Vent about MacBook Air

Hustle

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Jul 29, 2007
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I bought a MacBook Air 13'' ultimate (i7, 256GB, 4GB). At Christmas, spilt water over it. House insurance covered it and it was sent to Apple to fix. They couldn't fix it, so sent me a new one.

Have just received the new laptop, and it's an i5 rather than an i7.

How much slower is the i5? I'm not sure I want to mess around with sending the laptop back and getting a new one sent out again!

Silly Apple!
 

Neodym

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Jul 5, 2002
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Silly you to spill water over it in the first place!

According to Anandtech the i7 is about 8% faster in average than the i5 - nothing you would notice in everyday use unless you render / encode 24/7 while sitting with a stopwatch in front of it...
 

Hustle

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Jul 29, 2007
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Silly you to spill water over it in the first place!

According to Anandtech the i7 is about 8% faster in average than the i5 - nothing you would notice in everyday use unless you render / encode 24/7 while sitting with a stopwatch in front of it...
True.
Thanks for the speed stats! :)
 

SDub90

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Nov 9, 2009
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I would contact apple about it. Whenever I had to have my mini replaced they sent my replacement before I had to send mine back. Maybe they'll do it for you?
 

anirudh

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Feb 28, 2008
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I concur with everyone here. Even if its not a significant difference in performance, you still paid extra for the i7! Not only that, you also stand to lose more money when its time to sell it and get the 2012 one.. You know you're gonna do that :D
 

Hustle

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Jul 29, 2007
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Thanks for the replies. It's probably more to do with the insurance company and not Apple. I'd imagine the insurance company have ordered the wrong laptop.

Will ring them and ask for either the £100 difference in price, or for them to send me the correct laptop. :)
 

Xikum

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Oct 19, 2011
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You paid for the i7, return it and get an i7.

If you don't exchange it, you effectively just gave Apple free money and got noting in return.
 

LordVic

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Sep 7, 2011
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I bought a MacBook Air 13'' ultimate (i7, 256GB, 4GB). At Christmas, spilt water over it. House insurance covered it and it was sent to Apple to fix. They couldn't fix it, so sent me a new one.

Have just received the new laptop, and it's an i5 rather than an i7.

How much slower is the i5? I'm not sure I want to mess around with sending the laptop back and getting a new one sent out again!

Silly Apple!
They sent you the wrong one.

if you send an i7 back for repair, and say warranty covers it. They SHOULD send you an i7 back to you.

I would be phoning up apple right now and saying they goofed
 

gentlefury

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Jul 21, 2011
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I'm still waiting for an answer to where the term "ultimate" macbook came from!!! There is no such thing! For some reason people insist on calling a spec'd MBA ultimate, but nowhere on the Apple site do they list an ultimate edition. The only place I've seen the word is in describing it as the ultimate portable computer. Where did this name originate? It is SO annoying!
 

anirudh

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Feb 28, 2008
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I'm still waiting for an answer to where the term "ultimate" macbook came from!!! There is no such thing! For some reason people insist on calling a spec'd MBA ultimate, but nowhere on the Apple site do they list an ultimate edition. The only place I've seen the word is in describing it as the ultimate portable computer. Where did this name originate? It is SO annoying!
I think people use the term 'ultimate' when they get an all maxed out machine, meaning that the spec they have is the 'ultimate' i.e best available for that model. It also reduces the necessity to keep quoting a long list of specs, for e.g I have an ultimate 2010 13" instead of I have a 2010 13" with 2.13ghz C2D, 4gb RAM and 256gb HDD. That would get tiring real soon :p
 

Mlrollin91

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Nov 20, 2008
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I'm still waiting for an answer to where the term "ultimate" macbook came from!!! There is no such thing! For some reason people insist on calling a spec'd MBA ultimate, but nowhere on the Apple site do they list an ultimate edition. The only place I've seen the word is in describing it as the ultimate portable computer. Where did this name originate? It is SO annoying!
The 2010 models were known as "Base" and "Ultimate". Those were the actual names listed on Apple Online Store. When 2011 came out the name went away.
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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I'd recommend contacting apple about this.

Its not whether the i5 is nearly as fast as the i7 but you should have gotten something similar to what you already had
 

FuNGi

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Feb 26, 2010
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I would keep the i5 (as I've heard it's better for battery life/heat) and see if you can get the monetary difference.
I would do this. Call Apple and ask for monetary compensation for the upgrade fee. Consider it a second chance to save some $$ over a small spec difference. At least it's still 256GB :D
 

NATO

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Feb 14, 2005
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Was your house insurance policy 'new for old'? If so, then you should have gotten a new machine to the same (or better) spec, however unless it specifically states 'new for old' then it's likely the insurer has deducted an amount from the original price to account for 'wear and tear' and thus have bought you a machine appropriate to that amount. Worth checking with your insurer before making any further enquiries to Apple.
 
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