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Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:41 AM   #1
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So, what do you want to see in the 2013 Macbook Air?

My hopes:
Some kind of IPS-quality screen.
The new Haswell CPUs with the good version of the IGPU.

If these appear, I'll be selling my iPad in a flash.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:44 AM   #2
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I really would like to see the keyboard goes external and the MBA turns to a real tablet ... Of course Mac OS would need to get some "touch" functionality
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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I really would like to see the keyboard goes external and the MBA turns to a real tablet ... Of course Mac OS would need to get some "touch" functionality
Touch isn't happening, not in 2013. Maybe eventually, but not until Eddy Curry and Jony Ive have figured out a way to make it useful, and not just a gimmick. Remember, most Windows Ultrabooks and notebooks have awful trackpads. That's why touchscreens are marginally more useful on Windows 8 than OS X.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:50 AM   #4
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These threads are annoying, but I'll put my two cents in.

I'd like to see the Air take design cues from the Retina Pro and have a thinner-than-the-Retina chassis, but use the increased volume and fill it with more battery capacity.

I'd take a Haswell 11" MBA that is ~.7in all around that gets 9, 10, 11 hours of battery life over just about anything. Hell, have the battery cells mould under the logic board and such for extra awesome.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:10 PM   #5
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These threads are annoying, but I'll put my two cents in.

I'd like to see the Air take design cues from the Retina Pro and have a thinner-than-the-Retina chassis, but use the increased volume and fill it with more battery capacity.

I'd take a Haswell 11" MBA that is ~.7in all around that gets 9, 10, 11 hours of battery life over just about anything. Hell, have the battery cells mould under the logic board and such for extra awesome.
...yet you give the longest, most thought out response. Hmm.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:40 PM   #6
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...yet you give the longest, most thought out response. Hmm.
If I care enough to post about a complaint, I care enough to at least attempt to answer the thread.

Think of my post as complaint and eye-roll first, and the thoughtful comment as simply an extra
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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This is a tough one. What I want is different from what you want which is different from the next person. I want it thinner, some want it thicker, etc. whatever they end up doing, it'll make some happy, make some not so happy. But they will still sell like hotcakes.

For me, I don't want it thicker... If I wanted more battery life or better screen I'd just get the MBP? The purpose of the MBA is to be as thin and light as possible? Idk.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 09:12 PM   #8
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Better battery life and an IPS screen. I would be happy with just that, and I think it's reasonable to expect that with Haswell's alleged power efficiency improvements and the marginal chance we'll see "retina" screens on the Air this year.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 09:27 PM   #9
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Better battery life, better CPU and iGPU performance, 8Gb RAM std maybe a refresh in the design.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 07:22 AM   #10
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I'm waiting for the next release to replace my 11" 1.4

feeling it will not be retina - reserved for the pro line, but i would like to see a cheaper version of the air

11" 699 basic model 64GB SSD 1.8 ish CPU 4/8 GB
13" 849 128GB SSD Faster CPU 4/8 GB
13" 999 Faster CPU 256GB SSD 4/8 GB

Pro Line then with retina starts at 1149- 1249 with retina on all models and ram at 8GB +

my thoughts
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:00 AM   #11
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So, what do you want to see in the 2013 Macbook Air?
I'd like to see better battery life and 8GB RAM standard.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:54 AM   #12
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:00 AM   #13
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So, what do you want to see in the 2013 Macbook Air?
You may find some interesting posts here:

MacBook Air 2013
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Speculation: 2013 Haswell - Is this the next big thing for the Air?
2013 macbook air redesign
What to expect for the 2013 MBA?
Any chance 2013 Airs will get discrete graphics cards?
2013 Air to have Retina display?
Retina Macbook Air [ Will it happen on 2013? ]
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:02 AM   #14
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The only things I'd really like to see are maybe better battery life and a bit better screen? I'd keep the same screen for more battery life though.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 11:24 AM   #15
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Where would Macrumors be without completely redundant threads?

I want 10 hours battery life, an IPS screen and minimal fan noise or heat in the exact same form factor. Not happening, I know, but a guy can dream.

As to OP's assertion that this can replace an iPad, not a chance. I'm not looking for a slimmed down MBA, I'd rather have a beefed up iPad spec-wise. The iPad (mini's) form factor is just about perfect.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:56 PM   #16
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In my dream world:

A mix between the 13" screen size and the 11" portability. Say a 12" 1280x800 screen with very little bezel and great battery life (9+ hrs). And a 2nd thunderbolt port (so when I am plugged in and using one thunderbolt port I still have room for a bulky usb flash drive grrr.) I would gladly give up the wedge shaped form factor if the physical footprint of the machine were more compact.

Back to reality:

Just bought my first MBA and it is really nice. Maybe 1-2hrs more battery would be great. 8gb standard on the higher end model. Whatever screen tech is currently used in the regular MBPs (non-retina) so that the color gamut is the same although now that I have a color profile I like this is low priority to me.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:46 PM   #17
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Put the 13in screen in the 11in chassis and I'll buy it immediately.
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Put the 13in screen in the 11in chassis and I'll buy it immediately.
So would I, but I don't think this is likely anytime soon.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:14 AM   #19
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 04:41 AM   #20
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So, what do you want to see in the 2013 Macbook Air?
Same as in (almost) all laptops:
4:3 screen.
1280X960 in 11"
1440X1080 in 13"
(1600x1200 in 15" standard, 2000X1500 hi-res)

Better yet, the wizards at apple could come up with a way to allow a pivotable notebook screen

Think I'm crazy? Take a look at this:


Even with 16:10, there's a bunch of wasted space both left and right, whereas up&down would really need more space. The 16:9 screen of the 11" makes it a no-starter for me...

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The 16:9 screen of the 11" makes it a no-starter for me...
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:34 PM   #22
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Doubletap with 2 Fingers... You will be surprised :-)
How on earth will smart zoom (still software dependent, mind you) change the screen ratio?

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It wont, but you could easily zoom in if the input window is to small. This is my read of your problem. If I am wrong don't bother ignoring my advice. I use the zoom options whenever it comes in handy.
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