MacBook Air 2,1

MacBook Air 2,1 (13-inch, Late 2008 and Mid 2009) is the thoroughly revised version of MacBook Air 1,1, released in January 2008. In fact, the design of the MacBook Air 2,1 – an ultra-thin machined aluminum case with a full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor – remained the same. But the new version had an inbuilt iSight video camera with 640 × 480 resolution and two stereo speakers placed under the keyboard for multimedia and AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) port and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for communication. The only USB 2.0 port, analog audio out and Mini DisplayPort video out with external 24-inch display support sum up the connectivity options. MacBook Air 2,1 sports an ultra-thin machined aluminum case with a full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor.

MacBook Air 2,1 (13-Inch, Late 2008 and Mid 2009)

MacBook Air 2,1 13-inch 1.6Ghz (Late-2008) is powered with 1.6 GHz (SL9300) Intel Core 2 Duo with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache. It features 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, It has a storage of 120 GB 4200-rpm 1.8-inch SATA HDD.

MacBook Air 2,1 13-inch (Late-2008) Core 2 Duo 1.86 NVIDIA is also powered with a dual core Air Core 2 Duo (SL9400) and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor with 256 MB of shared DDR3 memory. It features 2 GB of RAM, a 128 GB solid state drive (SSD). The widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display has 1280 x 800 native resolution and a glossy surface. This version lacks Firewire, Ethernet (with an external adapter available for an extra cost), and optical audio in/out.

The Mid-2009 version of MacBook Air 2,1 13-inch 1.86 GHz was powerd with 1.86 GHz (SL9400) processor and had 128 GB of inetrnal storage

The Mid-2009 version of MacBook Air 2,1 13-inch had 2,13 GHz, powered with Intel Core 2 Duo (SL9600) with 6 MB on-chip L2 cache

Release Dates

  • MacBook 2,1 (13-inch, Late-2008): October 14, 2008
  • MacBook 2.1 (13-inch, Mid-2009): June 8, 2009

Specifications

  • Codename: MacBook Air.
  • Processor Speed: 1,6 GHz (Late-2008); 1.86 GHz, 120 GB of storage (Late-2008); 1.86 GHz, 128 GB of storage (Mid-2009); 2.13 GHz (Mid-2009).
  • Boost Speed: N/A.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor type: Air Core 2 Duo (SL9300, SL9400, SL9600) “Penryn” (original).
  • Processor upgrade: soldered.
  • Cores: 2.
  • Graphics core: Yes.
  • On-Board RAM: 2 GB, DDR3 1066 MHz.
  • Max. RAM: non-upgradeable.
  • Display: Retina 13.3-inch, LED-backlit TFT active matrix IPS, 16:10 widescreen, 1280 x 800 pixels max resolution.
  • Webcam: iSight, 640 × 480 resolution.
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256 MB of shared DDR3 memory and Micro-DVI output.
  • Storage: 120 GB or 128 GB SSD.
  • Fusion Drive: No.
  • Input\Output: USB 2.0, analog audio out and Mini DisplayPort video out.
  • Power Connector: MagSafe.
  • Battery: inbuilt lithium-ion polymer, 37-watt-hour (Late 2008 version) or 40-watt-hour (Mid-2009 version).
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: inbuilt AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
  • Preinstalled OS: 10.5.1 (9B2324).
  • OS max. upgrade: X 10.7.5 or X.10.11.x
  • Dimensions: .16-.76 x 12.8 x 8.94 inch.
  • Weight: 3 lb.

Apple Numbers, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Number:

Apple Part Numbers:

  • MB543LL/A – 1.6 GHz
  • MB940LL/A – 1.86 GHz, 128 GB
  • MC233LL/A – 1.86, 120 GB
  • MC234LL/A – 2.13 GHz

Discontinued:

  • June 8, 2009 (Late 2008)
  • October 20, 2010 (Mid 2009).

Price: Starting at $1499.

Features

  • MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86 13-inches has an inbuilt iSight video camera with 640 × 480 resolution and two stereo speakers placed under the keyboard for multimedia and AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) port and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for communication.
  • The only USB 2.0 port, analog audio out and Mini DisplayPort video out with external 24″ display support sum up the connectivity options. MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86 13-inches lacks Firewire, Ethernet (with an external adapter available for an extra cost), and optical audio in/out.

MacBookAir 2,1 Models

MacBook Air (13-inch, 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mid 2009)

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2009)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir2,1
Model NumberA1304 (EMC 2334)
Part NumberMC234LL/A
Family13-inch, Mid 2009
Released2009
Display Size13.3 inches
Dimensions12.8 x 8.94 x 0.76 in
Weight3.0 pounds
Processor2.13Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM2GB
Storage128GB SSD
OpticalNone
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MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mid 2009)

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2009)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir2,1
Model NumberA1304 (EMC 2334)
Part NumberMC233LL/A
Family13-inch, Mid 2009
Released2009
Display Size13.3 inches
Dimensions12.8 x 8.94 x 0.76 in
Weight3.0 pounds
Processor1.86Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM2GB
Storage120GB HDD
OpticalNone
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MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Late 2008)

MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2008)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir2,1
Model NumberA1304 (EMC 2253)
Part NumberMB940LL/A
Family13-inch, Late 2008
Released2008
Display Size13.3 inches
Dimensions12.8 x 8.94 x 0.76 in
Weight3.0 pounds
Processor1.86Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM2GB
Storage128GB SSD
OpticalNone
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MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Late 2008)

MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2008)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir2,1
Model NumberA1304 (EMC 2253)
Part NumberMB543LL/A
Family13-inch, Late 2008
Released2008
Display Size13.3 inches
Dimensions12.8 x 8.94 x 0.76 in
Weight3.0 pounds
Processor1.6Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM2GB
Storage120GB HDD
OpticalNone
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Miscellanea

  • Again Apple didn’t enhance the RAM, but swapped HDD for SSD that boosted the OS performance.
  • For Apple branded SSDs Apple chose non-TRIM controllers. With TRIM controller an operating system informs a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped off. For the third-party SSD you have to turn the TRIM feature on but be aware that thus you lose Apple’s warranty.
  • Improvements implemented by Apple didn’t touch the RAM capacity or hard disk form-factor but enhanced the RAM speed and video chip capabilities by switching the vendor. NVIDIA video processor had much more options for HD video playback. The hard disk capacity was also increased but not dramatically, it’s size determined by MacBook Air target employment. You wouldn’t keep on your video collection on a portable laptop.
  • Apple increased the processor clock speed for entry-level ultrabooks but cut back the SSD. The top ultrabook of 2009 got both higher clock speed and SSD.
  • Apple MacBook Air 2,1 “starred” in Scandinavian thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. The “Millenium” journalists used this ultrabook to prepare the articles.

Links

How to Upgrade the SSD in a MacBook Air 2,1 [Video]

Published on July 11, 2013 by the MacSales.com.

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