Apple really messed up with the Early 2014 MacBook Air. The base version had just 4 GB of memory, and it shipped with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the last version of OS X to run comfortably with 4 GB of memory. It’s a good thing Apple also offered an 8 GB option for those planning to use future versions of OS X.
Like the Mid 2013 MacBook Air, the Early 2014 models use Intel’s Haswell CPUs.
The 11-incher comes in 1.4 GHz i5 and 1.7 GHz i7 versions, originally retailing at US$899 and $1,099 respectively. The 13-incher has the same CPUs, with the 1.3 GHz i5 retailing for $999 and the 1.7 GHz i7 for $1,199.
Scores are for the Geekbench 3 64-bit multicore benchmark. Geekbench doesn’t have scores for the 1.7 GHz Early 2013 MacBook Air.
- 1.7 GHz i7 11″ Mid 2013, 6205
- 1.7 GHz i7 13″ Mid 2013, 6170
- 1.4 GHz i5 11″ Early 2014, 5260
- 1.4 GHz i5 13″ Early 2014, 5186
- 1.3 GHz i5 11″ Mid 2013, 5023
- 1.3 GHz i5 13″ Mid 2013, 5013
The 1.4 GHz Early 2014 models are slightly faster than the 1.3 GHz Mid 2013 models they replace. I would guess the 1.7 GHz i7 results for 2013 and 2014 are comparable.
The 4 GB versions of these are good performers and can handily run OS X 10.9 Mavericks from 2013/14. But that’s barely adequate support for a 2014 model, especially compared to the 8 GB MBAs that can run current versions of OS X very nicely.
The 4 GB model has to be considered a Limited Mac, because it really can’t run anything after OS X 10.9 well with the limited amount of memory it has. We don’t consider the 8 GB MacBook Air limited at this point.
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