What's in the "updated" MacBoook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sqa4life, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. sqa4life macrumors regular

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    Sorry I missed the Apple live stream.

    What is/are the "updates" in the "updated" Macbook Air 13?
    And price?
     
  2. SmOgER, Mar 9, 2015
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    SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    In short, most of the rumors turned out to be true. Nothing unexpected. Thinner, less powerful, retina, one port.

    To put it in the better perspective, it's a thinner 2011 MBA with less ports but better (yet smaller) display and better battery life. The processing power of these devices is roughly the same.
     
  3. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Good answer!

    Read the question next time!:D
     
  4. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    Same prices as before and the only difference is they use the newest Intel processors. The Intel HD 6000 graphics would probably be considered the "biggest" change to the MBA line (it was HD 5000 previously).
     
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  6. HurtinMinorKey macrumors 6502

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    Battery life on the MBA 13 is better than the 12.
     
  7. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    I was talking about 2011 model, this one has slightly less battery life than the new 12" MB, but has the same processing power.
     
  8. sqa4life thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you.

    I think I'll either go for the updated MBA 13" or the Dell XPS 13
     
  9. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    They said the new 13" model has flash memory that is twice as fast. Does that mean 1.4GB/sec? (my 2013 is 700MB/sec). That would be pretty impressive. Also Thunderbolt 2. Don't think that would do anything for me, I have a couple thunderbolt drives and they are no faster than my USB 3 drives. Guess it would be nice for external SSD though.
     
  10. Meister Suspended

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    The 256gb mba is now $1399. Seems like they really upped the price.
     
  11. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    Where are you seeing this?

    Refreshed 13" MBA with Broadwell-U and 256GB SSD is $1,199.00
     
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  13. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Have you looked at the exchange rate recently? ;)

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/euro-hits-11-5-dollar-120058388.html#01AlVS8

     
  14. bradl macrumors 68040

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    What's interesting from what I just saw, you can get the latest MBA BTO with the same memory and HD space for the same price as the higher-end MacBook.

    Differences there are that the MBA has the ports it always has, plus the 720p HD FaceTime camera. You just miss out on Retina, USB-C, Force click, being fanless, battery life (?), and the keyboard.

    For some, it's an even push. However, it's easy to see that this product is to be slotted under the MBA, just like the original MacBook was under the MBA and MBP.

    BL.
     
  15. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

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    It seems non-US pricing went up, Australian prices are more expensive across the board including upgrades.

    Considering it's the same ram as the last model, it's a bit ridiculous.

    I'm glad I got my 2014 Macbook Air, which worked out around AUD$150-200 cheaper than a 2015.

    If you don't need HD6000 graphics, the value equation is arguably worse off with the price hike.
     
  16. Meister Suspended

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    We have the 2013 1.3/4/256 model at home and it is a beast!
    Glad I bought it before that price raise :)
     
  17. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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  18. Mais78 macrumors 6502

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    In terms of computing power, how does it compare vs Mac Mini i5 2.6ghz? Main use would be Lightroom.
     
  19. Meister Suspended

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    Lightroom doesn't care about specs.
     
  20. Mais78 macrumors 6502

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    Meaning it would run as fine on my parents Pentium II 1GB RAM pc?
     
  21. Meister Suspended

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    :p No.
    But it runs equally fine on all macs brought out from 2012 till now.
     
  22. Mais78 macrumors 6502

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    As far as i know LR likes CPUs with high clock speed as it relies on that rather than GPU. Of course also a bit of Ram helps.
     
  23. SmOgER, Mar 9, 2015
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    SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    If you are talking about 2014 Mac Mini, then the rMB in CPU intensive apps will be much slower. it's roughly 180 (or less if it's excessively throttling) against 288CB - Cinebench R15. To get things into perspective, the 2014 MBA (i5) sits at 234CB, almost exactly halfway.
     
  24. Meister Suspended

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    You are right that CPU clock speed really matters for importing and exporting. So does ssd. There is absolutely no performance gain in having more than 4gb RAM.
     
  25. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    The whole purpose of 8GB for the base model is nothing more than a great selling point. There is no use of this amount of RAM in Core-M device with ultra fast SSD, it was not built for sony vegas pro.
     

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