Compare Different Vintages of Macs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by obafgkm, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. obafgkm macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Is there a way to compare the specifications of an older Mac with a new (or newer) Mac? I'm thinking of a site that allows one to click on different machines and then compare the specs (much as Apple's website allows one to do with currently-sold models).

    Specifically for myself, I would like to easily compare my mid-2011 Macbook Air with the current Macbook Air and the various Macbook Pros, but I would like to think generally.
  2. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
  3. Boyd01 Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Maybe this?

    I used to own a 2011 MBA, currently have a 2013. There are some basic things to keep in mind when you compare it with newer versions. The 2011 MBA has slow USB 2.0 ports that limit the speed of an external drive to about 30MB/sec. In 2013 these were upgraded to USB 3.0. I get about 180MB/sec speed with inexpensive USB desktop drives on the 2013 MBA and the port is capable of much faster speeds than that.

    The SD card slot is also limited to the speed of the slow USB 2.0 bus on the 2011 MBA.

    In 2013 Apple also upgraded the wifi to the 802.11AC spec. This is also around 5 to 6 times faster than the wifi on your 2011 MBA. You might not notice much if any difference browsing the web, but if you use services on a local network, like a shared disk, it's a huge speed increase.

    The SSD is also faster on the newer MBA. You might not especially notice this though.

    Perhaps the biggest improvement is battery life that's almost twice as long, also starting in 2013. This is the result of using a CPU chip that's much more power efficient, and not the battery itself.

    So you will notice a significant improvement over your 2011 MBA starting with the 2013 models. I would focus on these things and not CPU specs, which are really pretty similar and don't offer much reason to upgrade in and of themselves.
  4. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2011
    The site mentioned above, is a great site. You can sign up for twice monthly emails as well.
  5. obafgkm thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Thanks all for the recommendations, especially the detailed one from Boyd01.
  6. kiwipeso1 Suspended


    Sep 17, 2001
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Try mactracker on the mac app store, it has everything apple has sold in the app with specs and configurations.

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