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One of the few Macs we haven’t reviewed in a while, it’s time to check out Apple’s baby of the bunch before what we expect will be a 2016 overhaul.
Apple’s MacBook Air will probably be one of the next computers to get an update, so before the company pulls a new idea out of air — literally — we’re checking out one students can get familiar with: the 11 inch Air.
The next MacBook Air is likely just around the corner, but if you’re in the market for a new machine, particularly with a back-to-school season now in full swing, or even a “new work, new you” approach, there’s a good chance that 2015 MacBook Air is in your sights.
So what are you getting in the MacBook Air?
The current model is not quite a year old, but still due for an update, and that’s because this edition relies on an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor from Intel’s fifth generation of processors, referred to by many as “Broadwell”.
We’re up to sixth-gen in the current Intel spectrum, but that only happened at the end of last year, meaning Apple’s current MacBook Air and Pro range are out of date, but not by as much as you think.
So it’s not that bad, and this “not that bad” situation is paired with 4GB RAM, either 128 or 256GB storage, and a relatively premium set of other specs, including 802.11ac WiFi (compatible with 802.11b/g/n), two USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 2 port, and support for Bluetooth 4.0.
Stereo speakers can be found on the unit, as can a microphone and FaceTime HD camera sitting above the frame.
And all of this sits under an 11.6 inch display, coming with a native HD only resolution of 1366×768 that utilises one of the older panels from Apple, a screen type that has been around for few years now.
If there’s one area Apple is pretty much known for, it’s in design, and here in the 11 inch Air, you’re getting crystal clear design.
Yes, this is the MacBook Air we’ve seen over the past few years, and while very little has changed, very little also needs to be touched, because this is probably one of Apple’s better concepts.
As such, you’ll still find the sleek and slightly angular metal body provided to you, and just like we’ve seen in the 13 inch variant, it is just as lovely and sexy here, too.