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MoodyMedStudent
May 8, 2011, 10:37 AM
I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts on a 15" MBA is (whether or not Apple may release it, and if you'd be interested in buying one).



GGJstudios
May 8, 2011, 10:43 AM
15"MBA- Possible? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1131336)
Will Apple make a 15 inch Air? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1103290)
15 inches MacBook Air ? with OLED ? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1039352)

Next Tuesday
May 8, 2011, 10:45 AM
I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts on a 15" MBA is (whether or not Apple may release it, and if you'd be interested in buying one).

I would buy one. Definetly. Lol.

entatlrg
May 8, 2011, 11:24 AM
Yes !!

gpat
May 8, 2011, 12:47 PM
God, that would be the ultimate ultraportable notebook computer. No, the ultimate notebook computer. No, the ultimate computer.

striker33
May 8, 2011, 01:00 PM
Only with a dedicated gpu, otherwise its an oversized netbook.

glen e
May 8, 2011, 01:04 PM
No I would not.

1. for portable computing - I use an ipad2
2. for portable desktop computing that requires more horsepower, but still small size - (like when I go on the road) - a 11 MBA - 2g is fine with me
3. for full blown home computing - a desktop of any sort.

Maybe if I was trying to cram all my computing into one box, but I'm not that type of user.

montycat
May 8, 2011, 01:04 PM
Yes. Sometimes the 13" screen seems too small. The 15" is just right for my eyes.

amarcus
May 8, 2011, 03:17 PM
My ideal would be same size as the 13inch model but with a razor thin bezel (read: edge-to-edge screen) so that it has a 15inch screen! Best of both :cool:

Adam

torbjoern
May 8, 2011, 03:20 PM
It would be really cool to have a MBA with 1680x1050 pixels, be it 13" or 15".

So my answer to the question is 'Aye'.

TrollToddington
May 8, 2011, 03:23 PM
No.

Airforcekid
May 8, 2011, 03:28 PM
Then the 17 inch ar rumors can start:rolleyes: I would get if the price compared to the 13 inch.

Big D 51
May 8, 2011, 03:30 PM
No.

Draythor
May 8, 2011, 03:34 PM
Personally, I'm holding out for a 27" MBA.
I'll only buy it if it has discrete graphics, blu ray drive and is made entirely out of unicorn faeces.

Seriously though, ultraportables aren't 15". The 13" MBA is already sizeable compared to some of them.

It's an entirely different thing to wish for a thinner, lighter 15" MBP without a CD drive. (I don't see this happening for a while though)

halledise
May 8, 2011, 03:39 PM
15"mba- possible? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1131336)
will apple make a 15 inch air? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1103290)
15 inches macbook air ? With oled ? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1039352)

+1 +1 :)

lilcosco08
May 8, 2011, 03:46 PM
Useless

alexandero
May 8, 2011, 04:07 PM
We can now discuss if we want a 15" MBA or if we want a MBP 15" with SSD and without disk drive (aka the MBA enclosure), and the cool running 25W Sandy Bridge CPU instead of the 45W chips used in the MBPs.

mgipe
May 8, 2011, 04:37 PM
No.

lord patton
May 8, 2011, 05:33 PM
It's an entirely different thing to wish for a thinner, lighter 15" MBP without a CD drive. (I don't see this happening for a while though)

IMO, that's exactly what will happen, although I think it will happen in 8 months with the ivy bridge update.

Cheffy Dave
May 8, 2011, 06:17 PM
NO!, my 11"is divine:eek::cool:

IngerMan
May 8, 2011, 07:05 PM
If it weighed less then 4 pounds and and had a battery life of 10 hours...YES:D

rrl
May 8, 2011, 08:54 PM
No. And kcuf no.

MartiNZ
May 8, 2011, 09:19 PM
Personally, I'm holding out for a 27" MBA.

That just occurred to me as well. It would be just like an artist carrying around their canvas. We could even get a full-size keyboard there :D.

iRun26.2
May 8, 2011, 09:38 PM
No! The 13.3" version is already too big.

alust2013
May 8, 2011, 09:40 PM
Nope. The point of the air is to be ultraportable, the whole 15" thing kinda defeats that. Plus I think it would look kinda weird. Plus, you can't say that the Air is going to replace the MBP anytime soon, as LV/ULV CPUs can't even come close to touching the quads in the current MBPs. Those things could even make a pretty powerful desktop.

KylePowers
May 8, 2011, 09:41 PM
My ideal would be same size as the 13inch model but with a razor thin bezel (read: edge-to-edge screen) so that it has a 15inch screen! Best of both :cool:

Adam

I've always felt 13 inches was the sweet spot (... that's what she said?). Not too small, not too big... but if 15 inches could squeezed into a bezel-less lid on the 13 - that would be a whole new level of epic.

But then of course, if they could squeeze a 13in screen into a bezel-less lid on the 11 - well, I'd probably go for that. haha

sh1019
May 12, 2011, 10:38 PM
15" not a air, it's a stone.

afireintonto
May 12, 2011, 10:42 PM
i've never understood why people buy 15" laptops. I mean if they really think they need that much screen....but who does? laptops are supposed to be portable, I know that I don't want to be dragging around the extra weight.

deedas
May 13, 2011, 01:41 AM
F yeah, 1680x1050 here I come!

christophermdia
May 13, 2011, 03:15 AM
My ideal would be same size as the 13inch model but with a razor thin bezel (read: edge-to-edge screen) so that it has a 15inch screen!

This is my preference too, 15" in the same form factor as the current 13

funkboy
May 13, 2011, 03:46 AM
But then of course, if they could squeeze a 13in screen into a bezel-less lid on the 11 - well, I'd probably go for that.

I'll second that. If we take Steve's comments from a couple years back about netbooks being unergonomic plastic junk and then we have a look at my 11" Air, it is clearly Steve's definition of "the smallest acceptable Mac laptop". Mine too. My hackintosh netbook is now in the "machines for friends with computer problems" pile (& it'll get ubuntu on it if they need it; no way I would give a hackintosh to someone that hasn't already done it themselves).

Give me an 11" Air with the biggest screen possible, please.

Now, there are two opposing forces on the road to this goal:

- If we look at the lid of the 11" Air (& any Air since the beginning), the lid starts to taper down to the super-thin edge more or less exactly at the point where the display panel itsself stops. This is what it looks like inside (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/inside-the-new-macbook-airs-screen/8523); it is very different from any existing laptop. Presumably if they had access to any technology that would allow them to make it any wider than they already did without making the lid chunkier (i.e. without the sexy taper to the edge that makes the machine look even thinner than it already is), they would have done so.

- on the plus side, Jonathan Ive has blown industrial designers' minds numerous times in the past, & will continue to do so.

But for the moment Air-land is a trade off between lid thickness and bezel width...

Michael383
May 13, 2011, 04:05 AM
I would be interested in it.

dlimes13
May 13, 2011, 04:14 AM
I'd buy it, but not if it was at a $2,000+ price tag though.

octatonic
May 13, 2011, 04:39 AM
I can see the point of the MBP going SSD, with the slimmer design but it would need to be a powerhouse CPU.

A 15" MBA I don't really see the need for it.
If the Air is meant to be an ultra-portable then 15" screen doesn't make sense to me.

I like having a Mac Pro in my recording studio and the 11" MBA I picked up for portable/location recording.
Works great.

narayanagame
May 13, 2011, 05:37 AM
i would buy it if it has 10hrs battery life with discrete graphics and ports equal to MBP 15 and weigh less than 4lbs and price less than 2000$:D

I dont get when people say all ultraportables should be less than 13inch.that isnt true.ultraportables main need is to have less weight with sufficient power to get the required work done.why do people think size is imp for ultraportable so much??thats bcoz less size obviously means less weight and more portable.

If there was 15inch laptop that weights similar to 13inch laptop i cant find a reason why people wont buy it.you may say size is more imp as smaller size is more useful in constraint space but in practice i have always found that if there was space sufficient to use 13inch then there was always sufficient space for 15inch.

people go to 15inch laptops or higher coz they need bigger size screen and bit more power than say 13inch.but people choosing 15inches ll always look for lightweight laptop they could find and there isnt any laptop that is less than 4lb for 15inches but if there was one people ll buy it and i can see this coming when ivy bridge rolls out.

dell already is releasing 15inch XPS that is slim and light weight but wont be comparable to MBA.:D but nevertheless its a start;)

light weight 15inch laptops has plenty of future:D.it may not start with 15MBA though:cool:

Blues003
May 13, 2011, 09:04 AM
If it had a dedicated GPU I'd consider it.

guada54
May 13, 2011, 09:56 AM
I would definitely buy it.

You should consider the fact that the MBAs are replacing notebooks. They arent meant to be netbooks. So a 15" MBA is obvious and awesome.

ccolaco
May 13, 2011, 10:02 AM
The whole idea about a "portable" computer is based on SIZE and WEIGHT. A 15" MBA would only weigh less than other 15" laptops. The size would be more or less identical.

I see no reason why Apple would make a 15" MBA, therefore would obviously never buy one. If I just wanted a laptop with power and that isn't a brick to carry around I'd go with a 13" or 15 MBP. If i want some strictly for portable computing, I'll go with my current 11' MBA. The 13" MBA also makes sense but anything bigger defeats the purpose.

Also with the resolution both the 11" and the 13" are capable of now, I don't see any other reason to go for a 15" unless you absolutely need that size + higher res option. Just increase the font/icon sizes if its hard on your eyes :)

ccolaco
May 13, 2011, 10:05 AM
I would definitely buy it.

You should consider the fact that the MBAs are replacing notebooks. They arent meant to be netbooks. So a 15" MBA is obvious and awesome.

Your right in that MBAs are not netbooks, they are notebooks. You wrong in that they are replacing ALL notebooks. They are replacing potential netbook buyers and some 13" notebook buyers. There are still plenty of people who will always need the extra beef in a 15" or 17" laptop (photographers, videographers etc) for on the go work. Though I'd still argue that the MBA is finding a home in a lot of photographers workflow now.

If anything, the iPad is replacing the whole "idea" of a notebook these days...

entatlrg
May 13, 2011, 10:07 AM
It's about mobile screen real estate, the 15 or 17" offer more obviously, some people like that.

Just because you think it's a bad idea, doesn't mean it is, many people would like the option, so be it.

ccolaco
May 13, 2011, 10:10 AM
It's about mobile screen real estate, the 15 or 17" offer more obviously, some people like that.

Just because you think it's a bad idea, doesn't mean it is, many people would like the option, so be it.

Not sure if this is a reply to me or not but I never said it was a bad idea. I just said I don't see why Apple would do it. The title of the thread is "If Apple released a 15" MBA, would you buy it?". My answer is: I don't think Apple will make a 15" MBA (for the reasons stated above) and therefore would not buy one.

rhinosrcool
May 13, 2011, 10:20 AM
It would have been nice to have 12" mba and a 14" mba. With these, the mba's would have a little more screen height. Also, the 14" would have been more of a differentiation from the mbp.

Obi Wan Kenobi
May 13, 2011, 10:51 AM
MBAs are about being ultra-portable. That means light and small. A 15 inch MBA is just too big.

marshallbedsaul
May 13, 2011, 05:44 PM
Coming from a 15'' and a 13'' pro I would find it useless to have a 15'' air. I find the 13'' perfect for everything I need. I know I do not need anything extra or a size increase.

Dr McKay
May 13, 2011, 05:59 PM
15"MBA- Possible? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1131336)
Will Apple make a 15 inch Air? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1103290)
15 inches MacBook Air ? with OLED ? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1039352)

None of those answer his question, he wanted to know if we'd buy one, not "Will Apple make a 15" MBA"


i've never understood why people buy 15" laptops. I mean if they really think they need that much screen....but who does? laptops are supposed to be portable, I know that I don't want to be dragging around the extra weight.

17" Laptop here :D

NutsNGum
May 13, 2011, 06:19 PM
I'd buy it at the drop of a hat. What a great idea! I love my 15" mbp, but I'd ditch it in a heartbeat for a 15" Air!

hotcocoa
May 13, 2011, 06:52 PM
It seems that the 15" MBA is somewhat controversial. Some people think it would be great, while others argue that given the size of a 15" MBA it would hardly justify the air name.

What is not so controversial is the idea that Apple will eventually drop the optical drive from their laptop. So what would a 15" MBP without an optical drive look like? Obviously a lot of room could be saved, so what might Apple want to do with the space? How about make the machines thinner and lighter? Definitely. What about longer battery life? Probably. What about adding an SSD+HD? Maybe. What if instead they go SSD-only and save the space of both drives?

I think people at Apple would love to see a machine like that. I think the biggest question is whether or not the machine will be called a MBA and how soon we will see it.

The calculus at Apple is whether the current MBP laptop market would tolerate machines without optical drives (and perhaps without rotational HDs as well). If the answer is yes, then I believe they will soon release a 15" MBP that is, for all practical purposes, a 15" MBA. If the answer is no, then Apple could decide to keep the current MBP line relatively unchanged and release a 15" MBA. However this approach has one significant problem.

Releasing a 15" MBA alongside a relatively unchanged 15" MBP would create two products with significant overlap. One of the keys to Apple's success is their ability to create well-delineated product lines. Delineated product lines avoid a potential customer from feeling overwhelmed by too many choices. Apple may choose not to release a 15" MBA simply to avoid customer confusion.

With all that would I want a 15" MBA (or a similar in concept MBP 15")?
YES!

iRun26.2
May 13, 2011, 09:54 PM
I think what would make a 15" MBA successful is an edge to edge screen. If Apple (sometime in the future) were able to get a 15" laptop screen that would fit in the body of the current 13.3" MBA I think it would be a big hit (and a lot of the people here saying they'd never buy it... would actually consider it).

(And it would not be cheap)

iRun26.2
May 13, 2011, 09:56 PM
It would be really cool to have a MBA with 1680x1050 pixels, be it 13" or 15".

So my answer to the question is 'Aye'.

I want that in the 11.6" model.

(I hate the way I can still see the pixels)

kholman128
May 13, 2011, 10:26 PM
No! Why would the question even be considered.
Maybe a lighter thinner Macbook Pro!

kholman128
May 13, 2011, 10:29 PM
Or how about a 11.5" Air with a Retina Display?????????
320Gig SSD
8 Gigs Ram
SD Card Slot
Backlit Keyboard
$999.99

torbjoern
May 15, 2011, 02:06 AM
Or how about a 11.5" Air with a Retina Display?????????
320Gig SSD
8 Gigs Ram
SD Card Slot
Backlit Keyboard
$999.99

Yes, how about it? Awesome, eh?

KohPhiPhi
May 15, 2011, 12:32 PM
No I wouldnt. MBAs are all about ultra-portability, and 15" is too large for that. Heck, the current 13.3" is borderline already!

AWallen90
May 15, 2011, 12:34 PM
I couldn't afford it but I would want it.

Battery life would probably be terrible.

Psilocybin
May 15, 2011, 12:37 PM
they wont and no i would not buy it

Help Please
May 15, 2011, 05:44 PM
Yes...but like many have others said, 15" is pushing the line of 'ultra-portable'. However, if Apple could make a 15" Air, I would hope for:

-High-Res Screen option / standard.
-Discrete GPU.
-More ports (e.g. Thunderbolt).
-3.5 pounds, give or take.
-HD Webcam.
-Backlit keyboard.

If Apple included all of that, I wouldn't mind dropping $2,000 on one.

ccolaco
May 15, 2011, 06:11 PM
It also just does not make sense from a value stand point either. Consider the following:

11" MBA Base model: $999
13" MBA Base model: $1299

15" MBA Base model: $1599??

13" MBP Base model: $1199
15" MBP Base model: $1799

Considering the difference b/w an 11" & 13" MBA is $300, and with any added specs/features aside, its safe to say a potential 15" MBA would cost around $1599.

And if you consider the current specs of the 11" & 13" MBA, the specs on the 15" MBA would be more or less the same, maybe a faster proc.

Therefore, if you add $200 more, you get a much more powerful (Core i7 Quad Core) 15" MPB. Or, subtract $100 and you get a more powerful (Core i7 Dual Core) 13" MBP (Highest end model).

I really do not see the point in spending $1599 (potentially) when a little more or even a little less can get you much more power, just in a heavier/thicker package (which is still a lot lighter and thinner than most windows laptops).

appleguy123
May 15, 2011, 06:51 PM
I'd buy a 17" one before the 15" one. Especially if it would weigh 4.5 pounds and have at least 12 hours of battery life.

funkboy
May 19, 2011, 05:58 AM
There are a LOT of things in the world that have been around for a very long time that are designed around holding office-sized sheets of paper, or holding things that hold them. Not just notebooks (in the paper sense of the term) & briefcases, but vehicle/aircraft pouches, mailing envelopes, post boxes, storage containers, etc. It is an approximate dimension that humans have been comfortable working with since the invention of the printing press.

The point of the Macbook Air is to be about the same size (& as close to the weight as possible) as these traditional objects that the world has used for doing business for centuries. The 13" Air pushes the limit of this definition but it does fit well enough, & the 11" Air fits it perfectly. The display size of the Air may eventually get bigger if thinner/stronger panels become available, but I strongly believe that the current 13" form factor (& price) is the limit.

BTW this is also part of the reason that Apple has shunned making a 7" tablet...

gpat
May 20, 2011, 05:19 AM
My realistic lineup prevision:

11": i5 1.4 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, HD3000, 768p, 999€
11": i7 1.5 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, HD3000, 768p, 1199€
13": i7 1.5 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, HD3000, 900p, 1399€
13": i7 1.6 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HD3000, 900p, 1599€
15": i7 2.1 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HD3000, 1050p, 1799€
15": i7 2.3 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HD3000, 1050p, 1999€

€/$ stays pretty much the same. 17W on 11"/13" for 6/10hrs battery life, 25W on 15", still 10hrs (12?) because of bigger battery allowing also 2 ram slots maxing out at 8gb on BTO and 512gb for more flash memory modules. Also, getting the base 15" air at the same price of the 15" pro with stock SSD and higher res screen must be important for apple, as they still make higher profit margins from Air.

iRun26.2
May 20, 2011, 06:47 AM
My realistic lineup prevision:

11": i5 1.4 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, HD3000, 768p, 999€
11": i7 1.5 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, HD3000, 768p, 1199€
13": i7 1.5 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, HD3000, 900p, 1399€
13": i7 1.6 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HD3000, 900p, 1599€
15": i7 2.1 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HD3000, 1050p, 1799€
15": i7 2.3 GHZ, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HD3000, 1050p, 1999€

€/$ stays pretty much the same. 17W on 11"/13" for 6/10hrs battery life, 25W on 15", still 10hrs (12?) because of bigger battery allowing also 2 ram slots maxing out at 8gb on BTO and 512gb for more flash memory modules. Also, getting the base 15" air at the same price of the 15" pro with stock SSD and higher res screen must be important for apple, as they still make higher profit margins from Air.

In my mind, if a 15" MBA was to be released soon, we would have heard it mentioned in the most recent rumor about the new MBA models shipping in May / June.

harami
May 20, 2011, 08:18 AM
In my mind, if a 15" MBA was to be released soon, we would have heard it mentioned in the most recent rumor about the new MBA models shipping in May / June.

Heck ya....i work on atleast 2 word documents, +/- a pdf file and papers.app...13 inch is kind of small with spaces, and 17 too big( plus my levenger bag is made for a 15 incher). Also it would be impossible to carry a 21 inch screen everywhere i go, and some of us do not have a luxury of office and at home there are those kids who wont let you do squat.....
so a thin light 15 incher ultraportable that does not weight 5 million pounds....

this is mrs Floyd calling mr Floyd. will u accept changes from the US of A....
beam me up Steve

cirus
May 20, 2011, 07:54 PM
Or how about a 11.5" Air with a Retina Display?????????
320Gig SSD
8 Gigs Ram
SD Card Slot
Backlit Keyboard
$999.99

Maybe in several years. A 300 GB SSD costs ~$560 right now so keep on dreaming. Not to mention processor, RAM, screen (retina display), other parts (etc.). Plus apple tax.

15 inches would kind of defeat the point of having an ultra portable computer. I've always found that in determining portability size > weight and 15 inches is quite big.

gpat
May 21, 2011, 03:38 AM
Maybe in several years. A 300 GB SSD costs ~$560 right now so keep on dreaming. Not to mention processor, RAM, screen (retina display), other parts (etc.). Plus apple tax.

15 inches would kind of defeat the point of having an ultra portable computer. I've always found that in determining portability size > weight and 15 inches is quite big.

If you are going to carry your computer in a briefcase together with your other stuff, actual volume will be more important than footprint, and a 15" air will be more portable than a 13" pro. Factors like a longer battery life (no power brick to carry) and actually getting a 1050p screen estate in a <2kg machine matters a lot. Sure, it will be less portable than the 13" air, but then again, the 11" air is even more portable, but both are selling well, and the extra space in the case would allow for a bigger battery, more flash modules for RAM and SSD, etc. while having amazing resolution in a light package. These are exactly the selling points of the 13" over the 11", and there is a crowd out there asking for more.

Hey Jude
May 21, 2011, 06:12 PM
I already have a 15" MBP, and I purchased the MBA for its portability so a 15" MBA would be far too large for my needs. I would, however, purchase a more powerful 11" if Apple ever releases one.

chris2k5
May 22, 2011, 03:57 PM
I personally think it ruins the purpose of a Macbook Air's portability just like the 13" is too big BUT...I am sure there is a big market for the 15" MBA though.

I would try it out at the Apple Store before buying though for sure.

gb1631
May 22, 2011, 04:31 PM
No!

ntrigue
May 22, 2011, 04:39 PM
I would purchase the thinner 15" MacBook Pro but they will not produce a third screen size in the Air lineup.

iRun26.2
May 22, 2011, 09:08 PM
I already have a 15" MBP, and I purchased the MBA for its portability so a 15" MBA would be far too large for my needs. I would, however, purchase a more powerful 11" if Apple ever releases one.

Agreed!

If Apple could put together a 11.6" MBA with much better specs, I would purchase it immediately (cost not being an issue for me).

Repo
May 22, 2011, 09:12 PM
I'll buy a 27" MBA.

Applepi
May 22, 2011, 09:14 PM
Yes, I'd be all about this.

Bakari45
May 22, 2011, 10:21 PM
Nope, don’t think so. It would feel like a step backwards. When I need a large screen, I hop onto my desktop. When I want to portability, I use the my 11” Air.

rrl
May 22, 2011, 10:38 PM
I'll buy a 27" MBA.

Thanks for the laugh.

ecib
May 23, 2011, 03:04 PM
I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts on a 15" MBA is (whether or not Apple may release it, and if you'd be interested in buying one).

Guess I'd have to hold it and lift it. I'm all about the lightweight and portability. 15" is starting to get to the size where I'd just as soon go with a MPB.

kit l
Sep 5, 2011, 05:36 AM
I am working on a MBP 15" right now, even though I have an i7 11" MBA. Why? I am processing images (via firewire 800) and ripping a DVD at the same time.

As well, I have started developing user's group software for sites, so the 15" screen real estate is essential, as is the power (mine's a quad-core i7, max RAM, etc) for all the things you can do at the same time while writing/thinking/mind-mapping.

And I have been finding that running two computers (even with MobileMe, soon to end—galleries: RIP) and keeping them synced is a PITA, frankly. For the sites I administer, 20+ passwords, for one.

I need a MBA that has a 15" screen, quad cores, 8+ hours battery life, and connection technology; right now Thunderbolt is a concept, for a road warrior. I want super fast SSDs as storage (I edit video as well) and I have to be able to carry it all on board—this requires light weight.

Would I buy a 15" MBA (assuming enough power)? Definitely.

mrwonkers
Sep 5, 2011, 05:38 AM
I'd only consider purchasing if it came in "Zune Brown"

yusukeaoki
Sep 5, 2011, 05:45 AM
If it became a 15in that ruins the whole purpose of AIR which is portability.
I would say MBP might become like that in the near future but not Air.

Typswif2fingers
Sep 5, 2011, 05:55 AM
My ideal would be same size as the 13inch model but with a razor thin bezel (read: edge-to-edge screen) so that it has a 15inch screen! Best of both :cool:

Adam

Indeed.

KohPhiPhi
Sep 5, 2011, 08:23 AM
I wouldn't buy a 15" MBA because you give up on the main point of MBAs: portability. 15" is too big (regardless of weight) to toss it into any portable carry bag.

What I would LOVE to see is a thinner bezel. I mean, look at the MBP 17": the bezel is really thin, and we need something like that on the MBAs.

I'm sure they could squeeze an extra screen inch from both the 11" and 13" (effectively making them 12" and 14") if they managed to reduce the thickness of the bezel.

A 1600x1050 14" screen (keeping the 13" MBA's overall size) would be the ultimate mobile powerhouse and I'd be totally willing to pay $2,000 for it. Furthermore, a 1400x1050 12" screen (keeping the 11" MBA's overall size) would be equally amazing!

Adidas Addict
Sep 5, 2011, 09:20 AM
If they took a leaf out of Samsung Series 7 book then yes. Hell they could just about fit a 15" Display in the current 13.3" chassis with the size of the bezel.

VMMan
Sep 5, 2011, 12:36 PM
I'm hoping for a 17" MBA.

phyzics101
Sep 5, 2011, 01:13 PM
I need this in my life.

jltj
Sep 5, 2011, 02:17 PM
For my general computing needs, I will never buy a portable that is > 13". 13 is the perfect size for me when balancing functionality and portability...Of course, like others have said, if they can fit a larger screen into the 11" body and a longer lasting battery, I'd jump at it!

Asia8
Sep 12, 2011, 02:12 AM
I'd love a 15" Air, I'm sure they didn't name the MBA after the size of air.
I'd love a mac with a built in numpad. I use my laptops on long trips usually by train, often 30-40 hours. At my destinations I often give presentations which is difficult on lower sized screens.

My current laptop weighs way too much and puts strain on my back in my backpack with the rest of my gear. A 15" air would be wonderful.

Air by nature has a low weight and is usually seen as one huge whole.

henrikrox
Sep 12, 2011, 06:15 AM
if apple made a smaller bezel, would not that also make the keyboard smaller?

alecgold
Sep 12, 2011, 07:07 AM
Or how about a 11.5" Air with a Retina Display?????????
320Gig SSD
8 Gigs Ram
SD Card Slot
Backlit Keyboard
$999.99

Other manufacturers can't even make an equivalent of a MBA for the 999 price point, so I would like to see an 11" retina, but I think the 999 price point won't be achieved.

OT, the 15" would defeat it's biggest purpose in life: good specs in a small, thin, lightweight case!

minnus
Sep 12, 2011, 10:15 AM
Only if it folds into the form factor of the 11".

Lagmonster
Sep 12, 2011, 10:17 AM
Before I bought my MBA 13" I thought I wanted an MBA 15". Now that I have had it for some time, I am very happy with the 13". I don't think I need the 15"

fizzwinkus
Sep 12, 2011, 02:24 PM
a 15" air is what i hope to replace my current setup with.
(mac pro + 11" air)

dlimes13
Sep 12, 2011, 10:07 PM
If I could change the RAM and have a traditional SSD/HDD, yes. Otherwise, MBP all the way.

Chipg
Sep 12, 2011, 11:32 PM
I'd kill for a 15" Air with more battery, 8 gig ram. gps chip and 3g or 4g built in like the iPad and 1920x1080 resolution. I'd pay $$3k for it no questions asked.

ThomasBoss
Sep 13, 2011, 12:02 AM
I would like one, yes..but I do not have the money to buy everything Steve Jobs tells me to buy lol

Brandon0448
Sep 13, 2011, 12:24 AM
I think lion makes amazing use of the 13" screen, to make even more use of the screen I set the dock to auto hide and really love the extra real estate. I think a 15" air would be unnecessarily large. It would take away from the appeal of the Air, but I can see how it would appeal to some.

rotorblade69
Sep 13, 2011, 12:57 AM
If apple built a 15" MBP Air yeah I'd buy it.

But the problem with aired or airish is what do you mean.

Air - Not as powerful processor as in a 13" MBP minuscule graphics capability (New Air's), Loose Optical, Fewer Ports. Basically Weight savings as a major design feature sacrificing some things say a 13MBP has.

Air (Aired, Airish, Airized, Airedout) - Same basic design parameters. Loose Optical, few ports gone due to case design, but overall maintaining full features of a MBP. Full up processor and one real graphics card (Dump the stupid intel integrated graphics) at levels that are found in that class of notebook.

Say 4 pounds and glossy display (Dont really care for anti-glare bezel look), 2 usb, firewire800, Thunderbolt, Audio line in, Audio line out, SDXC card slot. Also a 128 GB SSD and a 500 GB 7200 HDD.
DO this and I will Buy.

richpjr
Sep 13, 2011, 01:28 AM
As others have posted, if they could eliminate most of the bezel and keep it approximately the same size as the 13", than I'd look long and hard at it. I just think the 13" is the perfect size and weight right now.

sexytabitha
Sep 13, 2011, 02:11 AM
i just keep a 27 inch monitor in my bag just in case :D

cheesymogul
Sep 13, 2011, 03:42 AM
Nope.
IMHO laptops cannot be ultra-portable enough and desktops cannot be powerful and expandable enough.
Therefore the Macbook Air 11" plus a Mac Pro tower currently represent the perfect combination for my purposes.
Never had any use for iMacs nor Macbooks above 13".

But if I were restricted to one computer only, I would probably pick a 15" MBP or 15" Air.

DieterRams
Sep 14, 2011, 12:57 PM
I definitely would. Because it would likely have the same resolution as a 17" MBP, seeing as how the 11" MBA is already in the same range as the 13" MBP and the 13" MBA has the same resolution as the 15" MBP.

Eventually, Apple will fold the entire notebook line into 11", 13", and 15". With all of these models in the same Air design. No more 17" since the 15" already has its resolution. That's how I might see things happen. Question is, what will they name them? I'm thinking they'll be designated as Pros rather than Airs, so the Air name will be retired.

Otherwise, they'll stay with the separation of Air and Pro, with the 15" Air-like model branded as an Air since it matches that one most. And the Pros will likely get a redesign either way so if they're not to be turned completely into Airs, they'll at least be half as thick as they are now. Possibly because the Pro designation still requires more ports and internal room for components that the Air lacks.

vitzr
Sep 14, 2011, 01:49 PM
Absolutely!

I've already set the cash aside, now it's just a matter of time. I know they will do it.

It's obvious there will be a demand in this "Post PC Era of Apples".

Pipper99
Sep 14, 2011, 04:15 PM
I'd love a 27" iMac Air. :D

Dornblaser
Sep 14, 2011, 05:17 PM
No, a 15" will be the new the MBP.

Cheffy Dave
Sep 14, 2011, 05:42 PM
That said, a larger size could allow for a real graphics card, a major Quad Core chip, and a 512 GB SSD, even could spell the end for the MBP,if suitably equipped, cus I can see the death knell for the 17 MBP. I'd really like to know how many 17"MBP they actually sell.
If it's not a world shaking number,I see the 15" being thinned down to MBA territory, and the 17" Discontinued, leaving us with a 11",13", and 15",IMHO:eek::cool::apple:

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Then the 17 inch ar rumors can start:rolleyes: I would get if the price compared to the 13 inch.

I don't believe it has the profit numbers:apple:

Cheffy Dave
Sep 14, 2011, 07:04 PM
That said, a larger size could allow for a real graphics card, a major Quad Core chip, and a 512 GB SSD, even could spell the end for the MBP,if suitably equipped, cus I can see the death knell for the 17 MBP. I'd really like to know how many 17"MBP they actually sell.
If it's not a world shaking number,I see the 15" being thinned down to MBA territory, and the 17" Discontinued, leaving us with a 11",13", and 15",IMHO:eek::cool::apple:

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I don't believe it has the profit numbers:apple:
Me either,anybody have sales stats?

KohPhiPhi
Sep 15, 2011, 11:12 AM
I don't think they'd ditch the 17" MBP. It's a popular machine among professionals (graph, music, flash, programmers, etc).

risc
Sep 16, 2011, 04:46 AM
No, when it comes to notebooks I want the smallest machine possible. The 11" Air is the best machine for me, I just wish it had better video but I'll do without it for the size.