Is the Macbook Air 2015 much different than 2014?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sharp01, May 4, 2015.

  1. sharp01 macrumors newbie

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    Wondering, I got a new MBA 2015 (11") and I wanted to know -- is it REALLY a major improvement? I know the specs but... anyone who has either both or tested both, what do you think -- real life experience wise?
    Thanks
     
  2. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502

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    I don't own a 2015 but looking at Geekbech scores it are little improvements over the 2014 version. The MacBook Air won't get any new massive speed improvements I think it's still the cheapest All-in-one Mac..
     
  3. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like an answer to the same question. I have a fully-loaded 2013 11" - i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - and I use it for work. It's also my desktop machine at times, docked to a TBD.

    I wouldn't be opposed to upgrading to the newest 11" if there's a significant performance difference between the two models. Does half a GHz make for any real-world speed increase?

    If there's anyone who's pulled the trigger and can give us some insight, please do!
     
  4. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    This isn't an answer to your question: but what you have - though refurbished - is what I've got my eye on, over the 2015. From everything I've seen, what you have is a fantastic long-lasting machine. Though I don't have the figures in hand to back that statement up.
     
  5. newellj macrumors 601

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    I had a 2015 11" briefly while I owned a 2014 11". On pure numbers, yes, there was a difference. It was completely unnoticeable in real life use. YMMV, I suppose, but...
     
  6. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    You can text search for macbook air on this page and compile the benchmark numbers:
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks

    Besides pure performance, there is also a few other minor changes:
    - faster ssd transfer speed
    - thunderbolt 2
    - 4K@60Hz resolution support
    - batterylife?

    In real life, I don't think you will notice much difference. I also have the all in 2013 11" model and it is snappy.
     
  7. Y So Jelly macrumors regular

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    I believe the SSD is only faster for the 13" model.
     
  8. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    Officially at the presentation, but people have reported in here that the 2015 11" also have it. It would also be strange for Apple to use different parts for no reason.
     

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