Macbook Air 2012 Os X Version

Apple MacBook Air 'Core i5' 1.8 13' (Mid-2012) Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2012 - MD231LL/A* - MacBookAir5,2 - A1466 - 2559

MacOS Mojave or Catalina: MacBook Air from mid-2012 or newer, OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later. MacOS Sierra or High Sierra: MacBook Air from late 2010 (or later), OS X Lion or later (Mountain Lion in the case of High Sierra). OS X El Capitan: MacBook Air from late 2008 (or later), OS X Snow Leopard or later. MacBook Air models are organized by the year they were introduced, starting with the most recent. Click the model name for detailed technical specifications. MacBook Air models from 2013 and newer can run the latest version of macOS. For older models, the latest compatible operating system is noted. MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later) MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later) Mac mini (Late 2012 or later) iMac (Late 2012 or later) iMac Pro (All models) Mac Pro (Late 2013 and 2010-2012 models with upgraded GPU) macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Release date: September 25, 2017. Hardware Requirements: 2GB RAM and 14.3GB free space on disk. .This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion,' OS X 10.9 'Mavericks,' and OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' as well as OS X 10.11 'El Capitan.' It is capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) as well, although it does not support the Auto Unlock feature.

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The Apple MacBook Air 'Core i5' 1.8 13' (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22-nm 'Ivy Bridge' 1.8 GHz Intel 'Core i5' processor (3427U) with two independent processor 'cores' on a single chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (which cannot be upgraded after purchase), 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage, and an 'integrated' Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory.
This all is packed in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 2.96 pound, aluminum case with an integrated 720p 'FaceTime HD' webcam, a backlit full-size keyboard and a 13.3' widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix 'glossy' display (1440x900 native resolution).
Connectivity includes 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, analog audio out, a 'Thunderbolt' port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SDXC-capable SD card slot. It lacks internal Ethernet, although an external Thunderbolt adapter was offered as a US$29 option.
Compared to its predecessor, this model has a very similar external enclosure, although it has the aforementioned USB 3.0 ports and a new thinner and wider 'MagSafe 2' power connector. Internally, however, it has a faster processor, architecture, graphics, RAM, and storage.
Also see:

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Introduction Date:June 11, 2012 Discontinued Date:June 10, 2013
Details:The 'Introduction Date' refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The 'Discontinued Date' refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
Details:Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
Details:Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookAir5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookAir5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookAir5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 4 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 4 benchmarks are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 4 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookAir5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 4 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 5 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 5 benchmarks for the Mac are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 5 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookAir5,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 5 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Processor Speed:1.8 GHz Processor Type:Core i5 (I5-3427U)
Details:This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i5 'Ivy Bridge' (I5-3427U) processor which includes two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 3 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports 'Turbo Boost 2.0' -- which 'automatically increases the speed of the active cores' to improve performance when needed (up to 2.8 GHz for this model) -- and 'Hyper Threading' -- which allows the system to recognize four total 'cores' or 'threads' (two real and two virtual).
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2012' MacBook Air models compared to one another and to earlier MacBook Air models? How fast are these models compared to the 13-Inch 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro?
Turbo Boost:2.8 GHz Custom Speeds:2.0 GHz (Core i7)
Details:A 2.0 GHz Core i7 (I7-3667U) processor is available via custom order for the MD232LL/A configuration (which has 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash storage by default) as a US$100 upgrade.
As requested by readers, EveryMac.com also has documented this custom configuration as its own model.
Also see: How much faster are the custom processor configured 'Mid-2012' MacBook Air models than the stock models? Is the extra performance worth the extra cost?
Details:N/A
System Bus Speed:5 GT/s*Cache Bus Speed:1.8 GHz (Built-in)
Details:*This system has a 'Direct Media Interface' (DMI) that 'connects between the processor and chipset' in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.
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L1 Cache:32k/32k x2L2/L3 Cache:256k x2, 3 MB (on chip)
Details:Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 3 MB of shared level 3 cache.
Details:Shipped standard with 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM onboard.
Details:*4 GB of RAM is onboard. It could be upgraded at the time of purchase to 8 GB as a US$100 option, but it cannot be upgraded later.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:*There are no RAM slots. 4 GB of RAM is onboard. It could be upgraded at the time of purchase to 8 GB as a US$100 option, but it cannot be upgraded later.
Details:This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
Details:*Apple and Intel do not report the minimum memory usage for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. However, with 4 GB of RAM standard, 384 MB of memory is reserved for graphics use. With the 8 GB RAM upgrade, 512 MB of memory is reserved for graphics.
Built-in Display:13.3' WidescreenNative Resolution:1440x900
Details:13.3' color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix 'glossy' display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports '1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio'.
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2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring*2nd Max. Resolution:2560x1600 (x2)
Details:*Although Apple makes no mention of it, third-parties have discovered that this model can simultaneously support two external displays up to 2560x1600 'daisy chained' via Thunderbolt.
Standard Storage:128, 256 GB SSDStd. Storage Speed:184/203 MB/s*
Details:The MD231LL/A configuration has 128 GB of flash storage and the MD232LL/A configuration has 256 GB of flash storage. The higher-end MD232LL/A configuration also could be equipped with 512 GB of storage at the time of purchase. Originally, this storage upgrade was an additional US$500, but Apple lowered the price to US$300 on February 13, 2013. The storage is not intended to be upgraded after purchase, but it is quite possible.
*Third-party tests using the Blackmagic benchmark report write speeds of 184 MB/s and read speeds of 203 MB/s for Toshiba 128 GB SSDs in this notebook.
Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the storage in the 'Mid-2012' MacBook Air models? Is it even possible?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Air.
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Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:ProprietaryStorage Interface:Proprietary* (6 Gb/s)
Details:*As first discovered by site sponsor OWC, the 'Mid-2012' MacBook Air models use a different proprietary connector than previous models. It provides 6 Gb/s of bandwidth (SATA III).
Details:*MacBook Air models do not have an internal optical drive. Site sponsor Adorama offers the external Apple USB SuperDrive for US$79. It writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL at 4X, DVD-R and DVD+R at 8X, DVD-RW at 6X, DVD+RW at 8X, reads DVD at 8X, writes CD-R at 24X, writes CD-RW at 16X, and reads CD at 24X.
Site sponsor Other World Computing also has a variety of compact external optical drive options that may be of interest, including some with Blu-ray capability.
Also see: What are the full capabilities of the external SuperDrive available for the MacBook Air? Can it be used with other Macs?
Details:*No MacBook Air models have an internal Ethernet port. However, for the 'Mid-2012' models, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter was offered for US$29.
Also see: What official and third-party adapters are available to connect the MacBook Air to wired Ethernet networks?
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/nStandard Bluetooth:4.0
Details:802.11n (802.11a/b/g capable as well) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
Details:Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), no Firewire ports.
Also see: What is the best USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 hub to use with the MacBook Air while traveling?
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Details:This model has an SDXC Card slot.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external accessories, including docks, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Air.
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Also see: Which SD Card slot storage solution is best for the MacBook Air? Which models are compatible? Is this kind of storage safe?
Incl. Keyboard:Full-sizeIncl. Input:Trackpad (Inertial)
Details:Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has '78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted 'T' arrangement) with ambient light sensor.'
The multi-touch trackpad supports 'inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities.'
Also see: What are the differences between the trackpads in different MacBook Air models?
Details:This MacBook Air uses a razor thin aluminum case design with a 'catchless' magnetic latch.
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No:A1466 (EMC 2559)Model ID:MacBookAir5,2
Details:Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1466 Model Number, the 2559 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir5,2 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Details:Apple reports that this model has a 'built-in 50-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery' and the company claims that it can provide up to 7 hours of 'wireless web' use. Apple additionally notes that it provides 'up to' 30 days of standby time. It is bundled with a 45W MagSafe 2 power adapter.
Also see: What is the battery life of the 'Mid-2012' MacBook Air models in 'real-world' usage tests?
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In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit is a local distributor of OWC batteries for this MacBook Air.
Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.7.4 (11E2520)Maximum MacOS:X 10.15.x*
Details:*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion,' OS X 10.9 'Mavericks,' and OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' as well as OS X 10.11 'El Capitan.' It is capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) as well, although it does not support the Auto Unlock feature. This model is capable of running macOS High Sierra (10.13), and it supports HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), but it does not support hardware accelerated HEVC.
This model is compatible with the final version of macOS Mojave (10.14) and the final version of macOS Catalina (10.15), as well. It does not support macOS Big Sur (macOS 11) or later versions of the macOS.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with macOS Catalina (10.15)? What are the system requirements? What are the major new features? Has anything been removed from previous versions of the macOS?
Minimum Windows:7 (32-Bit)*Maximum Windows:10 (64-Bit)*
Details:*Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit version of Windows 7 on this model. Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Boot Camp 6 supports the 64-bit version of Windows 10. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
MacOS 9 Support:NoneWindows Support:Boot/Virtualization
Details:Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions:.11-.68 x 12.8 x 8.94Avg. Weight:2.96 lbs (1.35 kg)
Details:In inches while closed - minimum height to maximum height by width by depth, (0.3 cm-1.7 cm, 32.5 cm, 22.7 cm).
Original Price (US):US$1199, US$1499*Est. Current Retail:US$350-US$600
Details:*This MacBook Air originally was offered with 128 GB of flash storage (MD231LL/A) for US$1199 and 256 GB of flash storage (MD232LL/A) for US$1499. On February 13, 2013, Apple dropped the price of the high-end configuration by US$100, to US$1399.
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Video (Monitor): 1 (Thunderbolt) Floppy (Ext.): None
Details:Thunderbolt is backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort-equipped displays as well as adapters that are compatible with Mini DisplayPort (DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI). It also can support other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard, which provides a maximum theoretical 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.
Also see: What is 'Thunderbolt'? Is it an industry standard? What advantages does it offer? Are there any disadvantages?
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Details:Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), no Firewire ports.
Also see: What is the best USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 hub to use with the MacBook Air while traveling?
Details:No internal modem or Ethernet. External Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter offered for US$29.
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Details:Internal omnidirectional microphone.
Details:*Single analog audio output/headphone jack. Supports Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone.
Details:N/A
Details:100V-240V AC, 45W 'MagSafe 2' power adapter.

Global original prices for the MacBook Air 'Core i5' 1.8 13' (Mid-2012) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:MXN $20,999, $25,999 United States:US$1199, US$1499*

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 9,699, 12,099Finland:€1299, €1599
Ireland:€1299, €1599Italy:€1279, €1579
Luxembourg:€1215,57, €1500,70Netherlands:€1249, €1549
Spain:€1249, €1549Sweden:SEK 11.795, 14.795
Switzerland:CHF 1'349, 1'699 United Kingdom:£999, £1249

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Original Prices - Asia

China:RMB 8,888, 10,988 Hong Kong:HK$9,188, HK$11,488
India:Rs 81,900, 99,900 Indonesia:Rp 11,999,000, 14,999,000
Japan:¥102,800, ¥128,800Korea:KRW 1,589,000, 1,990,000
Malaysia:RM 3,699, 4,599The Philippines:PHP 57,990, 72,990
Singapore:S$1,688, S$2,088Taiwan:NT$37,900, NT$47,900
Thailand:THB 39,900, 49,900Vietnam:VND 27,499,000, 34,499,000

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

Australia:A$1349, A$1689 New Zealand:NZ$1899, NZ$2399

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