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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:08 AM   #26
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If Apple is going to put a retina panel in a MacBook Air then they better have made significant leaps in battery and display tech. They cannot make the Air thicker for a bigger battery, they already have...it's a 13" rMBP... I don't know about this rumor. Little too good to be true.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:08 AM   #27
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:09 AM   #28
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Hope they dont introduce retina or a redesign... Bought my air 4 weeks ago... Dont want a new one making a show and making mine look out of date
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:09 AM   #29
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:10 AM   #30
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Won't the rMBP 13" and the rMBA 13" totally overlap each other? I mean, they'd be basically the same exact computer at like 95% of the components, and the thickness/weight difference is not that significant any more.

Shouldn't Apple merge those 2 products then?
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:10 AM   #31
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Bring it...

No need for a redesign, just bang-in a Retina display with a higher color gamut and I'll be a happy man
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:10 AM   #32
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...And get rid of that enormous bezel !
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:10 AM   #33
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As a current MB Air owner I'm curious about the battery life, because the only real concern that I have after more than a year of usage is a battery life, which is unfortunatelly not very impressive and I am afraid with a retina display we can hope the same battery life at best, which is not a good news, though the display itself would be a very welcome addition.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:10 AM   #34
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:11 AM   #35
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To the naysayers who say the retina macbook air can't happen without a discrete GPU: lets not forget that the Haswell chip has processing comparable (somewhat) to a 650M card:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6600/i...eforce-gt-650m

There's some nuances there, such as different SKUs of integrated GPU, but it's definitely all on the table.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:11 AM   #36
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Little typo: "Applw will likely" > "Apple will likely"
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:12 AM   #37
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...And get rid of that enormous bezel !
Yeah seriously, it looks terrible
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:14 AM   #38
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:15 AM   #39
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Apple's old refresh model/timeline has been shattered.

I don't see this as a bad thing at all. But those that have been adamant about timing their purchases and/or thinking that their new model will stay the "latest and greatest" for as long as they have will probably be frustrated. And a few will no doubt post here something along "money grab" or that they are pissed about a new model so soon after they just spent their money on X.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:16 AM   #40
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Call me crazy but the Air doesn't need retina or any of the performance hits when it comes to displaying that high of a resolution on a portable machine.

The pixel density is already good
True, but colour gamut and contrast could be greatly improved. It's a bit average in this department at hte moment
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:17 AM   #41
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Count me in if there is an 11.6" rMBA. I recently switched from an 11.6" MBA to a 13.3" rMBP, and while I like the screen, I do miss the portability of the MBA.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:17 AM   #42
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Redesign? YES! Retina? NO THANKS!

Not that the current MBA is ugly, but it is starting to look a bit aging... plus I'm ready to hop to the MBA from my late 2007 whitebook and I would like to hop on at the very beginning of a design, not the tail end...

I don't need retina on it though... too much of a power/battery hog to be worth it. That should remain a major differentiating feature between the pro and the air.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:17 AM   #43
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Dang....I've wanted an Air for a while and was content with waiting until Haswell given the substantial increase in graphics power it will supposedly bring.....but now a redesign and possibly retina???

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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:18 AM   #44
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If Apple is going to put a retina panel in a MacBook Air then they better have made significant leaps in battery and display tech. They cannot make the Air thicker for a bigger battery, they already have...it's a 13" rMBP... I don't know about this rumor. Little too good to be true.
Considering that Samsung has 13" notebooks that weigh 2.5 lbs, I think Apple could find a way to squeeze a bigger battery in there without increasing the weight significantly.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:18 AM   #45
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Call me crazy but the Air doesn't need retina or any of the performance hits when it comes to displaying that high of a resolution on a portable machine.

The pixel density is already good
Pixel density is ok, but small font sizes look jagged, and the overall colour saturation/gamut is poor in comparison to most Mac displays, it really needs updating. I can see this happening, Apple always find a way eventually.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:18 AM   #46
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Meh. I never liked the Air as much as the Pro anyways. Specs aren't as good, Pro is sexier
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:18 AM   #47
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Redesign? YES! Retina? NO THANKS!

Not that the current MBA is ugly, but it is starting to look a bit aging... plus I'm ready to hop to the MBA from my late 2007 whitebook and I would like to hop on at the very beginning of a design, not the tail end...

I don't need retina on it though... too much of a power/battery hog to be worth it. That should remain a major differentiating feature between the pro and the air.
Apple won't sacrifice battery life simply for retina.....it will likely keep the battery life it has now.....what product has gotten a retina screen and subsequently gotten worse battery life?
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:19 AM   #48
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Apple's old refresh model/timeline has been shattered.

I don't see this as a bad thing at all. But those that have been adamant about timing their purchases and/or thinking that their new model will stay the "latest and greatest" for as long as they have will probably be frustrated. And a few will no doubt post here something along "money grab" or that they are pissed about a new model so soon after they just spent their money on X.
http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#MacBook_Air

You can't really make that case for the Air.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:20 AM   #49
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:21 AM   #50
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