Replacing MacBook Air 2013 to 2017

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bearinthetown, May 28, 2018.

  1. bearinthetown macrumors member

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    I own a 13″ MacBook Air mid 2013 with an i7 and 8GB RAM upgrade. Is it worth it to buy a model from 2017? I'm a web developer and MacBook Air, while not a performance beast, is enough for most of my work. I dislike MacBook Pro, I don't like the design and the problems with it.

    As far as I have seen, CPU is virtually the same after these 4 years. If I trust the benchmarks, there is almost no difference.

    SSD seems to be much faster in new models. My SSD is about 700 MB/s at read and 600 MB/s at write.

    I'm not aware of any other improvements. I will either replace just the battery, buy a new Air or maybe try to like the Pro. I will of course wait until WWDC to see if there are 2018 models on the way.
     
  2. throAU macrumors 603

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    I'd hold off. The difference in regular use will be minimal.

    Wait until your current MBA breaks (keep backups) and then evaluate your options at that time. A battery replacement would be a good idea.

    Intel has been dragging their feet for a long time with CPU upgrades relevant to the Macbook Air form factor. You're exactly right in assuming the difference between the 2013 spec CPU and the 2017/2018 spec currently available is minimal.

    Yes, the SSD is faster, but you're unlike to notice a big difference in day to day use - as your SSD in the 2013 is already "fast" (much faster than a hard drive, faster than most SATA SSDs).

    I'm in a similar boat with my 2015 pro. Looking to get a battery replacement and keep using it until apple put out something worthwhile.
     
  3. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    I would just replace the battery and continue using it.
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 604

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    The 2013 has the Haswell architecture, while the 2017 has Broadwell. That's a different of two years, and only a single generation. Meaning Apple is essentially still selling 2015 hardware, but labeled as 2017. And the 2017 models still have the same non-Retina LCD display straight out of 2010, so you won't see any improvement there either.

    I would hold off on the upgrade.
     
  5. throAU macrumors 603

    throAU

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    There's not that much difference between Broadwell and Skylake on the mobile side really either. The big jump is Coffee-lake (more cores in same TDP), but i doubt the macbook air will be refreshed to get that.
     

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