to your MacBook Air and open it up, it’s on in an instant. And everything is right there waiting for you.
Thunderbolt and USB 3. Make some powerful connections.
With the lightning-fast Thunderbolt port, you can connect your MacBook Air to the latest devices and displays, like the Apple Thunderbolt Display. But that’s not the whole story. MacBook Air also comes equipped with two USB 3 ports, so you can connect the latest USB 3 devices and access a pipeline that’s up to 10 times faster than USB 2. With just a few connections, MacBook Air transforms from an ultraportable notebook to a complete workstation.
Your MacBook Air finds available Wi-Fi networks automatically and lets you connect with just a click. So you can browse the web, send email and print documents no matter where you are.4 And with Bluetooth technology, you can connect MacBook Air to Bluetooth-enabled devices like speakers and headphones. Even without all the wires, you’re totally connected.
Display and camera. Worth a second look. And a third. And a fourth.
High-resolution display. Millions of pixels. Millimetres thin.
Corner to corner and pixel by pixel, the MacBook Air display is both an engineering feat and a design breakthrough. The display measures a mere 4.86 millimetres (0.19 inch) thin, yet the resolution is so high, you’ll feel like you’re looking at a much larger screen. And with good reason. The 11-inch MacBook Air features a resolution equal to that of a typical 13-inch notebook, while the 13-inch MacBook Air wows with a resolution equivalent to a typical 15-inch notebook.
720p FaceTime HD camera. Clearly, it’s a big deal.
Let your friends and family see more of you with the new 720p FaceTime HD camera. With three times the resolution of the previous FaceTime camera, every smile looks a lot brighter. And the widescreen format means everyone can fit into the picture without having to crowd around the display.
Multi-Touch trackpad. It goes hand in hand with OS X.
The Multi-Touch gestures in OS X make everything you do on MacBook Air more intuitive, direct and fun. And the spacious Multi-Touch trackpad is perfectly designed for them, whether it’s a three-finger swipe to activate Mission Control or a four-finger pinch to see all your apps in Launchpad. Gesture responses are smooth and realistic. So when you’re scrolling up and down a web page or swiping from one full-screen app to another, it’s almost like you’re touching what you’re seeing.
Press down anywhere to click. Or, with Tap to Click enabled, tap the trackpad.
Press down two times anywhere. Or, with Tap to Click enabled, double-tap the trackpad.
Tap to zoom
Double-tap the trackpad with two fingers to magnify a web page or PDF.
Slide two fingers up or down the trackpad to scroll through documents, websites and more.
Swipe to navigate
Flip through web pages, documents and more like thumbing pages in a book.
View Mission Control
Swipe up on the trackpad to get a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac.
Backlit keyboard. What you see is what you type.
As incredibly compact as MacBook Air is, it still manages to fit a full-size keyboard that makes typing as natural as it is comfortable. And the keyboard is backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light. A built-in ambient light sensor detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the display and keyboard brightness automatically. From a seat in a sunny café to a seat on a cross-country red-eye, you’ll always have the perfect lighting for any environment.
iCloud keeps the stuff you use every day on all your devices — automatically. And it works seamlessly with your favourite Apple apps. Learn more about iCloud
It’s like having your own team of experts.
Every new Mac comes with professional advice, award-winning service and support, and a world of online resources.
Support from AppleCare.
A Mac includes 90 days of free telephone technical support and a one-year limited warranty. If you purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan, you can extend that coverage to three years from the original purchase date of your Mac.
Support from the Apple Retail Store.
You can always get expert advice at the Genius Bar in any Apple Retail Store. Even better, when you buy a Mac directly from Apple, you can sign up for One to One. A personal trainer will help you transfer files from your old computer and give you a year’s worth of in-person training sessions.
Testing conducted by Apple in May 2012 using preproduction 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based 13-inch MacBook Air units and preproduction 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based 11-inch MacBook Air units with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 4GB of RAM. 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Air systems and 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based 11-inch MacBook Air units with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and 4GB of RAM were production units. Tested at native resolutions using Half-Life 2: Episode Two v(4295)(420) and Portal 2 v(4941)(620) with 4x anti-aliasing and high graphics quality. Half-Life 2: Episode Two timedemo test file: Storm. Portal 2 timedemo test file: Laser stairs. MacBook Air continuously monitors system thermal and power conditions, and may adjust processor speed as needed to maintain optimal system operation.
Testing conducted by Apple in May 2012 using preproduction 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 11-inch MacBook Air units with 128GB of flash storage and preproduction 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Air units with 256GB of flash storage. 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 11-inch MacBook Air units with 128GB of flash storage and 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Air systems with 256GB of flash storage were production units. 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive was tested using production 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems. All units were configured with 4GB of RAM. Testing conducted using Iometer 2006.07.27 with a 30-second ramp-up, 5-minute run duration, 512KB request size and 8 outstanding IOs. 11-inch MacBook Air test file size = 100GB; all other systems test file size = 150GB. Average rotational media performance calculated by creating the test file on the outer, middle and inner sectors of the drive and averaging the results from all three measurements. MacBook Air continuously monitors system thermal and power conditions, and may adjust performance as needed to maintain optimal system operation.
Testing conducted by Apple in May 2012 using preproduction 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based 13-inch MacBook Air units and preproduction 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based 11-inch MacBook Air units. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 50%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.ca/batteries for more information.
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