MacBook Air (Mid 2009) price fall…

At WWDC 2009 new MacBook Air models were given a couple of minutes. Non-removable battery with 500 recharge cycles and significantly increased battery life, more powerful processors and the unprecedented decline in prices. That’s what told Phil Schiller, and almost all not quite true…

Let’s start with the fact that this is not a new model, she has the same identifier as the MacBook Air (Late 2008) – MacBookAir2,1. Update the same model, two new option, but it’s casuistry. Language is just a tool for transmitting information. Let’s not quibble.

Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz (SL9400), first oilsuse expensive option with the SSD, has become the heart of the cheapest and affordable option prestigious laptop. In the new expensive option (which now took the same as before for cheap) was slightly more powerful Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz (SL9600).

That is, the statement about more powerful processors – though 50%. Like the style not the most prestigious the Mac, by the way, too, especially smaller sizes – Mac mini.

The processors, despite their efficiency and low heat generation, was a serious and adults. Penryn (that is, 45 nm technology), 6 MB cache second level. Those who had the opportunity to hold this laptop on your lap, can rebel: he is warming himself. Much warming up, smart electronics struggled with this as could, the fans dispersed, uttering a noise, the performance fell…

The trouble is the thickness of its body. MacBook Air already existed a year and a half, but was still the thinnest, at that time, laptop in the world. This is an incredible design, not in the ability to relax in the lap of the user that was its value.

In this case, any conventional processor for laptops simply and quickly be burned.

This is the third part of a series about the MacBook Air. Links to previous parts below:
First part: MacBook Air: half of computer for the price of two…;
Second part: the Computer of air: MacBook Air (NVIDIA).


The battery in the MacBook Air (Late 2008), chipset co-developed by Apple and NVIDIA, according to Apple, held a charge for four and a half hours. And was replaceable.

New, according to the same Apple held a charge much longer. For half an hour. 5 hours of battery life. In case of overload less. Tests that at the time the network was written hundreds of legendary stories, convincingly argued: it is enough for two, three hours…

But the MacBook Air was not designed to work with Photoshop, or with professional programs in other fields of human activity. It was enough to evaluate its performance characteristics. Turns out, he warmed himself, humming fans, almost trembling from the effort, but coped.

With the same success it is possible to find out that the family van from Ford has a few hours in the role of a dump truck – and then falling apart.

Appropriate for the intended use of the test (viewing websites, sending and receiving emails, writing texts and presentations in Keynote) installed the new battery holds a charge for four to five hours.

Battery both MacBook Air 2008 when natural load to put them 4.5 hour not even close.

Does the approval of the Apple that 1000 recharge cycles – that’s five years of the life of the laptop? Whether 500 charge cycles MacBook Air two and a half years of its use?

This was advantageous to change (with a decent discount for the delivered for recycling the computer) to the new one once the battery is overage? You know the answer.

Fortunately, the rumors about the impossibility of replacing the “non-removable” battery from Apple has been slightly exaggerated. A couple of years ago the battery of desired shape and desired characteristics can be purchased for $ 70-80.

Dead battery change yourself. Open the MacBook Air, if you have need a screwdriver, easy.

A screwdriver is all that is required when you replace the battery it was supplied with a new battery.

To see be changed too. It takes two-thirds of the space in the housing, the MacBook Air consists mainly of her.

Independently it is not recommended that any mistake could kill the MacBook Air, but it’s not impossible.


The MacBook Air still had two options. Status and more status. First, just status, with hard disk of 120 Gigabytes and medium technical data cost 1 799 dollars. More status, with SSD 128 GB – 2 $ 499.

And suddenly… the MacBook Air with a clock frequency of 1.83 GHz is getting just a status, its price reduced by $ 300 (to 1499), it now disk 120 GB (5 400 rpm), and the new “more status” option, passing prestige SSD with unprecedented for MacBook Air a clock frequency of 2.13 GHz, compared to the previous leader falls in the price of $ 700, until 1799.

Yeah! said competitors…

But less strange to love the product after that. And hate. They began to buy more, it was noticeable.

Configuration options

With the exception of the CPU clock, like the information store (hard disk or SSD) prices, configuration options MacBookAir2,1 2009 one and the same.

The clock frequency of frontal system bus 1 066 MHz, 2 GB PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SDRAM soldered to the motherboard, the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M uses for their needs 256 Megabytes of shared memory, according to Apple. Actually 256 Megabytes is the minimum. Actually, the 272 MB.

Screen with a diagonal of 13.3 inch (33.8 cm) with a maximum brightness of 340 CD/sq m, contrast-694:1, with a native resolution of 1280×800.

The MacBook Air was only four sockets for communication with the outside world through wires. This magnetic plug (Included) to connect the power supply, and three times in closing (like the headlights from the sports car in the 80s) compartment.

This is the only USB 2.0 port, Mini DisplayPort and headphone Jack.

Thanks to the Mini DisplayPort, Air supported external monitor resolutions up to 2560 x 1600. Up to monitors with a diagonal of 30 inches (76.2 cm).

Ethernet 10/100Base-t Ethernet-USB adapter from Apple… included in the kit.

Optical drive – only external, connected via USB, included in the kit for an additional $ 99.

AirPort Extreme (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, of course, included in the kit.

To be continued

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