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Apple MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 11" (Late '10) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2010 - BTO/CTO - MacBookAir3,1 - A1370 - 2393

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Apple 11-Inch MacBook AirThe Apple MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 11" (Late 2010) technically is a "configure-to-order" configuration of the MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.4 11" (Late 2010), but also is documented as a separate model for reader convenience. Other than processor, this model is identical to the MC506LL/A configuration of the MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.4 11" (Late 2010) and both were offered with 128 GB of flash storage as shipped.

The Apple MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 11" (Late 2010) is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (SU9600) with two independent processor "cores" on a single chip with a 3 MB on-chip shared level 2 cache running on a 800 MHz frontside bus.

It features 2 GB of onboard 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (which could be upgraded to 4 GB only at the time of purchase), 128 GB of flash storage, a NVIDIA GeForce 320M "graphics processor with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory", an integrated "FaceTime" video camera, a non-backlit full-size keyboard (the function keys are smaller, however) and an 11.6" widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix "glossy" display (1366x768 native resolution) in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 2.3 pound, aluminum case.

Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, dual USB 2.0 ports, analog audio out, and video out capabilities (Mini DisplayPort) that support an external 30" display. It lacks internal Ethernet (an external adapter was available as a US$29 upgrade) and lacks Firewire and optical audio in/out as well.

The MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 11" (Late 2010) uses a completely new housing compared to earlier MacBook Air models -- with an 11.6" display and an "inertial" multitouch trackpad -- but also is notable for internal differences as well. Internally, it has onboard RAM and lacks an optical drive, just like its predecessors, but also has flash storage that is not intended to be upgraded after purchase and multiple internal battery cells that likewise are not designed to be replaced. Apple touts that the flash storage makes it possible for this MacBook Air model to offer "instant on" responsiveness and up to 30 days of standby time as well as a thinner housing and improved battery life.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the "Late 2010" MacBook Air models? Which is the best choice for my needs?
  • What are the differences between the "Late 2010" MacBook Air models and the "Mid-2009" MacBook Air that they replaced?

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October 20, 2010 July 20, 2011
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 2010.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
2270 2511
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 MacBookAir3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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884 1436
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 MacBookAir3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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974 1592
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 MacBookAir3,1 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.
1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (SU9600)
Details: The Intel "Core 2 Duo" (SU9600) processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.

Also see: How fast are the "Late 2010" MacBook Air models compared to one another and to earlier MacBook Air models? How fast are these models compared to the "Mid-2010" MacBook and MacBook Pro models?
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
800 MHz 1.6 GHz (Built-in)
Details: 800 MHz frontside bus, 3 MB on-chip level 2 cache runs at processor speed.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k 3 MB (on chip)
Details: Includes a 3 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
DDR3 SDRAM* 1066 MHz
Details: Shipped standard with 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM onboard.
2 GB 4 GB*
Details: *2 GB of RAM is onboard in the standard configuration. It could be upgraded at the time of purchase to 4 GB as a US$100 option, it cannot be upgraded later.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
2 GB* None
Details: *There are no RAM slots. At the time of purchase it could be upgraded to 4 GB of onboard RAM as a US$100 option.
GeForce 320M Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: Apple reports that "memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs" and that the minimum graphics usage is 256 MB with this model.
11.6" Widescreen 1366x768
Details: 11.6" color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix "glossy" display with a 1366 by 768 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports "1344 by 756, 1280 by 720, 1024 by 576 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio; 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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Dual/Mirroring 2560x1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.
128 GB SSD Mini SATA (6 Gb/s)
Details: The 128 GB of flash storage is not intended to be upgraded after purchase.

Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the storage in the "Late 2010" MacBook Air models? Is it even possible?

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None* None
Details: *MacBook Air models do not have an internal optical drive. Site sponsor PowerMax 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?
None None*
Details: *No MacBook Air models have an internal Ethernet port. However, an external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter was offered as a US$29 option.

Also see:What official and third-party adapters are available to connect the MacBook Air to wired Ethernet networks?
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.

Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
2 (2.0) None
Details: Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, no Firewire ports.

Also see: What is a good USB hub to use with the MacBook Air while traveling?
None None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size 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)." It is not backlit.

The solid-state trackpad features "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?
Notebook MacBook Air 11" Late 2010
Details: This MacBook Air uses a razor thin aluminum case design with a "catchless" magnetic latch.
BTO/CTO Late 2010
Details: As this model technically is a custom configuration of the MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.4 11" (Late 2010), it does not have its own order number.
A1370 (EMC 2393) MacBookAir3,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1370 Model Number, the 2393 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir3,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
35 W h Li-Poly 5 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has a "built-in 35-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery" and the company claims that it can provide up to 5 hours of "wireless productivity." Apple additionally notes that it provides "up to" 30 days of standby time.

Also see: What is the battery life of the "Late 2010" MacBook Air models in "real-world" usage tests?
X 10.6.4 (10F3061) Current*
Details: *This system can run the current version of OS X 10.10 "Yosemite", although advanced feature support is minimal (Mac-to-Mac AirDrop is supported). Although Apple originally announced that the Power Nap feature -- first introduced with OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" -- also worked with this model, as first discovered by site sponsor OWC, Apple quietly dropped support for the feature on this Mac because it works inconsistently. OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite also do not support AirPlay Mirroring on this model (which additionally requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or later). When booting Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard," it is not supported booting into 64-bit mode, either. However, it does support "OpenCL" and Grand Central Dispatch.

Please additionally note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X, like Mountain Lion and Mavericks, are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the "Rosetta" environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard."

Also see: Which Macs are compatible with OS X Yosemite (10.10)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?
7 (32-Bit)* 7 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 on this model. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
None Boot/Virtualization
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.11-.68 x 11.8 x 7.56 2.3 lbs (1.06 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - minimum height to maximum height by width by depth, (0.3 cm-1.7 cm, 29.95 cm, 19.2 cm).
US$1299 US$600-US$700
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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1 (Mini DisplayPort) None
Details: Supports external display in dual display and mirroring modes. No adapters to other standards are provided by default.

Also see: What is a Mini DisplayPort? How is it different from Micro-DVI and Mini-DVI?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
2 (2.0) None
Details: Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, no Firewire ports.

Also see: What is a good USB hub to use with the MacBook Air while traveling?
None None
Details: No internal modem or Ethernet. An external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter offered as a US$29 option.
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Internal) None
Details: Internal omnidirectional microphone.
None* 1*
Details: *Single analog audio output/headphone jack.
None None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 45W "MagSafe" power adapter.



Global original prices for the MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 11" (Late '10) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North America

C$1349 US$1299

Original Prices - Europe

€1239 €1239
DKK 9,729 €1239
€1239 €1239
€1239 €1239
€1239 NOK 10.840
€1239 €1239
SEK 12.575 CHF 1'579
N/A

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 10,162 HK$9,868
¥118,160 S$1,798
NT$41,365

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$1599 NZ$2199


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