MacBook Air features up to 8GB of memory, a fifth-generation Intel Core processor, Thunderbolt 2, great built-in apps, and all-day battery life.1 Its thin, light, and durable enough to take everywhere you go-and powerful enough to do everything once you get there, better.
Intel Core i5 processor
Intel HD Graphics 6000
Up to 12 hours of battery life* (13-inch model)
*Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
Hard Drive Capacity
128 / 256 gigabytes
Hard Drive Type Traditional, mechanical hard disk drives are the most common type of storage because they're relatively inexpensive and offer huge capacities. However, they also generate both noise and heat. Solid state drives, also known as SSDs, are many times faster than hard disk drives and have no moving parts to wear out, but typically offer far less capacity.
Solid State Drive
Processor Speed The clock speed of the processor, measured in hertz (Hz), is defined as the number of operations the central processing unit (CPU) can carry out in a single second. Working in combination with system memory, the power of the processor determines the complexity of software you can run, how many programs you can have open at the same time, and how fast those programs will run.
Processor Model Your computer's processor is like its brain. Working in combination with system memory, the power of the processor determines the complexity of software you can run, how many programs you can have open at the same time, and how fast those programs will run. Most computers feature an Intel or AMD processor.
Intel 5th Generation Core i5
System Memory (RAM) Random-access memory, or RAM, is important because it helps your processor tackle multiple tasks at once. A minimum of 2GB is required for basic computing, but 6GB or more is recommended if you're into graphics and advanced photo or video editing.
Touch Screen Touch-screen devices make navigating more intuitive. Using a touch-screen display, you can do things such as tap to select, hold and drag to move items, swipe to scroll, and pinch to zoom.
Cache Memory Cache memory, also called CPU memory, is random-access memory (RAM) that a computer microprocessor can access more quickly than it can access regular RAM. This memory is typically integrated directly with the CPU chip or placed on a separate chip that has a separate bus interconnect with the CPU.
Media Card Reader Media card reader is a hardware device that lets you read and write data on a memory card such as a multimedia card.
Type of Memory (RAM) Different types of RAM are available; some of the most common are DDR4, DDR3 and DDR2. Each type of RAM delivers a different level of speed, bandwidth, energy efficiency and performance.
System Memory RAM Speed
Certifications & Listings
ENERGY STAR Certified Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark, such as computer products and peripherals, kitchen appliances, buildings and other products, generally use 20% to 30% less energy than required by federal standards.
EPEAT Qualified The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) was designed to provide an environmental assessment tool for purchasers. In order to qualify for EPEAT, a product must meet all 23 required criteria.
EPEAT Level The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) was designed to provide an environmental assessment tool for purchasers. In order to qualify for EPEAT, a product must meet all 23 required criteria. Products are rated Bronze, Silver or Gold based on how many of 28 optional criteria they meet (below 50%, 50%, 75%).
Graphics Type There are two types of graphics: dedicated/discrete graphics card and integrated graphics. A dedicated graphics card has its own random-access memory (RAM), its own cooling system, and dedicated power regulators, with all components designed specifically for processing video images. Integrated graphics is the video hardware that is integrated into the motherboard or the CPU. In a PC with integrated graphics, the graphics processor shares system resources (like memory) with the CPU.
Graphics Processing Unit/GPU
Intel HD Graphics 6000
Video Memory Type
Optical Drive Type An optical disk drive (ODD) uses a laser light to read data from or write data to an optical disc. These discs include CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. This allows you to play music or watch movies using prerecorded discs.
Wireless Networking This device can connect via Wi-Fi to other devices without using cables or cords.
Bluetooth Enabled This device will connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices without the need for cables or cords. Many wireless printers, wireless speakers, wireless keyboards, wireless mice, wireless headphones, desktops, laptops, tablets, and cell phones are Bluetooth enabled.
NFC Enabled Near-field communication (NFC) enables two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone, to establish communication when the devices are no more than 2" apart. This wireless data transfer method detects and enables technology in close proximity to communicate without the need for an Internet connection.
Screen Resolution Higher resolution equals better picture quality. Screens come in a range of resolutions (measured in pixels, horizontal x vertical). The higher the resolution the greater the picture quality.