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The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011) is a high-end laptop that is essentially an upgrade of Apple's 11" MacBook Air model.

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The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011) is a high-end laptop that is essentially an upgrade of Apple's 11" MacBook Air model; the 13" model features a larger screen, a more powerful processor, a greater amount of installed RAM, and of course more storage space.

The Apple MacBook Air is designed to provide both portability and function; the form factor is similar to a netbook while the installed hardware allows it to be as powerful as a laptop computer. The Apple MacBook Air can be customized by the consumer when ordering (there are two distinct 13" models), the installed hardware can either be more powerful, or individual upgrades can be sacrificed for a lower price tag.

The MacBook Air includes 128GB-256GB flash storage (depending on model purchased), and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor combined with 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM. For graphics and enhanced visuals the MacBook Air also includes an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB DDR3 shared memory. Additional MacBook Air features include an integrated FaceTime HD camera, a built-in SD Card slot, WiFi 802.11n support, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless functionality, and of course complete customization and hardware installation options (better hardware means a higher price tag).

The 13" MacBook Air display features a native resolution of 1440 x 900, and an aspect ratio of 16:10 or 4:3 (depending on operating resolution selected). Also included is the Thunderbolt port, a unique data transfer technology that allows pairing with Thunderbolt enabled devices that is designed to allow simultaneous peripheral use through a single port.

The 2011 MacBook Air model includes several alternate features from the previous Air model such as a thinner form factor, an Intel Core i5 processor as opposed to the Core 2 Duo, an Intel HD 3000 graphics adapter with shared memory as opposed to the Nvidia GeForce 320M, and Bluetooth 4.0 functionality as opposed to Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. It's worth noting that the highest model available for the older MacBook Air laptop can be purchased for nearly the same price as the lowest model of the new MacBook Air.

  • 13.3" Laptop Display
  • LED backlit display with glossy finish
  • Thinner body and form factor (see dimensions below)
  • Integrated FaceTime HD camera
  • Omnidirectional Microphone (Multiple direction pickup)
  • MagSafe and Thunderbolt ports and compatibility
  • Stronger Battery Life
    • Rated by Apple at 7 hours with constant wireless web use
    • Rated by Apple at up to 30 days in standby
  • Integrated stereo speakers
  • DVD or CD sharing support with iMac and alternate Mac computers
  • Fully backlit keyboard
  • Multi-touch and gesture support Trackpad
  • Integrated SD card slot
  • Pre-installed Mac OS X Lion
    • Includes iLife Software (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand)
Technical Specifications
  • Display:
    • Native Resolution: 1440 x 900 (16:10)
    • Supported Resolutions:
      • 1280 x 800 (16:10)
      • 1152 x 720 (16:10)
      • 1024 x 640 (16:10)
      • 1024 x 768 (4:3)
      • 800 x 600 (4:3)
    • External Display Support
      • Simultaneous use with device and external display
      • Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Processor
    • 1.7GHz dual core Intel Core i5
    • 3MB shared L3 Cache
  • Storage
    • 128GB Flash Storage
  • Memory
    • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
  • Graphics
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • 384MB DDR3 SDRAM (shared)
  • Peripheral Connections (Expansion Ports)
    • USB 2.0 (2) up to 480Mbps
    • Integrated SD Card Slot
    • Standard 3.5mm Headphone Jack
    • MagSafe Power Adapter Port
    • Thunderbolt Data Transfer Port
  • WiFi
    • Native: 802.11n
    • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g compatible
  • Includes OSX Lion Software
Apple MacBook Air 13" Models

There are two separate models of the MacBook Air (2011) available which offer various upgrades and alternate hardware choices when purchased through the Apple web store.

  • Model: $1299
    • Storage: 128GB Flash
    • Processor: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 (dual core)
    • Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 384MB Shared DDR3
  • Model: $1599
    • Storage: 256GB Flash
    • Processor: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 (dual core)
    • Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 384MB Shared DDR3

Alternatively Apple allows consumers to choose various upgrades individually instead of upgrading the entire device model, prices will vary and must be viewed via the official Apple store.

  • 1.8GHz Dual Core Intel i7 Processor
  • Up to 256GB Flash Storage
  • Additional Adapters
    • Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
    • Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
    • Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
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