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Hello

 

I am considering purchasing the new macbook air 13". I currently have the original aluminum unibody macbook 2.4 ghz.  The battery is dying and will only last 30 min and it is starting to get buggy.

 

QUESTION:

 

1)  Should I get the air right now or wait till the new OS comes out in fall?

 

2)  Is there any advantage to purchasing a machine that comes with the new OS vs installing on a machine that has a different os (Mountain Lion) and already has other apps?  Will it be more "buggy" if it is done that way?

 

3)  Is it safe to assume that the new Macbook Airs will be faster than the previous ones?  

 

4)  I am not a power user (word processing, internet surfing, email, etc..)  Is it worth it to get the I7 and or the extra RAM?

 

Thank you.  Any help would be appreciated.

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1)  Should I get the air right now or wait till the new OS comes out in fall?

2)  Is there any advantage to purchasing a machine that comes with the new OS vs installing on a machine that has a different os (Mountain Lion) and already has other apps?  Will it be more "buggy" if it is done that way?

I'd get new hardware as soon as it comes out. There's no advantage between having a new install vs an upgrade.
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3)  Is it safe to assume that the new Macbook Airs will be faster than the previous ones?

They are faster than the previous MBAs but not significantly. They've improved battery life quite a lot. Compared to the unibody MB, they should be around double the performance.
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4)  I am not a power user (word processing, internet surfing, email, etc..)  Is it worth it to get the I7 and or the extra RAM?

There are some tests of the new ones here:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7058/2013-macbook-air-pcie-ssd-and-haswell-ult-inside

Your model scores 1.3 in Cinebench multi-threaded.

The new PCI storage gets over 700MB/s, which is really fast - if you still have a hard drive in yours, the storage will be over 10x the speed. Going by clock speed alone, the i7 should be at least 30% faster than the i5, which is pretty good for $150 but it's not going to make much difference to basic usage, just things like video encoding. Apps are getting more RAM heavy so the 8GB for $100 would be a good investment as it helps prevent wasting space on the small SSD with virtual memory caches and helps resale value as it can't be upgraded later. You also get more video memory that way too.
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