MBA 2011 vs. 2012

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Pokefielder, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Pokefielder macrumors newbie

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    I currently have a MacBook 2.1 from 2006. And much like it sounds its very old, and in turn isnt very fast. Im looking to upgrade to a MacBook Air, and dont want to spend extra money for the 2013 model. Im looking to save as much money as possible, so is the 2012 model THAT much better? Im also looking to upgrade my IPod touch 4G to 5G, but Im assuming waits until fall is better considering a new Ipod might lower the price.

    So my question is: Is the extra money really worth it?
     
  2. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    They get better every year. How much better depends on what you plan to do with it. If money is a major concern for you right now, a used 2011 with some solid specs is not a bad purchase. The 2013's have excellent battery and super performing hard drives, definitely a nice to have. But again, if money is tight, save your cash. You can get a nicely spec'd 2011 for $7-800 with AppleCare still active.
     
  3. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    I was debating whether to go with the new 2013 or 2012 myself a few days ago. In particular I was looking for the 256GB model (13"). Finding one new however proved to be quite difficult and in the end I went with the 2013. I waited for over a week for Apple to post some refurbs, but they haven't.

    You can get some great deals now on the 11" Airs on the refurb site...I see a 2011 model with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $719...which is a good deal and comes with warranty and ability to get AppleCare. If you wait more there should be plenty of options in the next few weeks. I do remember seeing the 2012 model with 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD (13") for just over a G.
     
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    A week? Not very patience are we.

    For 2012 I recall not seeing refurbs for 3 months.

    But yes 2006-2011+ HUGE difference. Only ur wallet knows.
     
  5. Pokefielder thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dont need much memory, 128GB would be enough, and I am looking at the same refurbished Mac on the store, what do you mean by specs though? Money is definitely a major concern, but i don't want to get a knew MacBook that isn't much better than my old one. Also, is there any sites where I would get good trade-in value for the Mac? Also, I figured it was a huge difference, I just wanted to make sure the difference between 2011 and 2012 wasnt worth the extra $150 if money is tight.
     
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    2011-2012 15-20% overall improvement. If light duty and severe budget, go 2011.

    Don't forget the price of a laptop is just a start. U will be spending money on cases, pouch, an extra charger perhaps, AppleCare plan blah-blah. Is the 2006 a Powebook? If so more$ for Intel software.
     
  7. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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  8. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I needed it immediately. I probably waited longer than that, they were only posting the 128GB versions, and for me 256GB or larger is a must.
     

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