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Apple MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 13" (Original) Specs

Identifiers: MacBook Air - Original - MB003LL/A - MacBookAir1,1 - A1237 - 2142*

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Apple MacBook AirThe Apple MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 13" -- affectionately dubbed the "MBA" for short -- was Apple's first serious foray into the subnotebook market since the PowerBook 2400c and the PowerBook Duo line (although PowerBook G4 12" models also were rather small).

The "MBA" is powered by a customized 1.6 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (P7500) in a miniaturized packaging design with two independent processor "cores" on a single chip with a 4 MB on-chip shared level 2 cache running on an 800 MHz frontside bus.

It features 2 GB of onboard 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, an 80 GB PATA (4200 RPM) hard drive, an Intel GMA X3100 integrated "graphics processor with 144 MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory", an integrated iSight video camera, a "MacBook-style" full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor, and a 13.3" widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix "glossy" display (1280x800 native resolution) in a razor thin (0.16-0.76 inch), three pound, aluminum case.

Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a single USB 2.0 port, analog audio out, and video out capabilities (micro-DVI) that support an external 24" display. It lacks Ethernet (an external adapter is available), Firewire, and optical audio in/out.

Like all subnotebooks, it is important to recognize that Apple made some compromises on performance, expansion, connectivity, and affordability in favor of size and weight. Although the system has an impressively large -- for a subnotebook -- 13.3" display, full-size keyboard and a trackpad that supports "multi-touch gesturing" (two-finger scroll, pinch, rotate, swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag), it uses slower processors than the stock MacBook models available at the same time, the memory cannot be upgraded beyond the onboard 2 GB, there is not an internal optical drive, and the battery is not designed to be removable.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the original MacBook Air configuration options?
  • What are the differences between the original MacBook Air and the "regular" MacBook?

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January 15, 2008* October 14, 2008
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.

*This model shipped on January 30, 2008.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2008.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
2044 2352
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 MacBookAir1,1 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.
771 1211
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 MacBookAir1,1 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.
899 1413
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 MacBookAir1,1 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 (P7500)
Details: The Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip. The original MacBook Air uses a customized Core 2 Duo processor with "a lower voltage specification in a new miniaturized packaging design" (P7500).

Also see: What processor does the MacBook Air use? and How fast is the original MacBook Air compared to the MacBook and MacBook Pro?
N/A 1.8 GHz
Details: A 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (P7700) processor originally was available via custom configuration for an extra US$300, and on July 8, 2008, Apple dropped the upgrade price to US$200.

As requested by readers, EveryMac.com also has documented this custom configuration as its own model.
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
800 MHz 1.6 GHz (Built-in)
Details: 800 MHz frontside bus, on-chip level 2 cache runs at processor speed.
EFI 32-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k 4 MB (on chip)
Details: Includes a 4 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.
DDR2 SDRAM* 667 MHz
Details: Shipped standard with 2 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM onboard.
2 GB 2 GB
Details: 2 GB of RAM is onboard, and cannot be upgraded.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
2 GB None
Details: There are no RAM slots.
Intel GMA X3100 Integrated
Details: N/A
144 MB 144 MB
Details: Apple reports that "memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 144 MB."
13.3" Widescreen 1280x800
Details: 13.3" color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix "glossy" display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports "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".

Site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis and professional display replacement as well as many other repair services with a 24 hour turnaround for this MacBook Air.
Dual/Mirroring 1920x1200
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 1920x1200.
80 GB (4200 RPM) Parallel ATA (ZIF)
Details: An 80 GB (4200 RPM, 8 MB buffer) 1.8 inch, 5 mm PATA hard disk drive is standard (40-pin ZIF connector). A 64 GB solid-state drive originally was available as an optional build-to-order upgrade for US$999, and on July 8, 2008, Apple dropped the upgrade price to US$599.

Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the MacBook Air? Can you swap the hard drive for an SSD?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Air.
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 (originally US$99 when this MacBook Air was released). 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: *Neither an internal modem nor an internal Ethernet port are provided. An external Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) was available for US$49 and an external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter was available for US$29.

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?
1 (2.0) None
Details: One 480-Mbps USB 2.0 port, 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 (Gesture)
Details: Apple reports that the integrated backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor has "78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement)."

The solid-state trackpad features "multi-touch gesture support for precise cursor control; [and] supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities".

On July 27, 2010, Apple added "inertial scrolling" support to these notebooks, but not three-finger gesturing, with the "Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0" software. This update requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 and is not compatible with earlier versions of Mac OS X.

Also see: What are the differences between the trackpads in different MacBook Air models?
Notebook MacBook Air
Details: The MacBook Air uses an ultrathin aluminum case design with a "catchless" magnetic latch.
MB003LL/A MacBook Air - Original
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1237 (EMC 2142*) MacBookAir1,1
Details: *Please note that these identifiers can refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.

Also see: All Macs with the A1237 Model Number, the 2142* EMC Number, and the MacBookAir1,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
37 W h Li-Poly 5 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has an "integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery" and the company claims that it can provide up to five hours of battery life with wireless activated.

Also see: What is the battery life of the original MacBook Air in real-world usage tests?
X 10.5.1 (9B2324) X 10.7.5*
Details: *This system can run the last version of OS X 10.7 "Lion." However, although it has a 64-bit processor, it has a 32-bit EFI and is not capable of booting into 64-bit mode. It does not support "OpenCL" either. Please also note that OS X Lion is not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as it does not support the "Rosetta" environment.
XP SP2 (32-Bit)* 7 (32-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit version of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
None Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.

For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
.16-.76 x 12.8 x 8.94 3.0 lbs (1.36 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - minimum height to maximum height by width by depth, (0.4-1.94 cm, 32.5 cm, 22.7 cm).
US$1799* US$450-US$550
Details: *This was the price for the stock configuration with a 1.6 GHz processor and an 80 GB hard drive. Via custom configuration, it originally could be equipped with a 1.8 GHz processor and a 64 GB solid-state drive for US$3098, and on July 8, 2008, Apple dropped the upgraded price to US$2598.

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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Click on the underlined category text for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.


1 (micro-DVI) None
Details: Supports external display in dual display and mirroring modes. Micro-DVI to DVI and Micro-DVI to VGA adapters included. Composite output and S-video output also supported with optional adapters.

Also see: What is a "micro-DVI" port? How is it different from DVI and mini-DVI?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 (2.0) None
Details: One 480-Mbps USB 2.0 port, 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 USB modem was offered for US$49 and an external Apple USB 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapater was offered for US$29. AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR are standard.
None None*
Details: *S-video out provided by optional adapter (sold separately).
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 90-degree angled "MagSafe" power adapter.



Global original prices for the MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 13" (Original) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

For global original prices for Intel Macs in one particular country on a single page, please refer to EveryMac.com's Global Original Prices section.


Original Prices - North America

C$1899 US$1799*

Original Prices - Europe

€1699 €1699
N/A €1699
€1699 €1699
€1699 €1699
€1699 NOK 14.290
€1699 €1649
SEK 16.495 CHF 2'499
£1199

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 16,988 HK$14,900
¥229,800 S$2,988
NT$64,890

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$2499 NZ$2999


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