I woke up this morning suddenly excited at the thought of the next MBA. My current 2012 one is nigh on perfect but there are some changes that would certainly make me swap it for a 2013 model. So what configuration would you need to see to take the plunge? You define what's realistic Me: Battery battery battery. It's the only bottleneck I hit on a regular basis. According to Intel, Haswell is going to make the biggest "generation to generation" gain on battery life. The spec that would make me buy the 2013 11 inch version: Intel Haswell CPU/GPU - whatever the fastest is, would speed up encodes that bit more 8GB RAM (I have no need for more) 512GB SSD (An upgrade from my current 256 would be welcomed, no need to juggle between external storage anymore) 7 Hour battery (upgraded from 5) - I ALWAYS zero the current battery and imagine I have the world record on cycle count for the 2012 model IPS Screen if possible, if not a bump in screen res - can't imagine Retina without a big battery hit Thinner bezel - would love to see this 802.11 ac wifi - faster, longer range Magsafe 3 - I don't like Magsafe 2's vertical plane flimsiness at all Bonus - Black Aluminium - would look very sleek imo Seeing it written down, I can't see any huge improvement functionally over my current one. But if the battery were significantly increased, that alone would justify the upgrade to me.