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iMovie 10.0.1 enhance/export

Mac modelResults (seconds)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 219.3
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 219.0
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 219.0
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 235.7
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 238.7

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iPhoto 9.5.1 import

Mac modelResults (seconds)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 178.7
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 177.7
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 179.0
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 199.3
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 198.7

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iTunes 11.1 AAC to MP3 encode

Mac modelResults (seconds)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 85.3
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 86.3
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 85.0
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 87.3
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 87.3

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

HandBrake 0.9.5 encode

Mac modelResults (seconds)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 230.3
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 232.0
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 224.7
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 238.7
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 237.3

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Photoshop CC action script

Mac modelResults (seconds)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 157.0
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 155.3
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 157.0
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 163.3
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 161.0

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Aperture 3.5.1 import/process

Mac modelResults (seconds)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 121.7
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 121.7
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 120.3
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 125.3
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 126.0

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench R15 CPU

Mac modelResults (seconds)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 174.0
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 173.0
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 174.0
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 181.0
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 180.0

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

MathematicaMark 9

Mac modelResults (scores)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 1.57
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 1.6
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 1.47
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 1.46
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 1.51

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Parallels 9-PCMark 8 Office

Mac modelResults (scores)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 2050.7
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 2039.0
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 2027.0
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 1988.0
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 1988.3

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1280-by-720

Mac modelHeaven 1280-by-720Valley 1280-by-720
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 20.8 16.7
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 21.5 16.2
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 19.2 14.1
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 19.4 13.4
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 20.4 14.1

Results are frames per second; higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench R15 OpenGL

Mac modelResults (fps)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 18.7
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 18.7
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 18.6
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 21.1
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 21.5

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Battery life

Mac modelResults (hours:minutes)
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 9:39
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 9:35
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 12:13
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 9:19
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 11:50

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

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