best OS for MacBook Air mid 2012, 4gb

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  1. Kevsurf macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys,

    can you please give me a hint which OS is the fastest for my machine?
    At the moment, I am on El Capitan but I have the Feeling that Mavericks was the fastest OS on it -since Lion (which it came with).

    Thank you guys in advance...

    Kevin
     
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  3. throAU macrumors 603

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    2c.

    Stay current.

    Your machine will run 10.11 and that will receive security updates for longer.
     
  4. Kevsurf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your answer...It would shure be the easiest Thing to do. But I am afraid that alle new features and all future features will slow down my machine. I only have 4 gb of ram....Do you think thats a problem?
     
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    Shouldn't be a problem i don't think as your air has SSD...

    You are correct in your assumption that Mavericks may be a bit faster though. But you'll need to upgrade sooner or later for software support and updates.
     
  6. Kevsurf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks again, I will think of it...most probably I will downgrade to Mavericks...
    btw: does Mavs still receive security updates?
     
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    I did just check, looks like it had a security update in January so i think yes.


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    source: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201222
     
  8. Kevsurf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thx for checking and answering my question...
     
  9. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I would stick with 10.11. I run it on my 2011 air with 2GB of RAM, and it runs quite well.
     
  10. gertruded macrumors 6502

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    The mid 2012 has a SSD. My mid 2012 air has 4 gigs of ram and is running the latest version OS well. The newer airs have improved battery life by using lower power chips, and some improvement in graphics capability, but otherwise the 2012 air is still an up to date machine. 4 gigs is enough for most users, unless you are running Windows within OSX.

    I feel no reason to update to a newer model, the 2012 air is my main machine, currently hooked up to a 23 inch monitor and a 2 terabyt HD
     
  11. Kevsurf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So you're saying that our 2012 MBA is almost as fast as the latest MBA and they only difference is that the newer chipsets are less battery demanding?
     
  12. Daniva, Mar 16, 2016
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    Here are MBA 13 benchmarks:
    MBA 13 mid 2012 - Intel Core i5 1,8GHz = Single Core Score 2351, Multi Core Score 4742
    MBA 13 early 2015 - Intel Core i5 1,6GHz = Single Core Score 2540, Multi Core Score 5040

    So, you won't see significant differences in daily use. The main noticeable difference is the battery life, but remember that, when your A-1406 battery expires, it can be replaced with the A-1496 wich is the same installed on MBA 13 early 2015 and you'll see a more than 9 hours battery life
     
  13. Kevsurf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your post. According to this values, it acutally does not ake sense to buy a new MacBook Air when it comes to daily computing (sure, battery is another issue).
    I will get my battery replaced...
     
  14. MarkDingwall macrumors newbie

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    Found this old thread by putting in a search term!

    I was wondering what people would recommend for my MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012) - worth updating to High Sierra or would that slow it down too much?

    Currently running El Capitan 10.11.6
     
  15. twdawson macrumors regular

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    Running high Sierra on my mid 2013 air and no problems at all
     
  16. Macdctr macrumors 6502

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    Kevin, your 2012 MBA is still a great computer to use on a daily basis. I would probably run El Cap (OS 10.11) on this laptop although it should run High Sierra.

    With that said... I have two 2012 MBPs that I have High Sierra running on but both of those computers also have 16GB RAM installed. I know you're limited with 4GB on your MBA so that's why I say you should be okay running El Cap.
     
  17. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Folks I think with OSX you have no choice but to keep up. I've been staying with Maverick (the last with 3D icons) then websites I visit keep telling me my Safari is obsolete, and then won't display any more graphics/video, and after repeatedly ignoring gmail constant admonition to upgrade, it finally stopped working. HOW DO YOU PUT UP WITH IT?
     
  18. Byambaa993 macrumors newbie

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    When I updated my OS to Sierra then High Sierra, my Macbook Pro mid 2012 4gb Ram has become much slower. The time of application launch has tripled or maybe even more. I have formatted my OS and reinstalled Yosemite. Now my macbook is much faster. I think that with 4 GB RAM one shouldn't update further than yosemite, because new OS with new features slows down our old "friend".
     
  19. twdawson macrumors regular

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    I have a 2013 air so could someone tell me what OS it came with and would it be best to roll back from High Sierra.
    Can I put Yosemite on it, if so where would I get the installer from.
     
  20. BookEmDanno macrumors 6502

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    I have High Sierra on my Mid 2011 13" Macbook Air. No issues as far as performance and features are concerned.
     

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