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nocommenttt
Mar 7, 2013, 09:01 AM
I have been a big fan of MBA since it came out, but never got one since my current laptop still works. But it's starting to wear out pretty seriously, so I've been contemplating getting a MBA. When I went to the store and played around with different models, I got really hooked on the display of rMBP. Looking after MBA's display after I looked at rMBP I felt like I was blind. But I don't really like or need a MBP, and I just love the portability of 11" MBA. Some rumor says 2013 MBA will have retina some says otherwise. I was just wondering what you guys think. Thank you!! Much appreciated.



phoenixsan
Mar 7, 2013, 09:21 AM
a complete redesign, seems to me not likely, based in processor power, screen manufacturing and GPU needed to drive/make the retina displays. But certainly Apple can prove me wrong and I will be happy so.


:):apple:

tdhurst
Mar 7, 2013, 10:13 AM
Possibly, but I also think it's doubtful.

The MBA already sacrifices a bit of battery life and GPU power to fit in the enclosure, and its specs seem to be about 2-3 cycles behind its sibling MBP.

I would think the iPad Mini would go retina first, then the MBA. So maybe 2014?

DisplacedMic
Mar 7, 2013, 11:20 AM
I have been a big fan of MBA since it came out, but never got one since my current laptop still works. But it's starting to wear out pretty seriously, so I've been contemplating getting a MBA. When I went to the store and played around with different models, I got really hooked on the display of rMBP. Looking after MBA's display after I looked at rMBP I felt like I was blind. But I don't really like or need a MBP, and I just love the portability of 11" MBA. Some rumor says 2013 MBA will have retina some says otherwise. I was just wondering what you guys think. Thank you!! Much appreciated.

i doubt it. maybe the 13 but i wouldn't think the 11 would.
remember that it was a while before the 13" rmbp became available....

Asia8
Mar 7, 2013, 10:35 PM
I don't think it's likely, it would eat too much power.

I personally would much prefer not having retina and keeping any extra battery time.

I would have probably bought the macbook pro retina if it came in a non-retina version with extended battery life.

nocommenttt
Mar 8, 2013, 12:22 PM
Many thanks, everyone.

Well one possibility is that the new MBA will come with Haswell, which focuses on the improvements of energy consumption. Do you guys think that the improvements would be large enough to offset the extra consumption of a 11" retina screen?

phoenixsan
Mar 8, 2013, 12:55 PM
but power comsuption is only one of the trifecta, IMO. Need better GPU and good manufacturing process for the Retina screens also.


:):apple:

alphaod
Mar 8, 2013, 07:18 PM
Why do you want a Retina display?

ThatJester
Mar 8, 2013, 08:53 PM
Why do you want a Retina display?

Because, speaking for myself, the current screen is pretty bad. I wouldn't say it's terrible but I do notice a significant difference compared to the IPS monitor I use at work. The black "fuzz" at the bottom is a major annoyance too... Not looking for something like a retina display in this thing but agree with the need for an update of some sort to the screen.

Sleepy01
Mar 8, 2013, 09:13 PM
It is 15 percent likely +/- 1 percent

bjm2660
Mar 8, 2013, 09:22 PM
You know what they say about watched pots not boiling? That they don't.

Sleepy01
Mar 8, 2013, 09:29 PM
You know what they say about watched pots not boiling? That they don't.

I proved that is not correct when I was a little kid

theuserjohnny
Mar 8, 2013, 11:42 PM
I would say 50/50

I honestly think they could make one right now but its just the battery preventing them from doing so. I mean look at the increase in size they did for the 13 and 15. That sort of increase would make the Air not an Air...

BluePhilG
Mar 9, 2013, 02:33 AM
There already is a Retina 13" MBA... But because of the size of the battery required its called a Macbook Pro :p

nocommenttt
Mar 13, 2013, 03:30 PM
Because, speaking for myself, the current screen is pretty bad. I wouldn't say it's terrible but I do notice a significant difference compared to the IPS monitor I use at work. The black "fuzz" at the bottom is a major annoyance too... Not looking for something like a retina display in this thing but agree with the need for an update of some sort to the screen.

Exactly. Plus the biggest thing(to me) is, just like between an iphone and an iPad, since the 11" MBA is smaller than the rest of the laptops, you tend to get closer, and the display would seem blurrier in comparison.