New 2019 MacBook Air already 81 days old

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lambertjohn, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. lambertjohn, Jul 26, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019

    lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    One of my buddies just purchased a 2019 MacBook Air from Micro Center here in Dallas. He asked for my help setting it up so I happily obliged. All went well. The computer works fine. However, out of curiosity, I installed Coconut Battery (something I always do on new Macs) to check the age of the computer and the age of its battery, and I'm kind of shocked at what I found.

    This brand new, 2019 MacBook Air which was supposedly released earlier this month, is already 81 days old, and the battery is 200 days old! See attached screenshot. Curious what the MacRumors community thinks about this. Is this normal? Is this really a 2019 MacBook Air? FYI: Micro Center just started carrying these about a week ago.

    2019 Air = 81 days old.
    Its battery = 200 days old.


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  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Just a guess, but all the components aren't manufactured the day you buy the computer
    Many different components made at different times all come together eventually and you buy it
  3. lambertjohn thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    uh, yeah, I get that. But this thing is already 81 days old and it just came out a week ago. 81 days. You would think it would be something more recent than that, like early July or even late June. And the battery...made in January. I'm just saying, I thought the date stamp on this thing would be a little more recent than it is.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Production has to start a lot earlier than it gets released in order to build up stock and inventory
    I'm not saying I know what I'm talking about (I rarely do), but that would just be my guess
  5. vaugha macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2011
    Very normal. If you want the newest mba, then you need to do a bto. W/ btos, you can get a machine that's less than 2 weeks old. Even w/ btos, the battery will be older than the machine itself. For example, my 2019 mbp which was a bto was manufactured on July 8 of this year. Battery was made on June 19. I picked it up on July 18.
  6. Erehy Dobon macrumors regular

    Erehy Dobon

    Feb 16, 2018

    The standard configurations are part of the normal production ramp prior to launch. Your MacBook Air has been sitting in a warehouse for a couple of months. Same thing if you buy a video game console on the day it launches. It wasn't made yesterday.

    My BTO MacBook Air 2019 was also manufactured on July 8, just like vaugha's. The battery was manufactured on June 23. It was delivered to me on July 17.
  7. BLBL, Jul 27, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019

    BLBL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2018
    There is a pretty big difference between battery and machine build date in your unit. Otherwise that sounds about right since these are being manufactured long before actual release and they can be sitting in warehouse quite a while. Maybe they designed 2019 Air updates much earlier but wanted to sell old 2018 model first.

    Anyway my point here is that it is good if your battery did not arrive empty when you got your machine. Or did it? How is your battery health? If it is over 100% and stays there for a while and not go down almost immediately you should be fine.

    I had briefly Air 2018 model I bought a month ago or so and it was manufactured like 5,5 months earlier and battery couple weeks before that (so battery was totally just over 6 months) and that machine arrived with completely drained battery and it would not turn on for the first time until I plugged in charger. It turned out that battery was not very good and was already under design charge capacity and it did go even much lower within first couple weeks (it was around 96-97% with under 10 charge cycles), so I ended up returning it and bought entry Pro that was only about month ago manufactured. Bad battery was not my only reason for returning Air but just released entry Pro was just too tempting with nice discount so these reasons combined and still within return period from my dealer, it was no brainer because price between the two machines was very close.
  8. Macintoshrumors macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2016
    They are not manufactured the day you buy them. Give me a break, stop trying to force a “gate” here and use common sense.
  9. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Apple always ramps up production months before a new release. The iPhone is notorious for coverage of this. Just a few weeks ago we saw on this site reporting that the new iPhones logic boards are already in production.

    Welcome to the world of global supply chains.
  10. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Whoa! That's harsh! The OP was legitimately taken aback by what he found and posted here to get input. His was a reasonable post, thoughtfully expressed. He wasn’t trying to create a “gate”! Indeed, he was doing exactly the opposite, asking if what he found was normal.

    You owe him an apology!

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