Previous Gen vs Current Gen - MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pilesofstones, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. pilesofstones, Aug 13, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2013
  2. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    Honestly, it depends a lot on what you want to do. For web, occasional photo, videos, etc you will probably not notice the upgrade. For gaming, the new one is much better. Other than that, new features are USB 3.0, a marginal CPU increase, faster SSD, and more memory.

    Personally, I wouldn't go for it in your shoes. Perhaps you can wait a bit to upgrade.

    It's worth noting, best buy at the very least uses a .edu email address to send the coupon, so if you still have email access you could probably use it in a few years.

    A rMBP would definitely be an upgrade, but it is rather pricey. That is another issue entirely.
  3. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Unless you run VMs and you could really benefit from 8GB of RAM, I wouldn't do it. You may want to consider waiting another year to see how MBAs perform once Haswell is out. The graphics capabilities of MBA are likely to see a substantial boost over HD4000 (which is already quite a bit nicer than HD3000 in your MBA), so if you want to play some games on your machine, 2013 MBA may be the way to go (given, of course, that you prefer the mobility of that machine over rMBP).
  4. pilesofstones, Aug 13, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2013

    pilesofstones thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2006
  5. jcg878 macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2011
    If you are referring to the educational discount, you are eligible as a teacher. I use my faculty discount for every Mac I buy.
  6. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    The low end latest MBA is faster than the ultimate last gen MBA.

    That's one thing to consider.
  7. EmaDaCuz macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2012
    If you have the tingle, then buy a new computer. But IMHO, a 2011 MBA is more than enough.
    I'm in the higher education too, do some teaching but still (unfortunately) do quite a lot of research. Have to deal with heavy image processing/analysis and statistics, yet my 2011 MBA haven't let me down once. Even after I upgraded to ML.
  8. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    Yes this is true, and the 8 GB of Ram ($100 upgrade) makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE!
  9. EmaDaCuz macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2012
    Makes a huge difference in what? Preparing a powerpoint for the students? Or sending email to the colleagues? Or downloading the latest movie from torrent? C'mon, there are for sure certain tasks that will benefit from more RAM and better CPU, but those are certainly the tasks that a "sane" person would likely do on a MBA (except virtualization, maybe).
    I speak for myself, but as I said before I do quite a lot of image analysis and statistics. Well, let my tell you that I do these tasks on my MBA but also on a 12-year old PC with a P4 and 512 MB of RAM. Difference in computation time: 10% maximum. RAM usage: I don't care, as long as any computer can successfully complete a task.
    What would be the great improvents of a new generation MBA in normal life? :confused:
  10. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    For the tasks that you mentioned above, a 2008 MacBook would be more than adequate. If you want a more snappy feel (instant on and instant opening of programs) a 2012 MacBook Air with 8 GB of ram will definitely not disappoint. :) It would also be more "future proof".

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