Should I exchange my new MacBook Air?

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I purchased a new 11 inch Mac Book Air on March 4th. On March 9th Apple released a new Mac Book Air with a faster processor and upgraded graphics. I'm still in the 14 day window to exchange the Mac Book, but is it really worth it? Will I see an appreciable difference? I finally have the Mac Book set up the way I like it. What do you guys and gals think? Thanks!
 

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I'm still in the 14 day window to exchange the Mac Book, but is it really worth it? Will I see an appreciable difference? I finally have the Mac Book set up the way I like it. What do you guys and gals think?

In depth professional reviews haven't been released yet (or could be any day now)...since the new models were announced only 2 days ago.

If you're bumping up against a 14 day return window…and have concerns…return it. This is the best we (or at least I) can advise at this point.

- Nick
 

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I agree with Nick, return it. Also, a quick review of the HD 6000 GPU that the new MBA uses is available on line. It's about 25% faster than the older model. Nothing yet (as Nick pointed out) regarding speed and other specs.
 

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Just checked…and pricing on 2014 11" MacBook Air's and the new 2015 MacBook Air's is the same ($899 and $1099).

So if the Intel HD 6000 graphics hardware is 25% faster the previous Intel graphics hardware (as chscag mentioned). If that translates to 25% better graphics performance on the new 2015 11" MBA (or even 15-20%) faster…that would be enough justification for me to return the 2014 MBA and get the 2015 MBA!:)

Why not…same price!:) Assuming there are no serious negatives to the 2015 11" MBA.

Plus there could be other improvements as well that reviewers with help us out with.:)

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Thanks for the advice! I thought I would just keep the early 2014 Mac Book Air, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to exchange it. I took it back and Apple exchanged it no questions asked! I haven't seen any appreciable difference but it's the peace of mind knowing that I have the latest Mac Book Air made it worth it! Thanks again!
 

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Good move. I guaranty that you will see a nice increase in graphics speed when playing certain games or rendering. The HD 6000 will produce a 25% increase in the average frame rate for most games. Anyway, it's always nice to have the latest model. ;)
 
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If you stuck with the 11-inch model, then there's really no significant update in the newer model other than the slightly-improved graphics. It is, essentially, the same machine as before (just more energy efficient, which means you might get an extra hour of battery life).

The 13-inch MBA, on the other hand, got very notably upgraded to the new, faster (100 percent faster!) flash storage, which features a 1.3GB/sec read speed (that's right, GB not Gb). Also, the battery on the 13-inch is rated for 12 hours (!) compared to the 11-incher's "mere" nine hours.
 

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