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The 2012 MacBook Air vs. the 2011 model: what's changed?

Zach Honig

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No, we didn't get the Retina Macbook Air many of us may have been hoping for, but the Apple ultra-portable did get a significant Ivy Bridge boost, including a pair of USB 3.0 ports. There's also an option to double the flash storage capacity with a 512GB SSD, along with adding up to 8 gigs of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM and Apple's new MagSafe 2 connector on the 13-inch Air. Base model pricing remains the same for the 11-incher, at $999 for the bare-bones configuration, while the larger Air will be available starting at $1199 -- a $100 drop over its predecessor. All of the new Airs will ship beginning today, but that doesn't mean it's upgrade time for you. Click on past the break for our side-by-side comparison and a closer look at what's new.

MacBook Air (mid 2011)
DNP The new MacBook Air vs MacBook Air mid 2011 what's changed
MacBook Air (2012)
DNP The new MacBook Air vs MacBook Air mid 2011 what's changed
Height 0.11-0.68 inches 0.11-0.68 inches
Weight 2.38, 2.96 pounds 2.38, 2.96 pounds
Display resolution 1366 x 768, 1440 x 900 1366 x 768, 1440 x 900
CPU Sandy Bridge Core i5, Core i7 Ivy Bridge Core i5, Core i7
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 Intel HD Graphics 4000
Memory 2, 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 4, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L
Storage 64, 128, 256GB 64, 128, 256, 512GB
Ports Two USB 2.0, Thunderbolt Two USB 3.0, Thunderbolt
Power MagSafe MagSafe 2
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Battery life 5-7 hours 5-7 hours
Starting price $999 (11-in.), $1299 (13-in.) $999 (11-in.), $1199 (13-in.)

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