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Apple MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.8 13" Mid 2012 Specs

MacBook Air - MD231LL/A - MacBookAir5,2 - A1466

About This Mac

The Apple MacBook Air model, a 13” version, was released midway through 2012.  It comes equipped with a 720p “FaceTime HD” webcam and 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM on the motherboard. The MacBook Air maintained its razor thin design and further reduced the weight from the previous versions down to 2.96 pounds. This device is thin, compact, and is packed with great features.  Specifications and capabilites for the device can be found below. 


This MacBook Air comes with either 128 or 256 GB SSD of flash storage. There are also configurations that can be equipped with 512 GB of storage.

    Screen Size and Resolution

    This MacBook Air sub-notebook has an 13” widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix glossy display and a 1440 x 900 native resolution. The resolution is high enough to give clear quality images with pixels being barely visible when up close.

      Inclusive Features

      The MacBook Pro includes the following features and ports:

      • AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) which allows connection to the best Wi-Fi bands available.
      • A Bluetooth 4.0 for PAN (Personal Area Network) connections and transfers.
      • Two USB 3.0 ports are supplied for the connection of external keyboards, printers, external hard disks etc.
      • One Thunderbolt port that is backward compatible with Mini DisplayPort.
      • Analog audio out
      • SDXC Card (SDXC)
      • No button glass multi-touch trackpad (Inertial)
      • FaceTime video camera


            Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

            This MacBook Air comes with a pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2520) and runs on a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 (I5-3427U) processor.  It also has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares 384 MB up to 512 MB of memory with the system.

            Memory & Architecture

            The MacBook Air is equipped with a 32k/32k x2 Level 1 Cache and 256k x2, 3 MB (on chip) Level 2/Level 3 cache. The device runs 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM on board which can be upgraded to 8 GB at the time of purchase.

            Battery Life

            The MacBook Air comes with a 50-watt-hour lithium polymer battery that can provide up to 7 hours of wireless web use. 

            1.8 GHZ Core i5

            4 GB

            128, 256 GB Solid State Drive

            7 Hours

            Available Upgrades

            This MacBook Air has RAM that can be upgraded from the 4 GB to  8 GB but only at the time of purchase.  The operating system of the MacBook Air can also be upgraded from its pre-installed MacOS X 10.7.4 (11E2520) to current MacOS X.  It can also host Windows 7 (32-Bit) and can accommodate operating systems as recent as Windows 10 (64-Bit).  This MacBook Air is 0.11 – 0.68 in x 12.8 in x 8.94 in and weighs 2.96 lbs (1.35 kg). A very light device with the power to run most daily activities. We do not recommend this device if you intend to do heavy graphical or CPU loads.

            Introduced:  June 11, 2012

            Discontinued: June 10, 2013

            Screen Size and Resolution


            Screen Size

            13 inches

            Level 1 Cache

            32k/32k x2



            Level 2/Level 3 Cache

            256k x2, 3 MB (on chip)


            RAM Type

            DDR3L SDRAM


            1 (2 Cores)

            Min. RAM Speed

            1600 MHz



            Standard RAM

            4 GB


            1.8 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.8 GHz)

            Maximum RAM

            8 GB


            Core i5 (I5-3427U)

            RAM Slots


            Processor Upgrade


            Motherboard RAM

            4 GB




            System Bus Speed

            5 GT/s

            Video Card

            HD Graphics 4000

            Cache Bus Speed

            1.8 GHz (Built-in)

            VRAM Type




            Standard VRAM

            384 MB

            EFI Architecture


            Maximum VRAM

            512 MB


            Inclusive Features and Ports

            Standard Storage

            128, 256 GB SSD

            Standard Optical Drive


            Storage Speed

            184/203 MB/s

            Standard Ethernet


            Storage Dimensions


            Standard Modem


            Storage Interface

            Proprietary (6 Gb/s)

            Standard Air Port



            Standard Bluetooth



            50 W h Li-Poly

            USB Port 3.0


            Battery Life

            7 hours

            FireWire Port





            Case Type


            Inclusive Input

            Trackpad (Inertial)

            Form Factor

            MacBook Air 13”

            SDXC Card Slot


            Apple Order No



            1 (Internal)

            Apple Subfamily




            Apple Model Number

            A1466 (EMC 2559)

            Sound Out


            Model ID

            MacBook Air 5.2

            Power Adapter


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