The ageing MacBook Air might be considered the runt of the litter as the only non-Retina device (across the whole range) in Apple Stores, but that belies its usefulness as an entry-level MacBook which has the longest life of any MacBook (12 hours) and weighs just 1.35kg.
It has a great heritage as the ultimate ultra-portable and it has been more than eight years since Steve Jobs stood on stage and pulled one out of a manilla envelope. The lineup only includes the 13.3-inch model now, as the 12-inch MacBook took the place of the tiny 11-inch Air.
The Air was last boosted in April 2016, but it only added an extra 4GB of RAM (to 8GB) on all models. The rest of the specs are unchanged from the 2015 model, which itself was only a minor bump on the 2013 and 2014 models.
Today you get either the 1.6GHz or 2.2GHz models, both coming Intel HD Graphics 6000 and that 8GB RAM is now a little bit faster too.
When choosing an Air you can still opt for one of the older models by shopping in the Apple refurb store, a wise option if you really are limited on cash but know you want a little Apple laptop. You could pay as little as £759.
13-inch MacBook Air deals
Brand new, the base level MacBook Air comes with a 128GB SSD and a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, setting you back £949. It’s still a good choice for travellers and runs the latest software – macOS Sierra, introduced in September 2016.
As standard there’s only the 128GB and 256GB models, but the 256GB is configurable to 512GB for an extra £180, but that sends the price of the base 1.6GHz model to a whopping £1,279, in which case you ought to consider the 12-inch MacBook instead.
11-inch MacBook Air deals
The older 11-inch model has been ushered into the room marked 'end-of-life' by Apple, but there are still some great deals around.