2012 rPro or 2013 Air?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by musicnut90, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    I have a 2008 unibody macbook and am looking to upgrade. I'm deciding between the refurbished 13" 2012 retina pro 2.5ghz i5, 8gb RAM, 128gb HD, or new haswell 13" air with 8gb ram and 128gb hd. I'd like to know if anyone has any ideas of what sorts of tasks the pro (I assume it's more powerful) can handle which the air will have trouble with?

    Thanks in advance, and sorry if this is in the wrong forum.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2013
    Final cut pro (video editing), logic pro (music editing), aperture (photo editing), and the various adobe suites are generally meant to be optimized for the macbook pro, although the air can handle them it will do so at a lower resolution and with slower abilities due to the lack of cpu power. The air is essentially the modern day macbook, if your macbook was good enough that it handled all of your tasks, the air is perfectly fine.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2010
    2013 Air unless you need it for heavy duty apps as mentioned by previous poster.

    Otherwise, 2013 MBA is better for day-to-day use (longer battery life, faster SSD, etc.).
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    None. The i7 MBA may well outperform the rMBP you mention.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2009
    If you're comparing 13" models, the only notable difference between the two models is the screen. In terms of heavy cpu lifting/gpu stuff, both models will not be sufficient if you're using it professionally (or you're a "power" consumer or something). If you like the screen and don't mind paying the premium, just get the rMBP. If you want the battery life, get the Air. If you want the power but still want portability, you'll have to get a 15" rMBP.

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