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Even though it has the same .68-inch thin body as the previous two models, the mid-2012 MacBook Air adds in Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors, two USB 3.0 ports, and the option to double its RAM to 8GB and up its SSD storage capacity to 512GB.

Description

The 2011 MacBook Air keeps the same super-slim design as the previous model, yet includes double the power with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. It's also been updated with a backlit keyboard and Thunderbolt port.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jul. 20, 2011
  • Price at launch: $1,299.99
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: 0.68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Notable apps: OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3427U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.8 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-2557M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2677M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.9 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 384 MB
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Video resolution: VGA
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • GeekBench: 6736
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 34 minutes

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 10134
  • 3DMarkVantage (IGP): 1748
  • 3DMark06 (IGP): 4195
  • Just Cause 2: 11.32
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours 53 minutes
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