Having already discussed that the MacBook Air will come with several minor changes from today, June 10, 2013, we thought we would take a closer look to see how this MacBook Air refresh compares to the 2012 model in terms of specs.
2013 MacBook Air vs. 2012 model differences — The first thing that we have noticed is the storage, as the 2012 models came with either a 64GB or 128GB for the 11-inch model or 128GB and 256GB for the 13-inch MacBook Air. Compare this to the 2013 models, which are pretty much the same, apart from the 64GB model has now been dropped in place of the 128GB one. However, you also have the option to increase this to 512GB.
The processor in the 2012 MacBook Air when compared to the 2013 version is the biggest change, as it goes from the older Intel Core i5 and i7 generation to the new Haswell ULT architecture, which will give you far more power when you need it most.
Graphics have also been improved, so instead of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 in the outgoing model, you’ll now get the much-improved Intel HD Graphics 5000 instead. Another change is wireless networking, which goes from 802.11n to 802.11ac, which helps to improve speeds. If you have an Airport Extreme base station, then you might want to consider purchasing the new model instead.
2013 MacBook Air vs. 2012 battery life — First we will look at the 2012 11-inch MacBook Air, which offers up to 5 hours wireless web, compared to 7 hours for the 13-inch model. Compare this to the 2013 versions, which are 9 and 12 hours wireless web respectively.
Finally we have the 2012 and 2013 MacBook Air prices. The four 2012 prices are as follows, $999, $1199, $1199 and $1399. The 2013 models are $999, $1199, $1099 and $1299, so as you can see Apple has managed to get a little aggressive on the pricing.
These are the only changes from the 2012 and 2013 model, so if you are considering getting a new MacBook Air, make certain you are getting one of the new models, because not only are some models cheaper, but they come with improved hardware as well.