Wait for MBA retina?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by oeap, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hey guys, I would like to seek some purchase advice from you guys.

    I currently having a iMac 24" (early 2008). I mainly use it for leisure, like browsing internet, itunes, iphotos and little bit of word processing.

    As the iMac is running a bit slow (reaching its 5th year) and I am pretty sick of sitting at the desk to use the computer during my leisure time, so I am considering to have a laptop so I can get rid of sitting at the desk for the whole day.

    Will probably get a MBA 13" (with upgrade to i7 and 8GB ram) and external hardisk would solve the storage issue.

    However, as I am not in an urgent needs of a new computer.

    Would it be better to wait for the next generation of MBA with retina display?
    Foreseeing a long wait?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    Honestly, I would not wait. A MBA retina would probably come at a $300+ premium. Also, Apple tends to disappoint us whenever we sit, wait, and wish for something that they end up not delivering. My guess is that if you bought now, you will not say "I wish I had waited." I never have, because the truth is their products aren't even as good as we imagine them up to be. Example: The current retina MBP. It's a nice machine, but it's by no means ideal. $2200. 4.5lbs. No thanks.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    I think Apple will create a new product line (Retina Macbook Air) just like they did with the Pros. They will not be the same price. If you are cool with paying more money for it, then wait. It won't be long, because people will be demanding it now that the Pro has it.

    Personally, if I want to read on a retina screen, I use my iPad. I don't see a whole lot of advantage to retina on an 11" screen. 13" maybe.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    I think Apple will introduce a 13" Retina MBP with a higher price tag ($1500+).

    The 11" and 13" Airs will most likely stay non-retina for another generation or two. Apple keeps pushing them as the entry level computers, even making them cheaper with the 2012 model. Putting in an expensive display wouldn't fit with that positioning.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    i totally understand the unnecessariness of having a retina display... it is just the technology trend...

    do u have any idea of the price increment for the new iPad with retina display?
  6. macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    i understand the want of being mobile...however your 2008 imac should not be running slow for what your doing...heck my old 2006 2.0GHz imac with stock 1 gig ram used to zip threw such items...

    -how much ram do you have (upgrading is easy..use ifixit)
    -try a clean install of osx snow leopard
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    Buy a retina? Yes. Wait for retina? No.

    I bought the Air now and will simply sell it when the retina hits.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    i got 4GB ram and yea... that was just a lame excuse :D... i m amazed with this machine... i have never done any reformat over this 5 years...

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