Nearly five years have passed since the MacBook Air was introduced. Apple built it to be the lightest Apple laptop in existence, it was the first of its kind and it gave us a sneak peek of the future. However, the first product was very expensive and it had many disadvantages: it was slow, it had a small storage and only one USB port. Apple then came up with a second iteration, which was like an improved version of the first. It received good reviews because although it looked the same at the first sight; it was faster, had better video capabilities, more storage and was relatively cheap. They went on to make a third iteration which was even faster, cheaper, had a second USB port and a second alternative; the 11 inch model which was the ‘road warrior dream’. Apple continued to make better iterations for the MacBook. This led to a new iteration of the MacBook Air, the mid-2012 version of the MacBook Air.
MacBook appearance has remained almost the same since the original version was introduced, even after six iterations have already been made it only has a few alterations. Apple kept its reputation of not changing the structure of their hardware but just improving the performance of the same part which is cheaper for both Apple and consumers, so it’s not a surprise that most of the hardware in the new model is still the same as in its predecessor. However, there are some of the few improvements made to the hardware of the MacBook; they decreased glaring, the 2012 version’s speakers are much clearer and have more details compared to the ones on the 2010 version and the battery system has slightly improved according to the tests carried out by MacWorld. They also tried to make some improvements at the edges, the 2 USB ports are now USB3.0 versions, thus, they have greater transfer speeds and capabilities.
The interior of the MacBook Air has seen the most notable development, as expected they have tried to make the 2012 model faster, cheaper and do better than all the earlier products. The MacBook 2012 was equipped with Intel’s third generation processor the ‘Ivy Bridge’, which makes it the first of its kind to use this processor. The 2012 version has also accounted for the failures of the 2011 model in graphic performance by upgrading to Intel HD graphics 4000GPU from last year’s 3000GPU. In fact, Apple say that the graphics improved by a notable 60% in graphic intensive tasks. In conclusion, the 2012 MacBook is just the 2011 version but with better performance.