Retina MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iSomebody, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    When can we expect redesigned MBA with Retina display?
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    Let me just go ask Tim.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll make it easier for you :p https://twitter.com/tim_cook

    I wonder if rMBA is possible in 2013 or 2014...
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    they just refreshed the MBA for 2013, so there won't be a new model this year
     
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    I think the Air should definitely go retina with IPS display at 2.5 lbs as Sony has made significant improvements on their website including a TRILUMINOS diplay at 2.34 lbs.
     
  6. macrumors 68040

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    Why are people so averse to going with the Pro if they want Retina, and they simply want it on the Air? There's not much difference in weight between the 13-inch Air and Pro.
     
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    iAppl3Fan

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    If apple built a rMBA 13 it looks like the rMBP 13 today. Problem solved.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    If they added retina display for MBA, then that would make MBA a weaker version of rMBP at a lower price point, not sure if Apple will ever go for that.
     
  9. macrumors 68000

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    I don't think Apple has to - not until every other laptop does. Retina = high end for laptops.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    Except the 13" MBA has the same resolution as the cMBP 15". If 13" MBA went retina it would have same resolution as rMBP 15" but without dedicated GPU.
     
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    This is true. The MBA's have higher pixel densities than the non-high res cMBP's. If Apple doubled the MBA's pixel densities to make them retina they'd have higher pixel densities than the rMBP's.

    That display would be expensive and probably at this time, relatively low yield. They'd also be sharper than the rMBP displays. It would make for confusion amongst their model lines.

    So how will Apple make the MBA's retina? Decrease the resolutions by using the same pixel density displays as the current rMBP's? That seems like a step backwards. Not sure how this will play out.
     
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    serenesam

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    That's why the 13 Air needs to be 2.5 lbs which is 1 lb lighter than the 13 Pro.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    I don't care what display technology Apple uses as long as they put a decent display on the Air. My 2012 on one of the best general purpose laptops I've owned (except for the rotten display), and I've had quite a few MBA's / MBP's.

    Sadly Sony blows Apple in the weeds with much better displays. Apple can do it too, and that's what frustrates me. I am a very loyal Apple customer, that will not buy Sony or any other for that matter.

    Apple needs to take care of their loyal customers.
     
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    I personally will likely never go for the rMBP at the current price points without the ability to upgrade RAM or SSD space. I'll pay the price for a "throw-away" MBA. :rolleyes:
     
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    3lite

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    Retina isn't worth it (MBA or MBP) but that's just me.
     
  16. macrumors 68000

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    It's not rotten. Want to see a BAD display? Lenovo T430.
     
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    Not sure why people are still looking for this... how about an 11.6" version of the rMBP? Would that work?
     
  18. macrumors regular

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    The Vaio S-series panel was also crap.
     
  19. macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure that makes any sense. The rMBP has become just like the MBA, soldered parts and non-upgradeable. Why would you have no problem buying the MBA but not the rMBP?
     
  20. macrumors 6502a

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    If we see a thinner 13" retina Pro this October, it starts to get a little "Airish", so if the Air is to get a retina-like screen next year, I think the form of the Air is going to change in some way to become more distinguished from the Pro. I think they got something up their sleeves for the Air next year.
     
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    AXs

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    As many have said, the 13" Retina MBP is pretty much MBA with Retina display.
     
  22. macrumors member

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    I actually don't think that Apple would have a problem with doing this. I doubt most consumers would actually realize it since all marketing has to do is to say, "Look, we went from 1440x900 to 2560X1600!" and people won't realize that the retina scaled is actually just 1280x800.

    Of course I don't think the Air would get retina for at least a little while longer as they need differentiation between their product lines and for tech to improve to maintain the great battery life + portability that the Air is catered to.
     
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    serenesam

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    I wouldn't mind buying an Air if at the very least it had an IPS display like the IPAD Mini even if it isn't retina......but I still think it should be lighter.....
     

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