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Retina Macbook Air [ Will it happen on 2013? ]

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jpangeles1581, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Title says it all. Dunno whether to buy now or wait for it in June, imagine haswell with retina. Pretty sweet.
  2. macrumors newbie

    Hope it will be available soon
  3. macrumors newbie

    Hope :]
  4. macrumors 6502

    Yeah, and I hope they wouldn't charge $1499 for a base model eleven inch with 64 gigabyte ssd.:p that will be too funny.
  5. macrumors 65816


    If you're expecting a 13" MB retina in a macbook air body, just expect the price to be unreasonable.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Im expecting 1,500$ for the 13inch base more likely with 256gb but probable of 128gb since the ssd price has been really going down.
  7. macrumors 6502

    If that's really the case, those that bought the base model thirteen pro retina will feel a bit shafted. Lol
  8. macrumors newbie

    I think the 1,699 for 13" retina mbp is just too overpriced, just like when ps3 was released.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Since the MB-air seems to be about 1.5-2 years behind on a performance level, I would guess that it should be released next christmas :)
  10. macrumors newbie

    What do you mean behind on performance level, doesnt it get an update every year?
  11. macrumors regular

    Probably won't happen for the price point and battery life's sake. Also the IGP in Intel's ULV-processors don't necessarily perform as well as their standard voltage alternatives, leaving GPU performance a valid question before going "retina".

    What they might do is move to IPS. And hopefully a bigger SSD will be available at a lower price.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Whats the advantage of IPS from the 2012 mba?
  13. macrumors 68030


    Here's how I see it:

    The last MBA was released in June 2012.

    MBA will likely not get a retina display before the release of Haswell. And ULV Haswell may only happen in Q3 2013. Haswell will have the advantage of being much more power efficient than Ivy Bridge, even at the same TDP. In addition, the MBA may get the new Sharp IGZO displays, which will allow them to be thinner and more power efficient.

    So, I see the MBA being refreshed in Q1 2013 (just a spec bump) to get the next version of Ivy Bridge, or not being refreshed at all.

    Then, the MBA will get a redesign in Q3/Q4 2013, and it will feature a Haswell processor (perhaps the 10W ULV version) and will carry a retina IPS IGZO display. It will be even thinner and lighter than the current version, and significantly less powerful than the rMBP, which will be the reason for it to be cheaper.


    Not really. Other manufacturers will start making their own ultrabooks with ultra-high resolution displays, and Apple will have to keep up with that, and offer a compatible price.
  14. macrumors newbie

    May i know when did the macbook air got the refresh before the Mid 2012??
  15. macrumors 6502

    Ah yes, I meant that the current air has a slightly better gpu and better cpu than a 2010 MBP, so it's roughly 1.5-2 years behind :)
  16. macrumors regular

    July 2011, on the same day that OS X Lion came out. MBA has been on an annual summer refresh cycle since the introduction of the current body style in 2010.
  17. macrumors 68000


    We are already there:

  18. macrumors 6502a

    View 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  19. macrumors 6502

    It already has a Hi-Res display. What do you people want !?! :confused:
  20. macrumors 6502

  21. macrumors 68000


    That is like saying the 2011 already had a fast SSD so why do you need a faster SSD? Technology. It advances and improves. That is why.
  22. macrumors 6502

    That is not a significant jump in resolution. Also, notice the review actually says "it's a bit squinty for my eyes" ..

    Also that review is funny to me, it's basically saying if you want a Macbook Air but are over 40 and are convinced that you need windows, and for some reason don't want to get an MBA and install Windows on it, this is the laptop that you have been waiting 3 long years for. Except it's also a lot more money than an MBA and made out of plastic, and several months later to market. With a way worse SSD.

    I mean, come on. I can't believe you actually referenced that lol
  23. macrumors member

    Not any time soon

    I dont really think the MBA will get retina till late 2014 simply because it would need total reengineering like they did with the rMBP and the actual screen thinness of the rMBP it is thicker than the MBA. So therefore it will take to much money into the research and to be honest with you its not even worth it to have retina on a air you would need a power house to benefit from a retina i mean with the features on the air is not sufficient to do any thing intense but on the pro you and do intense work e.g. programming photoshop.:apple:
  24. macrumors 6502

    That's speed-talk. I'm just trying to say that people are having expectations that are way to high. I'm loving the display on my air, very low glare and high-res. For my usage I don't need a "retina".

    If you don't want to see pixels, get your eyes off the screen and sit back 30cm.

    And for those that REALY need the extremely high resolution, ok, you deserve a "retina" display. But that's maybe 3-5% of all the users?
  25. syd430, Dec 12, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 12, 2012


    I'd rather a faster CPU and larger SSD for the same price. 1440x900 is sufficient for productivity. Retina introduces a whole host of new problems, and the value just isn't there on non-touch devices at this stage.

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