I have MacBook Air'13, 2011 (256 GB, i7) running the latest Sierra version. I have turned off all transparency features, but don't like two things: 1. White Notification Center, and 2. Unexpected, abrupt shutdowns. Two weeks ago I was working with Word, Excel open fullscreen and the Mac shutdown 4-5 times a day. I have a mid-2011 MacBook Air that I want to update to the latest OS that will run on it. I asked for help on Facebook, but none of the suggestions work. So let's start over. I understand it can run 10.13. But I have yet to find a download that will install 10.13.
Apple made some significant changes to the MacBook Air in October 2010, introducing a new 11.6″ model and moving the line from tiny hard drives to solid state drives (SSDs) exclusively. Apple claims its SSDs are up to twice as fast as conventional ones.
For the first time ever, you can expand RAM from the stock 2 GB, with 4 GB as the 2010 MBA’s new maximum (a $100 build-to-order option – and only available at time of purchase).
The Late 2010 MacBook Air is the oldest MacBook Air to officially support macOS Sierra.
In light of FaceTime coming to the Mac, Apple has renamed the built-in webcam, formerly called iSight, as a FaceTime camera.
Peripheral users will rejoice: The Late 2010 MBA finally has two USB 2.0 ports (one on each side), a huge improvement over the single USB port in previous editions.
The MBA has no built-in optical drive, but you can add an external USB 2.0 SuperDrive (only compatible with the MacBook Air) for a new low price of US$79. Rather than include an install DVD, Apple now ships the MBA with a USB software reinstall drive.
A few things are missing. There is no FireWire port. There’s no built-in ethernet port; if you need ethernet, Apple sells a USB 2.0 ethernet adapter for $29. And the MBA no longer has a backlit keyboard.
The MacBook Air is available only with an 18-bit glossy display (not the 24 bits you might expect). Like the iPod and iPhone, it does not have an easily replaceable battery. Cost to have Apple replace the battery out of warranty is $129.
In addition to a second USB port, the 13″ MacBook Air also gains an SD Card slot, a standard feature on most MacBooks these days. This not only makes it easy to import photos and videos, it also makes it easy to add more data storage if the SSD isn’t large enough or removable data storage if security or portability is a concern.
Apple has increased screen resolution on the 13″ MBA to 1440 x 900, the same resolution that’s been standard on 15″ MacBook Pro models. The 11″ MBA has a 1366 x 768 display.
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Thanks for reaching out to the Apple Support Communities! From your message I can see that you have erased the 2011 MacBook Air and are looking to upgrade the OS X from Lion.
You're correct that you need to upgrade to OS X El Capitan before you can upgrade to macOS High Sierra.
Since you're unable to reinstall the Mac OS X Lion through Recovery, see if you can boot into Internet Recovery. To access Internet Recovery, restart your MacBook Air and hold down Option + Command + R. This will allow you to reinstall OS X Lion.
By reinstalling Lion you'll have access to the App Store and you can follow the steps to upgrade to OS X El Capitan: How to upgrade to OS X El Capitan.
Once you have OS X El Capitan running, you can then upgrade to macOS High Sierra: How to upgrade to macOS High Sierra.
If you're unable to reinstall OS X Lion, you'll need to have access to another Mac to be able to create a bootable USB drive for El Capitan. This article will provide you with the steps to take to create a bootable installer: How to create a bootable installer for macOS.
All the best!
Feb 12, 2020 6:35 AM