MacBook Air Late 2008 Explained

MacBook Air
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

IntroducedOctober 14, 2008 – 15 years ago
DiscontinuedJune 8, 2009 – 14 years ago
Last Software UpdateOctober 18, 2016 – 7 years ago
Time on the Market237 days (7 months)
Time of Support96 months (8 years)
Model IdentifierMacBookAir2,1
Model NumberA1304
Order NumberMB543LL/A (1.6 GHz)
MB940LL/A (1.86 GHz)
Original Price$1,799 (1.6 GHz)
$2,499 (1.86 GHz)
ColorsAluminum unibody
Weight3 Ibs.
1.360 KG
Dimensions0.16 – 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


ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo L9300 “Penryn” (1.6 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo L9400 “Penryn” (1.86 GHz)
Processor Speed1.6 GHz
1.86 GHz
Number of Cores2
System Bus1066 MHz
Cache6 MB on-chip shared L2

Storage & Media

Storage120 GB (HDD)
128 GB (SSD)
Media1 – MacBook Air SuperDrive (Optional)


Built-in Memory2 GB DDR3 PC3-8500 SDRAM 1066 MHz
Maximum Memory2 GB
Memory SlotsNone
Interleaving SupportYes


Built-in Display13.3″ Color TFT glossy widescreen Display
Pixel Density114 dpi
Brightness300 cd/m²
Resolutions640 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 CardNVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Graphics Memory256 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory*
Display Connection1 – Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI or dual-link DVI with adapter)
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring
External ResolutionUp to 2560 by 1600 pixels
CameraiSight (640 x 480)
*Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 MB


Expansion SlotsNone
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA (SATA)


Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11a/b/g/n
EthernetUSB Ethernet Adapter MB442Z/A (Optional)
ModemApple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Infrared1 – For Apple Remote Only
USB1 – 480 Mbps
Audio In1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
1 – Built-in speaker
Display1 – Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI or dual-link DVI with adapter)
Security SlotNone


Motion SensorSudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Liquid SensorLiquid Contact Indicators (LCI)

Keyboard and trackpad

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


Original OSMac OS X 10.5.5
Maximum OSOS X 10.11.6
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.5
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)


System BatteryIntegrated 37 W Lithium-Polymer
Backup BatteryNone
Battery LifeUp to 4.5 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles300
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter45 W MagSafe Power Adapter

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