What You Need to Know About the 2010 Apple Macbook Air

The 2010 Apple MacBook Air is a series of subnotebook computers. With its extra portability and good battery life, you can browse the web, video conference, play games, or get your work done from almost anywhere. The third generation of the MacBook Air was released in October of 2010.

What is a subnotebook?

A subnotebook essentially refers to a smaller and lighter version of a full-sized laptop. It is designed for easier portability and transportation although at the expense of some performance and peripheral features. To reduce the size of the MacBook Air, Apple omitted the optical disk drive, the number pad on the keyboard, and the Ethernet port. The MacBook Air features a machined aluminum casing, a thin chassis, a backlit keyboard, an anti-glare LCD screen, and a trackpad with support for multi-touch gestures, such as pinching, swiping, and rotating.

How many different versions of the MacBook Air were released?

Two different versions of the MacBook Air were introduced in 2010. One version has an 11.6-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The other version has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1440x900 pixels. Both versions feature a dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 2GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), although the 13.3-inch model is slightly faster. Both models feature an Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card with 256MB of DDR3 memory. They are also equipped with the following features:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • A 480p iSight camera
  • A Mini DisplayPort output
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • A Magsafe power connector

In terms of storage options, the 11.6-inch model features either a 64GB or 128GB solid-state drive. The 13.3-inch model features either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive with an additional SDXC card slot for more storage options. The SDXC reader, which stands for Secure Digital eXtended Capacity, is backwards compatible with high-capacity and standard-capacity SD cards as well. All models of the 2010 MacBook Air run on the macOS 10.13 operating system at the latest. Photos, Notes, Mail, the Safari web browser, and the Siri personal assistant are all included.

What is a solid-state drive?

A solid-state drive is a type of storage device that is sometimes used as a replacement for a hard drive. As opposed to a hard drive, which reads and writes data along the surface of a magnetic disk, a solid-state drive stores and retrieves data inside of electronic circuits.

Solid-state storage is the preferred storage format for many portable devices because it has no moving mechanical parts such as a spindle or a spinning disk and is therefore less susceptible to disruptions or shocks. Furthermore, in comparison to the longer read and write times of a magnetic drive, solid-state memory allows you to store or retrieve important information with minimal delay.