The second school MacBook Air 2012

About it did not tell “musical event”, and not even announced in the press release. One day with the iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5G) Apple releases something else… It was a MacBook Air for education market. For the second year. And rather unusual for an educational computer, almost revolutionary. From the commercial analogue it was different price and slightly weaker processor and method.

It only sold to institutions having the official status of the educational. This restriction was not the only one: it was sold by the parties, at least five pieces.

The perfect computer class – a dozen of computers, preferably new, and the same, United in a computer network and modern enough to drag myself to training software.

New Air was the perfect computer for a perfect computer class.

This time, however, was something new. The educational market was attractive for manufacturers of computer hardware for a number of reasons. First, tax incentives. It’s always nice to save them a couple million dollars. Little money, but even they can spend interesting. Second, a great way to get rid of stale outdated components, selling them to the market at cost – otherwise they would have to “throw away”.

Elimination of excess balances troublesome: they have to write off, dispose of at their own expense – to sell much easier.

The new MacBook Air was used exactly the same components as in the conventional models. The new head of Apple seriously care about “the public good”?

And why not…

This is the eighth 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);
Third part: MacBook Air (Mid 2009) price fall…;
The fourth part: MacBook Air “bevel profile”;
Fifth part: MacBook Air 2011: want to kill him;
Sixth part: 2012: MacBook Air goes to school;
Seventh part: MacBook Air summer 2012: the confrontation….

Cougar and Ivy Bridge

School Air, exterior just exactly the same as a normal MacBook Air 2012 and the inside was no less beautiful. It comes preinstalled with Mac OS 10.8.2, which in advertising and catalogs called OS X Mountain Lion.

Big cats in whose honor was named the system has two more titles that are better known: “Puma” and “Cougar”. This is a very smart and charming beast, forward in the Homo sapiens rarely and only by mistake.

As OS X Mountain Lion, especially its third release (Mac OS 10.8.2).

And Ivy Bridge third-generation Core i3/i5/i7 processors manufactured on 22 nm technology, also was not stale stuff. The same Intel Core i5 1.7 GHz (i5-3317U) was one of the important commercial MacBook Air, though the 11-inch.

A school MacBook Air 13-inch. Belonged to the higher class, but it was $ 4 cheaper than the 11-inch Air with the same CPU and almost the same configuration.

3 MB cache third level support for all “trump” technologies from Intel and Turbo Boost 2.0 (at a concentration of load on the kernel the clock frequency is dynamically increased up to 2.6 GHz), HyperThreading (two cores, from the point of view, were four “logical” cores), and many others.

It was the CPU almost with the nervous system – the tracking parameters of the environment, it decreases the clock speed of the processor in case of overheating.

Integrated graphics from Intel. The most modern at that moment that rivals some of the discrete GPUs, even able to cope with the “cool” games easier. Intel HD Graphics 4000.

However, Apple’s not her fault, she wasn’t trying to harm students. This schedule was an integral part of the Intel Core i5 1.7 GHz (i5-3317U), and it was right on the chip.

Configuration

The identifier of the model the September school Air – MacBookAir5,2 – was the same as all the rest of the 13-inch MacBook Air (Mid 2012).

And according to the specifications it was almost identical to the initial configuration of the cheapest variant 11-inch model.

4 gigabytes of RAM DDR3L (1600 MHz) SDRAM, soldered into the motherboard, and the RAM in the standard Air can be increased only in the checkout process. In educational Air that was not an option – 4 GB forever.

Integrated graphics have taken on their needs at least 386 Megs of shared memory. But for the normal operation of OS X Mountain Lion, this volume is quite enough.

SSD capacity of 64 Gigabytes. For a computer used in the content of the class more or less acceptable. The possibility of installing a flash memory, a larger volume was not.

According to Apple, the upgrade flash memory MacBook Air was available in the service centers of Apple and anywhere else – but this opinion is proved wrong. In the school Air you can install flash memory with a volume of 960 GB.

It was a standard set for 13-inch MacBook Air 2012, Air school which, in fact, was.

Two USB 3.0 ports, high-speed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, slot for SDXC cards.

In the presence of a USB Ethernet adapter (Apple was worth $ 29, a third-party was not worse and cheaper), you could connect to Ethernet (10/100Base-T).

And a single Thunderbolt port.

This port, with special adapters had to support connection to Gigabit Ethernet and Firewire 800. But this was not written in the spec, and not a single case of successful use of these adapters with any of the MacBook Air 2012 I don’t know.

But MacBook Air 2012 supported serial connection to the Thunderbolt port two external displays with resolution up to 2560×1600 and educational Air too.

This, too, was not reported in the specifications.

To be continued

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