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New MacBook Vs Current MacBook Air

I am thinking about purchasing the new MacBook 1.3 GH processor. Currently I have a MacBook Air that I wish Mac would continue only adding Retina. I like the long battery life and the ports of the air.

Question: Will my current office for Mac 2011 software be compatible with a new MacBook? Will I be losing any features such as photos, maps and calendars currently on the Air? My air is early 2014.

Will there be any upgrades in the 2018 models, and if so, do you know when the new computers will be introduced to the market?

Do you know when a new operating system for the MacBook Air (2014) is available? Currently, I have Sierra installed.
Edward Glinski

Comments: 5 Responses to “New MacBook Vs Current MacBook Air”

    3 years ago

    I’m not 100% sure if Office 2011 will work on the new MacBook. Actually, it isn’t the hardware I’d worry about, but the new OS. I haven’t heard that High Sierra breaks Office 2011. But I haven’t tried it either as I no longer have Office 2011. Is there any reason why you don’t want to upgrade to the latest version of Office? And if you “don’t need it” then why not switch to Pages/Numbers/Keynote then?

    As for software compatibility, I don’t see why any major software wouldn’t work on a new MacBook with High Sierra, especially if you know it works with a 2014 MacBook Air with Sierra. There really isn’t that big of a jump there. Certainly you can still use Photos, Maps, Calendar and all of the other Apple stuff. If you are using iCloud for those things, then they should appear on any new Mac you get. If you aren’t using iCloud, then migration assistant will move those things over.

    I don’t have any inside information about new models. At this point in the year we usually know what Apple is planning through the end of the year as they like to announce things. We know an iMac Pro is coming, and that is about it. As for 2018, I’m sure it will bring new MacBooks at some point. I can’t guess whether that would be spring or fall.

    As for a new OS, that has already arrived. Apple launched High Sierra back in September and I’ve been doing tutorials on it since then.

    3 years ago

    My macbook air’s side bar no longer has the Icon for RSS feeds.
    How do i get it back?

    3 years ago

    Edwarf: The latest version of Safari no longer has that feature. I guess not enough people used it for Apple to continue to develop it.

    Janet Tokerud
    3 years ago

    The problem is Office 2011 has issues with High Sierra. I still use Office 2011 because I’m a light user and 2011 meets my needs. The Spring/Summer 2017 MacBook Air came out before High Sierra. Getting a refurb Air 2017 would probably come with Sierra. I would inquire with the MB Air Reseller to make sure.

    3 years ago

    So, if the plan is to stick with Office 2011, and thus stick with Sierra, then you are now frozen in time. You’ll never be able to move forward and take advantage of High Sierra or what comes next. You’ll never be able to use new features in other software that requires HS or better. You’ll be stuck in 2016. To me, it doesn’t make sense to pay a premium for a computer like a Mac but then hold back like that. I’d either upgrade from Office 2011 or switch to Pages/Numbers/Keynote or Google Docs or Open Office, etc.

    If you do want to stick with Office 2011 and Sierra, then why not just keep using your 2014 MacBook Air?

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