MacBook Air (Late 2008)


Family: MacBook Air

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.5.5

Maximum OS: 10.10.4

Introduced: October 2008

Terminated: June 2009


CPU: Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo (SL9xxx)

CPU Speed: 1.6/1.86 GHz

CPU Cores: 2

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 1066 MHz

Register Width: 64-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 64-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 6 MB on-processor


Onboard RAM: 2 MB

Maximum RAM: 2 GB


Screen: 13.3" LED-backlit TFT

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

VRAM: 256 MB shared (see notes)

Max Resolution: 1280x800

Video Out: Mini DisplayPort

Camera: iSight


Hard Drive: 120 GB 4200 RPM / 128 GB solid-state


Optical Drive: optional external


USB: 1 2.0

Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini

Speaker: mono

Microphone: mono


Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n

Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR


Power: 45 Watts

Dimensions: 0.16-0.76" H x 12.8" W x 8.94" D

Weight: 3.0 lbs.


The MacBook Air's graphics chipset used a portion of main memory as VRAM. Though reported as a 256 MB graphics system, the chipset actually used up to 272 MB of RAM, resulting in a maximum of 1776 MB of RAM available for system use in the base system.

Announced in October 2008 and shipped in November, the MacBook Air (Late 2008) was no faster than its predecessor, in terms of processor speed. It gained performance, however, from a faster 1066 MHz bus, a larger 6 MB on-chip L2 cache, and a faster graphics chipset. In addition, the micro-DVI port was replaced with the new Mini DisplayPort, which was capable of driving a larger external display (2560x1600). The MacBook Air (Late 2008) shipped in two configurations: 1.6 GHz/2GB RAM/120 GB HD/$1799 and 1.86 GHz/2 GB RAM/128 GB solid-state/$2499. Both models were replaced in June 2009 by the MacBook Air (Mid 2009).

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.