Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, June 2013)

The Good New Intel fourth-gen CPUs help the updated MacBook Air achieve amazing battery life. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at $100 less than the previous model.

The Bad Newer features such as touch screens and higher-resolution displays are still missing. The ultrabook competition is catching up, in terms of design.

The Bottom Line Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 10.0
8.2 Overall

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Review

A familiar MacBook Air, with an all-day battery

Editors' note, June 27, 2017: Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Air a handful of times since debuting the 2013 version reviewed below. The most recent update came in June 2017, when Apple delivered faster, more powerful Intel processors to the $999 13-inch model and the $1,299 12-inch MacBook. At the same time, the company introduced new MacBook Pros -- the $1,299 13-inch, $1,799 13-inch with Touch Bar, and $2,399 15-inch with Touch Bar -- which have those new chips, too, along with upgraded graphics hardware. 

Otherwise, aside from a RAM bump here and a slight price drop there, the 2017 batch is very similar to the one from 2016, with the same enclosures, ports, trackpads and screens (full listing of changes and additions). Note that the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 has been discontinued though the $1,999 15-inch model from that year remains available for those who want all the ports and fewer dongles. 

It may be a case of "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,099
  • Brand Apple
  • Type Core i5
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Capacity 128 GB
  • Diagonal Size 13.3 in
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