MacBook Air - Technical Specifications

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Size and weight

0.16-0.76 inch (0.4-1.94 cm)
12.8 inches (32.5 cm)
8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
3.0 pounds (1.36 kg)1

Processor and memory


Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB on-chip shared L2 cache running at full processor speed:

  • Standard 1.6 GHz
  • Optional 1.8 GHz
  • 800MHz frontside bus
  • 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM onboard


  • 80GB 4200-rpm Parallel ATA hard disk drive2
  • Optional 64GB solid-state drive2
  • Optional external USB MacBook Air SuperDrive

Environmental status report

MacBook Air embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It consumes the least amount of power of any Mac and is also designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free glass
  • PVC-free internal cables
  • Largely recyclable, low-volume packaging
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • MacBook Air received a Silver rating from EPEAT


  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT LED backlit display with support for millions of colors

Supported resolutions: 1280 by 800 (native), 1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 by 480, and 640 by 480 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

Graphics and video support

Pure digital video output:

  • DVI output using micro-DVI to DVI adapter (included)
  • VGA output using micro-DVI to VGA adapter (included)
  • Composite output using micro-DVI to video adapter (optional)
  • S-video output using micro-DVI to video adapter (optional)


  • Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
  • Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
  • Built-in iSight camera


  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • Backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of keyboard illumination and screen brightness
  • Solid-state trackpad with multi-touch gesture support for precise cursor control; supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities


  • Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on IEEE 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

Peripheral connections

  • Audio out
  • USB 2.0 port (up to 480 Mbps)
  • Micro-DVI


  • Analog audio output/headphone out (minijack)
  • Built-in mono speaker
  • Built-in omnidirectional microphone

Battery and power3

  • Integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 45W MagSafe power adapter with cable management system
  • MagSafe power adapter port

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113°F (-24° to 45°C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Installed software

  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
  • iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

What’s in the box

  • MacBook Air
  • Micro-DVI to DVI adapter
  • Micro-DVI to VGA adapter
  • Cleaning/polishing cloth
  • MagSafe power adapter
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Printed documentation


MacBook Air SuperDrive (MB397G/A)

Play or burn discs directly with the external USB-based MacBook Air SuperDrive. Thin, light, and easy to take with you, this drive is designed specifically for MacBook Air.

  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Size: 139 x 139 x 17 mm / 5.47 x 5.47 x 0.67 inches (L x W x H)
  • Weight: 320 g (0.71 pounds)
  • Requires MacBook Air with available USB 2.0 port

USB Ethernet Adapter (MB442Z/A)

No Wi-Fi? Connect to wired networks with this simple, one-piece external adapter.

MagSafe Airline Adapter (MB441Z/A)

Plug into your airline seat power port and keep MacBook Air powered up for the entire flight.

Micro-DVI to Video Adapter (MB202G/A)

Get composite and S-video output from the MacBook Air micro-DVI port.

  • Time Capsule (MB276LL/A)
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station (MA073LL/A)
  • AirPort Express Base Station featuring AirTunes (M9470LL/A)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard (M9270LL/A)
  • Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse (MB111LL/A)
  • Apple USB Modem (MA034Z/A)
  • .Mac Subscription (MA361Z/A)
  • AppleCare Protection Plan (MA516LL/A)
  1. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB=1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Battery life depends on configuration and use. See for more information.


Published Date: Apr 6, 2016