Is It Worth Changing?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by oo7ml, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. oo7ml macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010

    I have a MB Air - Mid 2011 (256gb / 4gb)

    I use the machine over 12 hours a day... so as you can imagine the battery is gone in it.

    I was thinking of getting a new MB Air, and i've looked around the Apple website, and i was surprised to see that the specs are not all that better than my Mid 2011 machine... BUT maybe i am missing something, as surely it's a lot better, considering it's 4 years on.


    01 - what are your thoughts on my situation and the latest MB Air?

    02 - is there a new MB Air model coming out any time soon (i don't want to buy a new one and find out a newer model (for the same price) is coming out in a few months)

    Thanks in advance for any help you have.
  2. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    If you were to buy now would be a great time. Best buy has the base 13" model for $799! With a 10% movers coupon that brings it to $719 normally $999. The deal is until Sunday I believe. That is the 2015 model too.
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    The computers are essentially the same except for one key difference. The processor in the current model uses MUCH less power. So it will give you much longer battery life. And if you get into situations where your 2011 runs hot and/or loud, then 2015 model will be much cooler and quieter and faster in those same situations.

    The more recent models also have USB 3.0 which can really improve file transfer speeds if you use e.g. external drives.
  4. unibility macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    BestBuy's 10% mover's coupon does not apply to price match, clearance or sale items. I thought about this too. :eek:
  5. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I was going to say this so I guess I'll just second it. Even compared to when your current MBA was new, the current (or even 2014 or 2013 refurbs, which can be attractively priced) will give you significantly better battery life.
  6. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    The 2015 MBA and MBPR are marked "clearance" on the website. I used a 10% movers coupon no problem. BB has the best deals right now for base model 2015 MacBooks.

    $799 for the 2015 13" MBA 128GB

    It WAS $1099 for the 2015 MBPR 13" 128gb
  7. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    The 2013 models featured a huge improvement in battery life over the 2012 and earlier, models.

    I had a 2010 MBA, currently have a 2013 (CTO maxed out) 13" and had a 2012 11" (as an emergency standby) for a few months.

    I think you will notice that the battery life is a lot better. As I went from 2 GB RAM to 8 GB RAM, and from 128 GB SSD to 512 GB SSD, I also noticed a massive increase in speed and power.
  8. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    Yes they are - it's what I did.

    In fact, if you search the official best buy forums, you'll find people complaining a particular store wouldn't - so the district manager responded and re-educated the store employees.
  9. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I went from a 2011 to a 2013 MBA and am still very happy with it. I found it a huge upgrade. 4gb RAM and 256gb SSD were the max in 2011, my 2013 machine has 8gb RAM and 512gb SSD. The USB 3.0 interface is also very significant, my cheap USB 3.0 drives transfer data at 170MB/sec and mys USB 2.0 drives max out at 35MB/sec. Makes quite a difference when transferring large files or running backups.

    The 802.11ac wifi is also a huge speed increase if you have a compatible router. I get about 60MB/sec connecting to shared drive over wifi. That is almost twice as fast as a direct-connect USB drive on my 2011 MBA.

    The added battery life is also really significant, almost twice what I got on the 2011 machine.

    See if you can find any 2013 refurbs on Apple's site. They are the sweet spot in price vs performance IMO.
  10. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2011
    That's my conclusion, too. After all the terrific advice on many of these threads and my own research, I'm looking at the refurbs (they have 2014 machines as well), because I also wanted more RAM/flash storage. Haven't pulled the trigger yet, but keeping an eye here.

    One new thing I learned from all of you: I didn't realize that one could buy the Apple Care separately; eg, I could buy the machine from Apple, let's say, and the Apple Care from B&H. I haven't figured out the timing/logistics of this, but who knew?
  11. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    One bit of timing is certain: you can buy it any time before your 1 year warranty is up (make sure you check the date in your support profile on the Apple web site). Then set a calendar reminder so you don't miss the date. :eek: :(
  12. Rhcpcjg macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    today is the last day, I purchased one today with a movers coupon, education coupon, and some best buy rewards certificates, total was $660.


    That is wrong, I was able to use a movers coupon and a education coupon to purchase the already discounted 2015 13' macbook air.

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