Most wanted innovation for MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by blabliblu, Apr 6, 2013.


What's your most wanted innovation for next MBAs ?

  1. Eye/Gesture tracker iSight (screen auto-dimm, air gesture, eye command, focus, games...)

    2 vote(s)
  2. 3G/4G antenna/slot

    57 vote(s)
  3. Wifi 802.11 abc standard

    20 vote(s)
  4. Larger tactile and pen-friendly trackpad

    3 vote(s)
  5. E-ink keyboard (with changing/custom key symbols)

    7 vote(s)
  6. New, way lighter materials and body

    31 vote(s)
  7. Auto connecting/disconnecting Magsafe magnet

    2 vote(s)
  8. NFC/Micro-wireless chip to connect devices/cards/items (data, cut-copy, contacts, music etc...)

    4 vote(s)
  9. Other (explain in comments)

    48 vote(s)
  1. blabliblu, Apr 6, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013

    macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Imagine a world where Steve Jobs would still be alive
    Imagine a world where consumers were smart and fanboys didn't exist.

    In short : Imagine a world where Apple was still innovating.

    What would be the first thing or the top order of innovations you would like to see in a Macbook Air?

    There's a poll of most current and wanted propositions but you can add yours.

    [UPDATE] As you know you can't edit a poll so here are the most wanted "Other" features (by the way I'm talking about new/innovative feature, not update or spec bumps)
    - Thinner Bezel
    - Touch Screen
    - Hybrid Screen (detachable like a Tablet)
    - Wireless charging
    - New battery technology
  2. macrumors 68000

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Nothing on your list would interest me or cause me to upgrade from my 2011 MBA. All I would want in the next model would be a faster processor, more RAM and a bigger SSD. The 2012 models have already provided this, so the other thing would be to just lower the cost.

    And if nobody is going to make any affordable Thunderbolt devices, maybe they should just go back to firewire? :p
  3. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    The battery life could be better, which is both a software and hardware issue. I don't think we've had any huge breakthroughs in battery technology.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
  5. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    None of the above, something more modest:

    Retina with HD5000. Same battery or better, same heat dissipation or even more efficient.

    Personally a 12.2" screen. Somehow that's the perfect compromise for me.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Vote: Other
    Comments: Who cares, it will be what it will be.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
  8. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    I want the mainboard and battery move behind a touch screen and make the keyboard detachable ... E voila: a Mac OS X Tablet.

    And I know: will not get it anytime soon
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    I want a Quad core...but its just on my wish list i know.
    In the meanwhile ,is anyone able to tell me which Gpu will next Air going to have?
    I see GT2,GT3,5100, many articles is written that that the better one will land just with quad core..and Air is not.
    I could agree with a dual core Air with 5100-5200 not with a 4200,4400,4600..
    i want something small and powerful with a decent Gpu.
    The 13 MacBook Pro isn't then the right one..not without a dedicated Gpu..not with a dual core still,
    so...maybe its all delayed for my wallet and me,to 2014,maybe with a real quad core in all the notebooks line,from Air to Pro,with the new Falcon Ridge Thunderbolt Ports.
    Am i dreaming too much?
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2012
    For Air's I would want better battery life and better material constructs including a better screen. If I needed more performance I would have went for the MBP.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2010
    I would like to see an IPS display and smaller bezel but definitely no retina to maintain good battery life and low temperature of the case, particularly at the bottom.
  12. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Even though I am already stunned at how light my MBA air, I selected it from the list of options. Perhaps a second TB port on it like on the MBPs but really I think that's all I would want different so far.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Battery life is not the greatest, but it hasn't been much of a problem for me, as I use it about 60-70% of the time on my desk, while plugged-in.

    My maxed-out 13" Air is a dream machine to use as it is, but if I had to come up with anything at all, my two wishes are Haswell and 802.11ac. If they could, with or without Retina, cram a 14" display in that 13" model, with a thinner bezel, without making it appreciably heavier, that would be icing on the cake!
  14. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2013
    The 5000 serie is the high end Intel HD card so it's unlikely we get it. It will probably be in the GT2 4000 serie
  15. macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2009
    HDMI would be nice but not necessary. From that list I went with 3G antenna.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
  17. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Haswell (and associated gains in battery life) and 128GB starting point in the 11".
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2012
    Stick a larger screen in the same chassis. Go from 11"->12" and 13->14" in the same footprint. Instant WIN.
  19. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Pre-results, people are looking forward too :

    1. 3G/4G antenna slot (clearly a business opportunity but not coming soon)
    2. Lighter material (which mean redisign, probably not coming until OSX 10.9 or 11)
    3. Wifi AC standard (very likely to be in a next update)

    Other interesting wanted feature I see a lot are

    1. Better, way better battery (needs new technology or engineering, so not coming soon)
    2. Smaller bezel (which means redesign as well)
    3. Different screen size (ie. redisign)
  20. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    hackintosh surface?
  21. macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2012
    Voted for WiFi upgrade, but a 4G antenna port is a close second.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2007
    Retina IPS + same or better battery life = no.1 'need'.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    Everything on the list, plus the moon on a stick!
  24. macrumors member


    Jan 9, 2013
    Wireless charging . This would make MBA a perfect mobile device.
  25. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    Call me stubborn but I would prefer a version with an Apple on it ...just less trouble and sure that upgrades go easy through. A MBT (Mac Book Tablet) would be just too good

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