How likely will the 2013 11" MBA have Retina?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nocommenttt, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2013
    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.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    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.

  3. macrumors 68040


    Dec 27, 2003
    Portland, OR

    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?
  4. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    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....
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2011
    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.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2013
    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?
  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    but power comsuption is only one of the trifecta, IMO. Need better GPU and good manufacturing process for the Retina screens also.

  8. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    上海 (Shanghai)
    Why do you want a Retina display?
  9. macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2012
    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.
  10. macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2013
    It is 15 percent likely +/- 1 percent
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    You know what they say about watched pots not boiling? That they don't.
  12. macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2013
    I proved that is not correct when I was a little kid
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    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...
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2010
    There already is a Retina 13" MBA... But because of the size of the battery required its called a Macbook Pro :p
  15. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2013
    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.

Share This Page