MacBook Air Late 2008 Explained

Source: – MacBook Air

The Apple MacBook Air Late 2008 is a notable notebook computer within the MacBook Air series, produced and marketed by Apple from 2008 to 2009. Released on October 14, 2008, this model debuted with a base price of $1,799.

Characterized by its sleek design and innovative features, the MacBook Air (Late 2008) maintained its predecessor’s processor speed upon its announcement in October 2008 and subsequent release in November.

However, it boasted enhancements in performance, facilitated by a swifter 1066 MHz bus, an expanded 6 MB on-chip L2 cache, and an upgraded graphics chipset. Additionally, the micro-DVI port was replaced with the more advanced Mini DisplayPort, enabling compatibility with larger external displays, boasting resolutions up to 2560×1600.

Source: – MacBook Air

Externally, the MacBook Air Late 2008 retained the same housing as its predecessor, featuring a 13.3″ display, a full-size keyboard, and a single-button “three-finger” trackpad. Notably, it lacked an optical drive, featured a non-removable battery, and limited memory expansion to the onboard 2 GB.

However, internal enhancements included accelerated NVIDIA graphics, a swifter architecture with an enhanced system bus, quicker memory, and an expanded L2 cache. Furthermore, it offered increased storage capacity, adopting SATA support over PATA, and introduced the new Mini DisplayPort standard, replacing the mini-DVI port.

Key specifications of the new MacBook Air encompassed a 1.6 or 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 13.3 TFT Display, an aluminum unibody case, 2 GB of RAM, and storage options ranging from a 120 GB hard drive (HDD) to a 128 GB flash memory (SSD). Additional features included built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an iSight camera, an ambient light sensor, an illuminated keyboard, and 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics in the base model.

Source: – Original MacBook Air

On June 8, 2009, the MacBook Air Late 2008 was discontinued, marking the end of its production cycle. As of today, the MacBook Air Late 2008 stands at 15 years old, symbolizing its enduring legacy in the realm of portable computing.

MacBook Air
Source: – MacBook Air

MacBook Air Late 2008 Details

Introduced October 14, 2008 – 15 years ago
Discontinued June 8, 2009 – 14 years ago
Last Software Update October 18, 2016 – 7 years ago
Time on the Market 237 days (7 months)
Time of Support 96 months (8 years)
Model Identifier MacBookAir2,1
Model Number A1304
EMC 2253
Order Number MB543LL/A (1.6 GHz)
MB940LL/A (1.86 GHz)
Original Price $1,799 (1.6 GHz)
$2,499 (1.86 GHz)
Colors Aluminum unibody
Weight 3 Ibs.
1.360 KG
Dimensions 0.16 – 0.76 H x 12.74 W x 8.9 D
0.40 – 1.93 cm H x 32.35 cm W x 22.6 cm D

MacBook Air Tech Specs


Processor Intel Core 2 Duo L9300 “Penryn” (1.6 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo L9400 “Penryn” (1.86 GHz)
Processor Speed 1.6 GHz
1.86 GHz
Architecture 64-bit
Number of Cores 2
System Bus 1066 MHz
Cache 6 MB on-chip shared L2

Storage & Media


Built-in Memory 2 GB DDR3 PC3-8500 SDRAM 1066 MHz
Maximum Memory 2 GB
Memory Slots None
Interleaving Support Yes


Built-in Display 13.3″ Color TFT glossy widescreen Display
Pixel Density 114 dpi
Brightness 300 cd/m
Resolutions 640 x 480
720 x 480
800 x 500
800 x 600
1024 x 640
1024 x 768
1152 x 720
1280 x 800 (native)


Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Graphics Memory 256 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory*
Display Connection 1 – Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI or dual-link DVI with adapter)
Display Modes Dual display extended and video mirroring
External Resolution Up to 2560 by 1600 pixels
Camera iSight (640 x 480)
*Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 MB


Expansion Slots None
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA (SATA)
Bays None


Wi-Fi AirPort Extreme Card 802.11a/b/g/n
Ethernet USB Ethernet Adapter MB442Z/A (Optional)
Modem Apple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Infrared 1 – For Apple Remote Only
USB 1 – 480 Mbps
Audio In 1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out 1 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
1 – Built-in speaker
Display 1 – Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI or dual-link DVI with adapter)
Security Slot None


Motion Sensor Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Liquid Sensor Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI)

Keyboard and trackpad

Keyboard Built-in Full-size 78-key (U.S.) or 79-key (ISO) incl. 12 function and 4 arrow keys, embedded keypad, ambient light sensor, illuminated
Trackpad Solid-state trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support


Original OS Mac OS X 10.5.5
Maximum OS OS X 10.11.6
Firmware Intel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled Software Mac OS X 10.5
iLife 08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)


System Battery Integrated 37 W Lithium-Polymer
Backup Battery None
Battery Life Up to 4.5 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles 300
Maximum Continuous Power Unknown
Line Voltage 100-240 V AC
Power Adapter 45 W MagSafe Power Adapter

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