2012 MacBook Air Compared to the 2015 MacBook

I’m still thinking about this new MacBook. I share a couple more thoughts at the end of the Mac Power Users episode that will release next week. For now I’ve decided to do nothing until at least mid-May. I’ve got a busy April finishing up the school semester, speaking at the ABA TECHSHOW and work and family obligations. I also want to wait and see what accessories are released for the new USB-C connector. Belkin has already announced a line of USB-C cables, including a USB-C to Ethernet adapter, I suspect they’re just the first of the accessory makers to announce these types of products.

While I’m waiting for the first reviews and benchmarks of the new MacBook to aide in my decision, I came across this article from Ars Technica discussing the new Core M chip:

We’ll need to have the system in hand to examine how the laptop throttles its CPU and GPU to save power, which will be important for things like gaming, video editing, and heavy Photoshop work. For general-use tasks that don’t peg the processor, the oversimplified version is that Core M performs a lot like the Ivy Bridge Core i5 and i7 CPUs in the 2012 MacBook Airs. If you’ve got a 2013 or 2015 MacBook Air, it will be a step down. If you have a 2012 MacBook Air, it’s a step sideways at best.


My current machine is a 2012 13" MacBook Air, 2GHz Intel i7 with 8GB of RAM. While there are many advantages to the new MacBook, namely the Retina display and thinner and smaller form factor, it seems that from a speed and processing power it’s going to be about the same. That could be hard to justify.