Noticeable difference 2010 MBA vs. 2013 MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by John25, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. John25 macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010
    Hi, I'm considering upgrading from my late 2010 MBA base model 13" to the base model 2013 MBA. Is there a noticeable difference going from Intel C2D to Haswell? Is it worth the upgrade? Thanks
  2. Saberon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    The CPU/SSD changes alone are huge. Not to mention battery life. I'd say go for it unless you're happy with everything on the 2010. If you do any light gaming, the HD5000 will destroy the 320m

    I'd get 8gb of ram though. It's 2013 and 4GB just simply is disappointing to put it mildly.
  3. wermy macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2013
    Yup, the differences will be pretty dramatic. Every difference by itself would be a big improvement: CPU, memory, SSD, GPU, battery... With all those combined, you're looking at a HUGE upgrade. :)
  4. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    I'm sticking with my 2010 13" MBA until there are meaningful changes, such as:
    - IPS or IGZO screen
    - thinner bezels
    - 50% more battery life (still get 10+ hours)
    - DDR4 memory

    Faster CPU and SSD doesn't add much for my day-to-day usage pattern. Who cares if an app opens a few seconds faster? I would have upgraded for a better screen, may consider the rMBP later in the year.
  5. kahkityoong macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Massive difference between my 2010 and 2013 MBA. Both are Ultimate builds. I gave my 2010 to my GF as a hand me down as it was virtually unusable for Photoshop.
  6. aaseattle macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2013
    HUGE difference. I struggled with if I should upgrade as I was hoping for a visual refresh (esp bezels), but after over a week I am VERY happy with the upgrade.

    Posted some thoughts here as well:
  7. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I noticed a HUGE difference between my late 2010 11" MBA Ultimate and my new mid 2013 13" MBA Ultimate. It was night and day. I think those that upgrade from the late 2010 MBA's (or earlier) will benefit the most. Just about every internal component has been upgraded since the 2010 models including the I/O (USB 3 and Thunderbolt)...heck, even the FaceTime camera is better...:D
  8. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    2010 has core 2 duo which is MUCH slower than haswell
    2010 doesnt have a backlit keyboard
    2010 battery life is far less
    2010 graphics performance is less
    2010 memory performance is less
    2010 ssd performance is less
    2010 wifi performance is less
    2010 has no thunderbolt as I recall
    2010 has no USB 3.0
  9. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    I made the switch from my 13 2010 to my 13" mid 2012 when it was released. It's a lot faster than I expected.

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