MacBook Air 6,1

MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch (Mid 2013 and Early-2014) is the subnotebook, engineered, designed and manufactured by Apple, powered by Haswell processors family. It is the ultra-thin machined aluminum case with a full-size backlit keyboard, 11.6 inches widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display and solid-state drive.

MacBook Air 6,1 11-Inch (Mid-2013 and Early-2014)

MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch Core i5 1.3 (Mid-2013) is powered with a dual Core i5 (4250U) and Intel HD Graphics 5000 integrated graphics processor with 384 MB of shared DDR3 memory. It features 4 GB of RAM, a 128 GB/256 GB flash storage. The widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display has 1366 x 768 native resolution and a glossy surface. MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch Core i5 1.3 (Mid 2013) has an inbuilt FaceTime video camera with 720p resolution and two stereo speakers placed under the keyboard for multimedia and AirPort Extreme (802.11a/ac/b/g/n) port and Bluetooth 4.0 for communication. Two USB 3.0 ports, analog audio out and Thunderbolt video\audio out with external display support sum up the connectivity options. The model lacks Firewire, Ethernet (with an external adapter available for an extra cost), and optical audio in/out.

MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch Core i7 1.7 (Mid-2013) is the build-to-order iteration of the MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch Core i5 1.3 (Mid 2013) that never made it to the standard configuration. This device has the ultra-thin machined aluminum case with a full-size backlit keyboard, 11.6-inch widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display and solid-state drive. It is powered with a dual Core i5 (4650U) and Intel HD Graphics 5000 integrated graphics processor with 384 MB of shared DDR3 memory. It features 4 GB of RAM, a 128 GB/256 GB flash storage. The widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display has 1366 x 768 native resolution and a glossy surface.

MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch Core i5 1.4 (Early-2014) is another iteration of this model, it’s powered by Haswell processors family, and it’s the ultra-thin machined aluminum case with a full-size backlit keyboard, 11.6-inch widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display and solid-state drive. This model is powered with a dual Core i5 (4260U) and Intel HD Graphics 5000 integrated graphics processor with 1.5 GB of shared DDR3 memory. It features 4 GB of RAM, a 128 GB \ 256 GB SSD storage. The memory could be upgraded at time of a purchase up to 8 GB, but 4 GB was a standard configuration. The amount of SSD storage installed also determined the price. The widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display has 1366 x 768 native resolution and a glossy surface.

MacBook Air Core 6,1 11-inch i7 1.7 (Early-2014) is another build-to-order but later standard iteration. MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch Core i7 1.7 (Early 2014) is the ultra-thin machined aluminum case with a full-size backlit keyboard, 11.6-inch widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix display and solid-state drive.

Release Date

  • June 10, 2013 – Mid 2013 versions
  • April 29, 2014 – Early 2014 versions

Specifications

  • Codename: MacBook Air.
  • Processor Speed: 1.3 GHz. Optional 1.7 GHz. Early-2014 versions: 1.4 GHz.
  • Boost Speed: 2.6 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor type: Core i5 (4250U) “Haswell”. Optional Core i7 (4650U) “Haswell”. Early-2014 versions:  Core i5 (4260U) “Haswell” and Core i7 (4650U) “Haswell”.
    Processor upgrade: soldered.
  • Cores: 2.
  • Graphics core: Yes.
  • On-Board RAM: 4 GB, DDR3 1600 MHz.
  • Max. RAM: non-upgradeable.
  • Display: 11.6 inch LED-backlit TFT active matrix IPS, 16:10 widescreen, 1366 x 768 pixels max resolution.
  • Webcam: FaceTime 720p resolution.
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 graphics with 1.5 GB of shared DDR3 memory.
  • Storage: 128 GB \ 256 GB SSD. Upgradable to 512 GB.
  • Storage upgrade: 512 GB from 256 GB at the time of purchase.
  • Fusion Drive: No.
  • Input\Output: 2 x USB 3.0, analog audio out and Thunderbolt.
  • Power Connector: MagSafe 2.
  • Battery: inbuilt lithium-ion polymer, 38-watt-hour.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: inbuilt AirPort Extreme (802.11a/ac/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Preinstalled OS: 10.8.4 (12E3067). Early-2014 versions – 10.9.2 (13C1021).
  • OS max. upgrade: current.
  • Dimensions: .11-.68 x 11.8 x 7.56.
  • Weight: 2.38 lb.

Apple Numbers, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model Number: A1465 (EMC 2631).

Apple Part Numbers:

  • MD711LL/A (configuration 128 GB of flash storage, Mid-2013 version)
  • MD712LL/A (configuration 256 GB of flash storage, Mid-2013 version)
  • MF067LL/A (Early-2014 version)

Discontinued:

  • April 29, 2014 – Mid-2013 versions
  • March 9, 2015 – Early-2014 versions

Price:

  • $999 – 128GB
  • $1149 – 256GB
  • $1199 – CTO/BTO 128GB Mid-2013 built-to-order iteration
  • $1349 – CTO/BTO 256GB Mid-2013 built-to-order iteration
  • $899 – 128GB Mid-2014 iteration
  • $1099 – 256GB Mid-2014 iteration
  • $1049 – 128GB SSD, Mid-2014 i7
  • $1249 – 256GB SSD, Mid-2014 i7
  • The higher-end MD712LL/A configuration could be equipped with 512 GB of storage at the time of purchase for an additional US$300.

Features

  • The entry-level storage capacity had also been enhanced up to 128 GB vs. 64 GB of the previous year model. MacBook Air (mid-2013) got faster Wi-Fi and dual microphones to support X OS speech features.
  • MacBook Air Core i5 1.4 11-inch (early 2014) has no improvements at all save for the faster Haswell CPU with ultra-low TDP. The thermal design power (TDP) or thermal design point, is the maximum amount of heat a CPU or GPU generates. The maximum in its turn is determined by the cooling system power. In a nutshell, this feature means, that the processor is harder to overheat under normal performance and easier to cool by system fans.

MacBookAir 6,1 Models

MacBook Air (11-inch, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7, Early-2014)

MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir6,1
Model NumberA1465 (EMC 2631)
Part NumberMF067LL/A
Family11-inch, Early 2014
Released2014
Display Size11.6 inches
Dimensions11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68 in
Weight2.38 pounds
Processor1.7Ghz Intel Core i7
RAM4GB
Storage128/256GB SSD
OpticalNone
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MacBook Air (11-inch, 1.4GHz Intel Core i5, Early-2014)

MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir6,1
Model NumberA1465 (EMC 2631)
Part NumberMD711LL/B
Family11-inch, Early 2014
Released2014
Display Size11.6 inches
Dimensions11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68 in
Weight2.38 pounds
Processor1.4Ghz Intel Core i5
RAM4GB
Storage128/256GB SSD
OpticalNone
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MacBook Air (11-inch, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7, Mid-2013)

MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir6,1
Model NumberA1465 (EMC 2631)
Part NumberBTO/CTO
Family11-inch, Mid 2013
Released2013
Display Size11.6 inches
Dimensions11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68 in
Weight2.38 pounds
Processor1.7Ghz Intel Core i7
RAM4GB
Storage128/256GB SSD
OpticalNone
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MacBook Air (11-inch, 1.3GHz Intel Core i5, Mid-2013)

MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir6,1
Model NumberA1465 (EMC 2631)
Part NumberMD711LL/A
Family11-inch, Mid 2013
Released2013
Display Size11.6 inches
Dimensions11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68 in
Weight2.38 pounds
Processor1.3Ghz Intel Core i5
RAM4GB
Storage128/256GB SSD
OpticalNone
See alsoSell your MacBook Air (11-inch, 1.3Ghz Intel Core i5, Mid 2013) online now

Miscellanea

  • Along with CPU upgrade Apple had changed the SSD interface and vendor. SSDs installed in MacBooks (Mid 2013) are manufactured by Samsung and sport PCIe interface, which is faster than Toshiba SATA module.
  • The MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch (Mid-2013) customized iteration with Intel Core i7 aboard has two storage options: 128 or 256 GB solid-state drive. It’s still a riddle, why Apple never offered it as a standard configuration as it happened to the CTO models of the previous years.
  • Intel Core i5 (4260U) processor belongs to Haswell family and supports hyperthreading. Thus, the end-user got two physical cores and two virtual ones.
  • MacBook Air 6,1 11-inch (Early-2014) is faster than its predecessor due to new OS rather than any hardware updates. Apple made up for lack of those with dropping the price. This MacBook Air cost was $100 less. The last but not the least advantage of the MacBook Air Core 11-inch (Early -2014) is the battery life that is 90 minutes longer. Provided this Air is not so great about performance, you may need that extra hour and a half.
  • The SSD drives also had come from 2013. No wonder MacBook Air Core 11-inch (Early-2014) showed no significant increase in performance and failed some benchmarks. The fact that Apple acquires SSD drives from a range of manufacturers – Toshiba, Samsung and SunDisk included – can also be germane to the performance.

Links

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch & 13-inch (2013): Unboxing and Comparison [Video]

Published by DetroitBORG on June 12, 2013

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