What happens when you cross an iPad with a MacBook Air? In the classic section “something else” conference 20.10.2010 was shown the result of such breeding. Two new models of Air, and in their face “the future of notebooks”. The future begins with the model in just $ 999, with a screen diagonal of 11.6 inches (29.5 cm) resolution than the previous 13-inch MacBook Air. Hybrid was the smallest fully featured notebook in the world, and one of the most impractical.

The cause of the model number of the laptop of the future with 2 Gigabytes of RAM and 64 Gigabytes of NAND memory was probably irrational desire to have Apple in this line product with a price of less than $ 1,000. Practical visitors from the future were more expensive, but their price was not rejected.

Future with a conical profile, the world met unexpectedly favorably. Of unkind and unfair reviews (they were few, but they were) in the current network I have not found any. In those which I remember was utter nonsense. Even more utter than I have. About the use of Photoshop on the 11-inch MacBook Air, for example.

Air in Photoshop has been disappointingly slow, in fact. Air do not.

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger – after reading about the flour with the MacBook Air in Photoshop curious rushed to try this trick for yourself. Their conclusion: if there is nothing but Air, and very very needed, he will handle it. A weapon of last resort.

And besides used in the new MacBook Air experience obtained while developing iPad and its smaller cousins, it wasn’t from the iPad. Said Steve “MacBook Air meets iPad” was a poetic metaphor.

The era of high poetry in the history of Apple continues…

Two models

The new generation MacBook Air was available in two models, with the IDs MacBookAir3,1 (11-inch) and MacBookAir3,2 (11-inch).

In both used Intel Core 2 Duo, but still not the most powerful (and SU9xxx SL9xxx). At that time, subnotebook Intel Core i5/i7 for less money was not a rarity, but this did not prevent the MacBook Air will be the best selling of them.

Experience of development of mobile devices, accuracy of testing parts, quality materials and production standards. And not only that: NVIDIA GeForce 320M, fantastic displays (with led backlight, with unconventionally high resolution, bright and sharp), a full-size keyboard, glass trackpad with support for multitouch gestures and inertia scrolling, and much more.

A backlit keyboard sacrificed. RAM was vpisalas into the motherboard, now it can be increased up to 4 Gigabytes – but only at the time of order. After that, nothing.

Officially, upgrade new Air was impossible: the battery (especially Apple) and flash memory (produced by Toshiba by Apple, specifically designed for the MacBook Air was unique and innovative. Almost like an iPad.

In fact, the battery and the Board with the NAND chip from Toshiba and controller mSATA (6GB/s) successfully replaced and replaced, if you have the necessary screwdriver it’s not even too difficult.

I do not know now, but in 2017 and battery, and drives (up to Terabytes) can be purchased.

RAM is more difficult and craftsmen overcame this barrier, but this is the exception that proves the rule: cheaper and safer to replace the motherboard. Master that I heard took over. $ 5,000.

The 11-inch model

Size MacBookAir3,1 was the smallest at the time of their announcement, as not even began to speak. The thickness of the body at the front 3 mm, rear – 1.7 cm

Weight of 1.06 (according to other sources it was 1.08) kg.

In the variant for $ 999 – Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4 GHz (SU9400), with the second level cache 3 MB. Flash drive capacity of 64 Gigabytes, 2 Gigabytes of RAM.

In the Configurator online shop you could choose the CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600 1.6 GHz) and storage (128 GB), the result is 1 option for $ 199.

The growth of productivity after replacing SU9400 SU9600 on was almost imperceptible.

The same $ 100 you could increase the size of RAM, up to 4 Gigabytes.

The clock frequency of frontal system bus – 800 MHz.

Battery is guaranteed to withstand up to 1000 recharge cycles, and kept the charge (at moderate load) up to 5 hours. It’s official. Actually less? No.

It turned out that told Steve about fair testing system battery is most likely the absolute truth. Apple has decided to stand honesty on the background of the lying industry that did not add to her love of the competitors in independent tests, the battery held out longer (5.5 to 6.5 hours). Under a moderate load and running Mac OS X.

Windows charge evaporated in 2-3 hours, but it’s hardly the fault of Apple.

Display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Glossy.

2 USB 2.0 (on the left and right side), Mini DisplayPort (for external display resolutions up to 2560×1600.

The 13-inch model

The thickness of the campus MacBookAir3,2 were the same that have a MacBookAir3,1, 0.3 to 1.7 cm, Weighed 13-inch MacBook Air of 1.32 kg.

Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz (SL9400), in the basic configuration or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.3 GHz (SL9600), both with cache second level 6 MB.

The clock frequency of frontal system bus 1066 MHz.

In the base set (1 $ 299) is a non-standard SSD drive is manufactured by Toshiba and the joint development of Toshiba and Apple with a volume of 128 GB.

In option 1 599 dollars more storage capacity (256 Gigabytes).

Battery, according to Apple, under a moderate load enough for 7 hours of work. In fact, in these conditions the battery is kept longer.

Display with a resolution of 1440h900. Also glossy.

Ports and communications are the same as the 11-inch model, plus a slot for SD cards.

Presentation video of the MacBook Air second generation

Beginning with 00:11:52 (video duration 00:15:00):

The end (duration 00:14:07):

To be continued