UThe MacBook Air “Core i7” 2.2 11-Inch (Early 2015/Broadwell) technically is a “configure-to-order” configuration of the MacBook Air “Core i5” 1.6 11-Inch (Early 2015/Broadwell), but also is documented as a separate model for reader convenience. Other than processor (and the corresponding larger level 3 cache), these two models are identical.. The Apple MacBook Air “Core i7” 2.2 11-Inch (Early 2015/Broadwell) features a 14-nm “Broadwell ULT” 2.2 GHz Intel “Core i7” processor (5650U) with two independent processor “cores” on a single chip, a 4 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of onboard 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM (which can be upgraded to 8 GB at the time of purchase, but cannot be upgraded later), 128 GB or 256 GB of PCIe-based flash storage, and an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 6000 graphics processor that shares system memory.
This all is packed in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 2.3 pound, aluminum case with an integrated 720p “FaceTime HD” webcam, a backlit full-size keyboard and an 11.6″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix “glossy” display (1366×768 native resolution).
Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, analog audio out, a single “Thunderbolt” 2 port, and two USB 3.0 ports.
Compared to its predecessor, this model looks effectively identical, but has a more advanced processor and architecture, more advanced graphics, longer reported battery life, and Thunderbolt 2 support. It has some different identifiers, too.
Introduction Date: March 9, 2015 Discontinued Date: N/A
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
Geekbench 2 (32): 7892 Geekbench 2 (64): 9176
Geekbench 3 (32): 2852 Geekbench 3 (32): 6073
Geekbench 3 (64): 3242 Geekbench 3 (64): 6882
Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz Processor Type: Core i7 (I7-5650U)
Details: This model is powered by a 14 nm, 64-bit “Fifth Generation” Intel Mobile Core i7 “Broadwell ULT” (I7-5650U) processor which includes two independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 4 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports “Turbo Boost 2.0” — which “automatically increases the speed of the active cores” to improve performance when needed (up to 3.2 GHz for this model) — and “Hyper Threading” — which allows the system to recognize four total “cores” or “threads” (two real and two virtual).
Also see: How fast are the “Early 2015” MacBook Air models compared to one another and to earlier MacBook Air models? How fast are these models compared to the 13-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro?
Turbo Boost: 3.2 GHz Custom Speeds: N/A
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: OPI* Cache Bus Speed: 2.2 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k x2 L2/L3 Cache: 256k x2, 4 MB (on chip)
RAM Type: LPDDR3 SDRAM* Min. RAM Speed: 1600 MHz
Details: *Ships standard with 4 GB of 1600 MHz “Low Power” LPDDR3 SDRAM onboard.
Standard RAM: 4 GB Maximum RAM: 8 GB*
Details: *4 GB of RAM is onboard. It can be upgraded at the time of purchase to 8 GB as a US$100 option, but it cannot be upgraded later.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: 4 GB* RAM Slots: None
Video Card: HD Graphics 6000 VRAM Type: Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 6000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
Standard VRAM: 1.5 GB Maximum VRAM: 1.5 GB
Built-in Display: 11.6″ Widescreen Native Resolution: 1366×768
Details: 11.6″ color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1366 by 768 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports “1366 by 768 (native), 1344 by 756, and 1280 by 720 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio; 1152 by 720 and 1024 by 640 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768 and 800 by 600 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio.”
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring* 2nd Max. Resolution: 3840×2160 (4K)*
Details: *Although Apple originally only reported that this model could support a single external display up to 2560×1600, third-parties discovered that it actually could support a 3840×2160 (4K) display, and Apple subsequently revised their official documentation to confirm this, as well.
Standard Hard Drive: 128 GB, 256 GB SSD Int. HD Interface: Proprietary* (PCIe)
Details: This custom configuration processor option for the MJVM2LL/A and MJVP2LL/A configurations are equipped by default with 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage, respectively. The higher-end MJVP2LL/A configuration also can be equipped with 512 GB of storage at the time of purchase for an additional US$300.
*The SSD in this model uses a proprietary PCIe 2.0 x2 interface (1 GB/s in each direction). Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the storage after purchase, but it is quite possible.
Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the storage in the “Early 2015″ MacBook Air models? Is it even possible?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Air.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Air.
Standard Optical: None* Standard Disk: None
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: None*
Details: *No MacBook Air models have an internal Ethernet port. However, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter is offered for US$29.
Also see: What official and third-party adapters are available to connect the MacBook Air to wired Ethernet networks?
Standard AirPort: 802.11ac* Standard Bluetooth: 4.0
USB Ports: 2 (3.0) Firewire Ports: None
Expansion Slots: None Expansion Bays: None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external accessories, including docking stations, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Air.
In Ireland, site sponsor SmartSpot sells a number of external expansion options and accessories like cases, cables, SD cards, speakers, and more for this MacBook Air.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external accessories like docks, stands, chargers, cases, security products, and more for this MacBook Air.
Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (Inertial)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook Air 11”
Apple Order No: BTO/CTO Apple Subfamily: Early 2015
Apple Model No: A1465 (EMC 2924) Model ID: MacBookAir7,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1465 Model Number, the 2924 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir7,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 38 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 9 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model can provide up to 9 hours of “wireless web” and up to 10 hours of “iTunes movie playback.” Apple additionally reports that it provides “up to” 30 days of standby time. The system is bundled with a 45W MagSafe 2 power adapter.
Also see: What is the battery life of the “Early 2015” MacBook Air models in “real-world” usage tests? Is it really as long as Apple claims?
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.10.2 (14C2507) Maximum MacOS: Current
Minimum Windows: 8 (64-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 10 (64-Bit)*
MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions: .11-.68 x 11.8 x 7.56 Avg. Weight: 2.38 lbs (1.08 kg)
Original Price (US): US$1049, US$1249* Est. Current Retail: US$1049, US$1249*
Details: *This configure-to-order MacBook Air is available for either the MJVM2LL/A or MJVP2LL/A model, which ships standard with 128 GB of flash storage for US$899 or 256 GB of flash storage for US$1099, respectively. The custom processor option is US$150 for either model, which brings the respective totals to US$1049 and S$1249.