Find the correct model

Sometimes it is not so easy to determine exactly which computer model you have. Whether you're looking at an iMac or a MacBook Air is usually decided pretty quickly - but how can you tell the difference between a 2012 and 2013 MacBook Air from the outside? Both have the model number A1466 - but the internal components are not compatible. Also, you can't always rely on the information on the base plates. For example, the base plate of an A1370 11-inch MacBook Air from 2010 will fit an 11-inch A1465 from 2015 without any problems. Here are some tips on how to distinguish between the models.

The MacBook Air 11" is a fairly small, portable notebook. It can be clearly identified by the imprint "A1370" or "A1465" on the bottom. No longer readable? If your MacBook Air has a case width of 30 cm, it's the 11" model. You have to differentiate between the A1370 models from 2010 and 2011 - both with the old MagSafe connector, which is a little thicker than the newer MagSafe2 connector that was used in the A1465 models from 2012. On the A1465 model you have to distinguish again: Is it the one from mid 2012 or the one from 2013? Here you only have to look at the left side with the MagSafe and USB connectors: If there are two small holes for the microphone here, you have an A1465 from 2013, 2014 or 2015, with these all components are compatible.

This is a MacBook Air 11":

MacBook Air 11"
MacBook Air 11"
MacBook Air 11" width
MacBook Air 11"

 

The 2010 model is easy to identify, it has no further function on the function key F5, as it has no keyboard illumination. All other models have the functions for the brightness of the keyboard illumination on the F5 and F6 keys.
The distinction between the 2011 model and the following models can be made via the MagSafe connector: If MacBook Air has a backlit keyboard and the older, thicker MagSafe connector, it's the 2011 A1370. The thinner MagSafe2 connector means the model is an A1465.

Function-Keys MacBook Air 2010
Function-keys of a A1370 2010
Function-keys MacBook Air 2011 to 2015
Function-keys from 2011 and later
MagSafe connectors
Upper: MagSafe (old) = A1370
Lower: MagSafe2 starting from 2012 = A1465

 

Now we still have to distinguish: If you have an A1465 from 2012 or one from 2013, 2014 or 2015. The 2012 model has a lot of small circular holes on the left side as microphone opening, the models from 2013 have two single holes. The models from 2013 on are 100% compatible with each other.

microphone 2012
Microphone of a 2012er Air
Microphone 2013
Microphone of an Air from 2013

Once again, the following models can be distinguished:

A1370 2010: Function key F5 without additional function = no background lighting of the keyboard
A1370 2011: Keyboard with backlight but MagSafe (old) Connection
A1465 2012: MagSafe2 connector and microphone with many small circular holes
A1465 2013/2014/2015: Two single holes on the left side for microphone connection

The MacBook Air 13" is a very popular, portable notebook. There are three basic models: The "original" with the model number A1237 or A1304, which can be recognized by the small flap on the side that hides the USB, headphone and monitor ports. And the newer model introduced from 2010 onwards, recognisable by the imprint "A1369" or "A1466" on the underside.

No longer legible? If your MacBook Air has an enclosure width of 32.5 cm, it's a 13-inch model. Does it have a real TrackPad button? Then it's the A1237 or A1304. If it has a full-length trackpad without an extra button, it's an A1369 or A1466.

The A1369 is available in two versions - both with the old MagSafe connector, which is slightly thicker than the newer MagSafe2 connector that was used in the A1465 models from 2012 onwards. On the A1466 model you have to distinguish again: Is it the one from mid 2012 or the one from 2013? Here you only have to look at the left side with the MagSafe and USB connectors: If there are two small holes for the microphone here, you have an A1466 from 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2017, with these all components are compatible.

We do not yet have the latest model from 2018 and 2019 in our stock. It can be recognized by the black display edge, similar to the MacBook Pro models, but still has the MacBook Air design.

This is a MacBook Air 13":

MacBook Air 13"
MacBook Air 13"
MacBook Air 13" Breite
MacBook Air 13"
MacBook Air 13" Original TrackPad
MacBook Air 13" TrackPad with key = A1237 or A1304

 

If your MacBook Air has a TrackPad key, you need to differentiate between the 2008 A1237 model and the A1304 model from late 2008 and early 2009 by opening the side connector panel: The A1237 has a rather wide specific monitor port (Micro DVI) that looks almost like the USB port, the A1304 has a more square port.

MacBook Air 13" A1237
MacBook Air 13" A1237 connectors
MacBook Air 13" A1304
MacBook Air 13" A1304 connectors

 

If your 13-inch MacBook Air doesn't have a TrackPad button or a small flap for connections, it's the newer model starting from 2010.

The 2010 model is easy to identify, it has no further function on the function key F5, as it has no keyboard illumination. All other models have the functions for the brightness of the keyboard illumination on the F5 and F6 keys.

The distinction between the 2011 model and the following can be made via the MagSafe connection: If MacBook Air has a backlit keyboard and the older, thicker MagSafe connector, it's the 2011 A1369, and the thinner MagSafe2 connector means the model is an A1466.

Funktionstasten MacBook Air 2010
Function keys of a A1369 2010
Funktionstasten MacBook Air 2011 bis 2015
Function keys starting from 2011
MagSafe Anschluss Vergleich
Upper: MagSafe (old) = A1369
Lower: MagSafe2 from 2012 = A1466

 

Now we still have to distinguish: If you have an A1466 from 2012 or one from 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2017, the 2012 model has a lot of small circular holes on the left side as microphone opening, the models from 2013 have two single holes. The models from 2013 on are 100% compatible with each other.

microphone holes 2012
Microphone of a 2012 Air
microphone holes 2013
Microphone of a Air from 2013

 

Once again, the following models can be distinguished:

A1237: Trackpad button available, display connector looks almost like the USB connector
A1304: Trackpad button available, display connector is much more square than the USB connector
A1369 2010: Function key F5 without additional function = no background lighting of the keyboard
A1369 2011: Keyboard with backlight but MagSafe (old) Connection
A1466 2012: MagSafe2 connector and microphone with many small circular holes
A1466 2013/2014/2015/2017: two single holes on the left side for microphone connection

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