MBA Mid 2012 vs Todays MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JD76, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. JD76 macrumors member

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    hey everyone...

    I own an 11" Mid 2012 MBA and was looking to get more HD space. I was wondering... my options is to either swap out my current SSD for a new one and use this laptop for the next couple of years or sell it for a new one... My question is how much faster are the new ones vs a 2012? Is there much of a difference in anything between both MBA's?
     
  2. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    There are 3 key differences:

    1. The battery life: the 2013/2014 model works with more energy efficient Haswell processor instead of Ivy bridge in the 2012 model. In addition the battery has a slightly higher capacity. As a result the battery life increased from 5 to 9 hours!
    2. The SSD in the 2012 model is SATA, the 2013 uses PCIe which is faster
    3. The video processor has been upgraded from Intel HD4000 to HD5000

    So the new one is definitely faster, if you would notice it in your work depends on what you do with it. I personally think the 2013 is a fairly significant upgrade and if you can sell your 2012 one for a good price I would get the new model.

    Detailed comparison here:
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...es-between-macbook-air-mid-2013-mid-2012.html
     
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I believe the new model also has the faster 802.11ac wifi. :)
     
  4. Kaylor macrumors regular

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    Indeed it does. The 2012 only has 802.11a/b/g/n

    I have a 2012 13" MBA and honestly the most compelling upgrade from it to a 2013 or 2014 MBA is the battery life. As a student, I take my MBA everywhere. It'd be nice to not carry around my magsafe on days I know I'll be using my MBA for 10+ hours, but right now I don't have the means to upgrade so I deal with it for now. It's not a terrible inconvenience, but an inconvenience nonetheless.
     
  5. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502

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    Are the mid 2012 MBA hard drives replaceable, or are they soldered in?
     
  6. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    They are replaceable, and there are two third party vendors to buy them from (finally :) ).
     
  7. ldburroughs macrumors 6502

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    You will likely only notice an improvement in battery life. That improvement will be rather significant. The SSD is faster, but not worth the upgrade in my opinion. The form factor is nearly identical. If you are serious about upgrading, I'd recommend one of two things: 1. Buy an Apple refurbished MacBook Air or 2. Wait it out until the retina MacBook Airs are released if you're set on buying new.

    I bought a refurbished MacBook Air and received a higher spec model (ordered 4gb of ram and my MacBook Air came with 8gb) from Apple with the same one-year AppleCare that comes standard on all new MacBooks. You may not get the "silent" upgrade, but it always a possibility. Just search the forum and you'll find countless examples. You will certainly receive one that nearly indistinguishable from the current 2014 model for a lot less money. Both the 2013 and 2014 use the same graphics chipset as well. I believe it is the Intel HD Graphics 5000.

    If you are considering buying new, then I would suggest waiting for the newer version to be released if you can. The retina screen will be a significant improvement and more worthy upgrade in my opinion. The current screen has a low pixel density and looks a bit washed out. It's the MacBook Air's achilles heal.
     
  8. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    I would completely agree with this.
    IMO It really isn't worth the upgrade from a 2012 to a 2013/2014 model. I would hang on for the Rumored retina version. Only you know if you feel it is worth it. If you had a 2010 or so I'd say maybe, but a 2012 is still a very solid machine.
     
  9. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

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    If you legitimately need the extra 6 hours of battery life it's worth the upgrade, otherwise probably not. I read the processor is actually a bit slower on the 13 too
     
  10. flowrider macrumors 601

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    They are replaceable:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1729071

    My Review of the Transend JetDrive:

     
  11. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    The very slight difference in processor speed is way offset by the PCIe SSD which makes the 13/14 models feel noticeable faster in nearly every aspect. I was quite surprised by just how fast the newer Airs are then the 2012 models.

    Can't really go wrong with either machine, but the jump to the PCIe SSD's was a difference maker in performance IMO.
     
  12. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the review! I'm looking at a mid 2012 MBA with 64GB SSD for $500, but I was worried about the size if the SSD and have been researching the aftermarket choices.
     
  13. flowrider, Jul 7, 2014
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    You're welcome. That's the size drive I had in my MBA. It was sheer folly on my part to buy a machine with an SSD that small. But, thank goodness Transend came to the rescue. And in addition, my OE 64GB drive is now mounted in the Transend's external housing as an added bonus.

    Lou
     
  14. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a great plan. Now I need to decide if the 2012 is worth $500 + $190 for a 240gb Jetdrive!
     
  15. JD76 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all for your awesome advice. Im gonna stick with my 2012 until the new one gets announced...
     
  16. Kaylor macrumors regular

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    Sound choice. Just figure out your storage situation and you should be fine until then.
     
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    http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/macbook-air/

     
  19. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

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    I personally noticed a large difference in wake from sleep times with my old 2012 13" MBA vs my current 2013 MBA.

    I had the opportunity to use my old computer recently while visiting my sister (who inherited said computer). It was noticeably slower waking from sleep than my new computer but otherwise performance was ok. Keep in mind I have a lot more installed and usually running on my computer than my sister who basically uses it like a glorified netbook (sigh...)

    But if I was you I would wait for the MBA redesign. It can't be that far off and you can always get by with an external hard drive in the mean time.
     
  20. KimHansenDK macrumors 6502

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    My 2012 MBA (maxed out 13-inch) wakes up instantly...
     
  21. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I went from a 2011 to a 2013 MBA. I don't recall any difference in the wake-up time between these machines.
     

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