MacBook Air (Mid 2009): price drop ...

At WWDC 2009, the new MacBook Air took a couple of minutes. Non-removable battery with 500 recharge cycles and significantly increased battery life, more powerful processors and unprecedented price cuts. This is what Phil Schiller said, and almost everything is not quite true ...

To begin with, this is not a new model, it has the same identifier as the MacBook Air (Late 2008) - MacBookAir2.1. Updating the same model, its two new versions, but this is all casuistry. Language is only a tool for transmitting information. We will not find fault.

The Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz (SL9400) processor, which previously revived the expensive SSD version, became the heart of the cheapest and most affordable version of the prestigious laptop. In the new expensive version (for which now they took as much as earlier for cheap) was a slightly more powerful Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz (SL9600).

That is, the statement about more powerful processors - however, by 50%. It looks like the style of not the most prestigious Mac, by the way, too, of very small size - Mac mini.

The processors, despite their efficiency and low heat generation, were serious and mature. Penryn (i.e., 45 nm technology), 6 megabytes of second-level cache. Those who have kept this laptop in their lap may be indignant: he was warming himself. Heated himself warmly, smart electronics struggled with this as best she could - the fans accelerated, making noise, the performance dropped ...

The whole trouble in the thickness of his body. MacBook Air has been around for a year and a half, but it was still the thinnest notebook at the time in the world. In this, and in an incredible design, and not in the ability to sit comfortably on the user's lap, was its value.

In this package, any processor for conventional laptops would simply and quickly burn out.

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


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

New, according to the same Apple, held the charge much longer. For half an hour. 5 hours battery life. With overload less. The tests, which hundreds of impressive stories were written on the net at that time, convincingly proved: it lasts for two, at most three hours ...

But the MacBook Air was not designed to work with Photoshop, or with professional programs for other areas of human activity. It was enough to evaluate his tactical and technical data. It turns out that he was warming up, buzzing with fans, almost shaking from the stress of all his strength - but coping.

With the same success, you can find out that the family van from Ford lives for several hours, in the role of a mining truck - and then collapses.

Appropriate tests (browsing websites, sending and receiving emails, writing texts and presentations in Keynote) found that the new battery holds a charge for four to five hours.

The batteries of both MacBook Airs of 2008 did not even come close to the 4.5 hours set by their natural load.

Does Apple’s statement that 1000 recharge cycles represent five years of a laptop’s life? Does the 500 recharge cycle of the MacBook Air correspond to two and a half years of use?

Who would benefit from changing (with a decent discount for a computer handed over for recycling) to a new one as soon as the battery runs out? You know the answer.

Fortunately, rumors about the impossibility of replacing Apple's “non-replaceable” battery were slightly exaggerated. A couple of years ago, a battery of the required form and with the necessary characteristics could be purchased for 70-80 dollars.

The dead battery was changed independently. Opening the MacBook Air case, if you have the right screwdriver at hand, is easy.

Screwdriver and all that is required when replacing the battery was included in the delivery of the new battery.

See the subject to be replaced - too. It takes up two-thirds of the space in the case, the MacBook Air basically consists of it.

Doing it yourself is not recommended, any error can kill the MacBook Air, but this is not impossible.


The MacBook Air still had two choices. Status and even more status. The first, just status, with a 120 GB hard drive and average technical data cost $ 1,799. More status, with an SSD of 128 GB - 2,499 dollars.

And suddenly ... a 1.83 GHz MacBook Air becomes just status, its price drops by $ 300 (to 1,499), it now has a 120 GB drive (5,400 rpm), and the new “more status” version , with a rolling prestigious SSD, with an unprecedented 2.13 GHz for the MacBook Air, as compared with the previous leader, it falls in price by $ 700, to 1799.

Yeah! - said competitors ...

But after that, they didn’t love the strange product less. And hate. They began to buy more, it was noticeable.

Configuration options

With the exception of the processor clock frequency, the type of information storage (hard disk or SSD) and price, the configuration of the variants of MacBookAir2.1 of 2009 is the same.

The front-side system clock speed is 1,066 MHz, 2 GB PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SDRAM soldered to the motherboard, the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor uses 256 MB of shared memory for its needs, according to Apple. In fact, 256 megabytes is the minimum. In fact, 272 megabytes.

The screen with a diagonal of 13.3 inches (33.8 cm), with a maximum brightness of 340 cd / sqm, contrast 694: 1, with a native resolution of 1280x800.

On the body of the MacBook Air was only four connectors to communicate with the outside world through the wires. This is a magnetic connector (MagSafe) for connecting the power supply, and three times in a lockable compartment (like sports car lights in the 80s).

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

Thanks to the Mini DisplayPort, Air supported resolution up to 2560x1600 on an external monitor. Up to monitors with a diagonal of 30 inches (76.2 cm).

Ethernet - 10 / 100Base-T. Apple's Ethernet-USB adapter ... included.

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 are naturally included.

To be continued

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