2012 vs 2014 MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dmw16, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. dmw16 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    As a follow up to an earlier post I am pretty set on getting my wife a MBA for Christmas.

    I was looking around and Best Buy has a current model 13" Air for $899 which is a little better than the $949 we'd pay with her educator's discount but a little more than the $849 for a refurb. But I think $50 is worth having a brand new machine as a gift.

    Then I saw that Apple has refurb June 2012 models for $780. That's a bit more compelling.

    She's almost always gotten my hand me down machines and she's a good sport about it, but part of me wants to give her a fresh new computer. But Apple does a nice job of making their refurb stuff look like new both in terms of the item and packaging.

    From a usage standpoint she does web, MS Office, and some music composition stuff (Sibellius for those that know what that is) as well as a musical scores database written in Filemaker.

    I plan to put a windows partition on it for Win7 and install Parallels so she can use Windows Office (office for Mac is terrible). So that's probably the biggest performance draw.

    Just curious if anyone can comment, in a practical sense, the differences between the two.

  2. BanjoBanker macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2006
    Mt Brook, AL
    The refurbs are just as good as brand new in my experience. I have bought two for my wife and neither have given us any trouble. Save the money and buy the most recent version refurb they have.
    Also, you think Office for Mac is terrible? Have you used it? I prefer the Mac version by far to the Windows version, and I use the most current versions: Windows at work, Mac at home. I would not waste the money or storage space to run Paralells and Windows Office on my Mac. I would just load Office for Mac.
  3. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    I disagree:eek: Ofice for Mac is GREAT IMHO. Fast. smooth and certainly complete. It runs very well with Yosemite also.

    As far as Refurb or New. She's your wife for gosh sakes. Doesn't she deserve a new machine?

    What about this:



    or for $100 (2013 model). more, 256GB SSD:


  4. dmw16 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    I have bought a few refurb products and they have been rock solid. That wasn't even a concern. My concern was performance of the 2012 vs 2014.

    Seems I'm in the minority on the Office thing. I really don't like Mac Office. I installed it on both of our MBP's and maybe it's just what we are used to, but we both really don't care for it.

    It's as though buttons are moved and workflows (for lack of a better term) are different. You two are actually the first two I've spoken to that like the Mac over the Windows version of Office.
  5. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Office for Mac is ok, nothing wrong with it. Maybe keep waiting until spring 2015 for the new 12" MBA
  6. dmw16 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    Christmas isn't in the spring... :p
  7. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Maybe for Christmas a promise letter for a new 12"MBA :D that will come in the 2015
  8. dmw16 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    Her eyes would glaze over before I got thru the first spec line. :D
  9. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    For the small difference in price I'd definitely spring for the 2014 model. The battery life is much better, the PCIe SSD is faster and all of the internals will be 2 years newer for 100 or so more.
  10. mangomind, Oct 21, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 24, 2014

    mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    2012 vs 2014 Macbook air

    Noticeable improvements
    - increased battery life

    Unnoticeable improvements:
    - slightly increased solid state storage speed
    - slightly increased graphics performance
    - very, very slightly increased CPU performance
    - can access ac wifi networks

    That is every single improvement. If you don't need a whole ton of battery life, then both models are unnoticeably different.
  11. shah1 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    Is it possible to replace the battery of the 2012 MBA with the new 2014 battery??
  12. reundo macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2014
    It doesn't have as much to do with the battery as it does with the processor. The newer processors in the 2013 and 2014 models are more energy efficient.
  13. shah1 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    Ah I see. I've got a 2012 MBA i5, 8gb ram and in two minds whether I should sell for a newer MBA or just upgrade the storage. Battery was also something I thought I could replace to increase overall life but as you state that is dependant on newer processors being more efficient.
  14. Weiser878 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    The 2013 and 14 also have stereo microphones compared with mono for the '12

    Maybe not a big deal you/her, but worth noting.

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