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macrumors 65816
Original poster
Apr 3, 2012
Hi everyone,

Is anyone here make jump fro. 2012 to 2016 version? What the difference in daily usage? Is the processor and SSD speed bump really make the machine much speedier than 2012 version?

CMIIW, the 2012 version has more power-consumption processor compared to its successors in order to increase battery life. Does this make 2012 and 2016 feel indifferent as well?

Thank you in advance.



macrumors 6502a
Aug 13, 2017
Battery in newer model is better
slightly better CPU & GPU
much quicker SSD
less power consumption in newer model because LPDDR3 and more efficiency CPU
thunderbolt 2
WIFI with AC

also 2016 model is same like 2015, but 2016 is offered only with 8GB RAM
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Staff member
Feb 21, 2012
New Jersey Pine Barrens
The most significant upgrade will be run time that approaches twice the 2012 MBA. The 802.11ac wifi is also really nice, if you have a router that supports it. It is something like 5x the speed of the wifi on the 2012 model which makes a huge difference working big files on local network drives over wifi. Would also be noticable if you have a really fast internet connection such as FIOS.

The SSD is certainly faster, but I think the only significant difference is with the 256 and 512 models, not the 128. But it depends on how you use the machine, many people would never notice the difference. And unless you do the things I mentioned above, you probably won't notice the improved wifi speed.

But anyone should notice the difference between 6 hours and 12 hours run time on battery. :)


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Apr 3, 2012
Great! Thank you Boyd01. Yes I plan to buy 256gb version. I hope money spent worth for the improvement.
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macrumors 65816
Jul 25, 2017
I had a new early 2015 MBA and now have a 2012 early MBA. Aside from bettery battery life, there is no noticeable difference to me. I use Safari, photos, itunes, some light games. Feels identical. I got mine used for $440, looks near new. Your call. If you can afford it, go new with warranty. Open box from Best Buy also has good pricing with full warranty or Apple refurbished.
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