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Apple MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.7 11" (Mid-2012) Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2012 - MD223LL/A* - MacBookAir5,1 - A1465 - 2558

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Apple 11-Inch MacBook AirThe Apple MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.7 11" (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22-nm "Ivy Bridge" 1.7 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (3317U) 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), 64 GB or 128 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), 2.3 pound, aluminum case with an integrated 720p "FaceTime HD" webcam, a backlit full-size keyboard and an 11.6" widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix "glossy" display (1366x768 native resolution).

Connectivity includes 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, analog audio out, a "Thunderbolt" port, and two USB 3.0 ports. 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 includes 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:

  • What are all the differences between the "Mid-2012" MacBook Air models?
  • What are all the differences between the "Mid-2012" MacBook Air models and the "Mid-2011" MacBook Air that they replaced?

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June 11, 2012 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.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
5641 6333
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 MacBookAir5,1 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.
2161 4277
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 MacBookAir5,1 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.
2395 4812
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 MacBookAir5,1 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.
1.7 GHz Core i5 (I5-3317U)
Details: This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i5 "Ivy Bridge" (I5-3317U) 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 2.6 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?
2.6 GHz 2.0 GHz (Core i7)
Details: A 2.0 GHz Core i7 (I7-3667U) processor is available via custom order for the MD224LL/A configuration (which has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash storage by default) as a US$150 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?
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
5 GT/s* 1.7 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.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k x2 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.
DDR3L SDRAM* 1600 MHz
Details: Shipped standard with 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM onboard.
4 GB 8 GB*
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.
4 GB* None
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.
HD Graphics 4000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
384 MB* 512 MB*
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.
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 (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.
64 GB, 128 GB SSD Proprietary* (6 Gb/s)
Details: The MD223LL/A configuration has 64 GB of flash storage and the MD224LL/A configuration has 128 GB of flash storage. Neither configuration has a hard drive. The higher-end MD224LL/A configuration also could be equipped with 256 GB or 512 GB of storage at the time of purchase. The 256 GB and 512 GB storage upgrades originally were an additional US$300 or US$800, respectively. Apple dropped the price to US$200 and US$500, respectively, on February 13, 2013. Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the storage after purchase, but it is quite possible.

*As first discovered by site sponsor OWC, the "Mid-2012" MacBook Air models use a different connector than previous models.

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.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity 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. 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, 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?
802.11a/b/g/n 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?
2 (3.0) None
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?
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) 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?
Notebook MacBook Air 11"
Details: This MacBook Air uses a razor thin aluminum case design with a "catchless" magnetic latch.
MD223LL/A* Mid-2012
Details: *MD223LL/A is configured with 64 GB of flash storage whereas MD224LL/A is configured with 128 GB of flash storage.
A1465 (EMC 2558) MacBookAir5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1465 Model Number, the 2558 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir5,1 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 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?
X 10.7.4 (11E2520) Current
Details: This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as well as the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks."
7 (32-Bit)* 8 (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. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
None 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.
.11-.68 x 11.8 x 7.56 2.38 lbs (1.08 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$999, US$1099 US$700-US$800
Details: This MacBook Air originally was sold with 64 GB of flash storage (MD223LL/A) for US$999 and 128 GB of flash storage (MD224LL/A) for US$1099.

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1 (Thunderbolt) 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?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
2 (3.0) None
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?
None None
Details: No internal modem or Ethernet. External Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter offered for US$29.
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Internal) None
Details: Internal omnidirectional microphone.
None* 1*
Details: *Single analog audio output/headphone jack. Supports Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone.
None None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 45W "MagSafe 2" power adapter.



Global original prices for the MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.7 11" (Mid-2012) 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$1029, C$1129 US$999, US$1099

Original Prices - Europe

€1049, €1149 €1079, €1179
DKK 8,099, 8,899 €1099, €1199
€1049, €1149 €1049, €1149
€1099, €1199 €1079, €1179
€1049, €1149 NOK 8.290, 9.190
€1099, €1199 €1049, €1149
SEK 9.795, 10.795 CHF 1'149, 1'249
£849, £929

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 7,388, 7,988 HK$7,688, HK$8,488
¥84,800, ¥94,800 S$1,388, S$1,488
NT$31,900, NT$34,900

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$1099, A$1249 NZ$1549, NZ$1749


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