Hello everyone! I am ready to purchase a new macbook, which will be my first mac ever! However, I need help with deciding on the "perfect" laptop for my budget and uses. In the section below, I have listed my budget, product considerations (w/ price), uses, and expected longevity. Budget: $1600 maximum so the higher end rMBP 15 in. is out of the question Product Considerations: *new* rMBP 13 in./2.9GHz Dual-Core i7 8GB/256 GB Flash HD $1399 w/ tax + $9.99 shipping (university pricing) *new* rMBP 13 in/2.6GHZ Dual-Core i5 8GB/256 GB Flash HD $1099 w/ tax + $100 Gift Card (marked down Best Buy pricing) *new* MBA 13 in/1.3GHZ Dual-Core i5 8 GB/256 GB Flash HD $1349 w/ tax + $100 Apple Card (Apple store) Uses: Watching/streaming movies (Netflix + iTunes) Casual web browsing (Macrumors, ESPN, Youtube, Facebook) Casual gaming -- low/med graphics setting is fine (NBA 2k13, Assassins Creed, Minecraft) Programming (Python, Ruby, C++, etc.) VM (Parallels, VMware) Photoshop Final Cut Pro X Logic Pro 9 Documents (iWork, Microsoft Office) Longevity: 4-5 years, must last at least 4 years of university (I will be a college freshmen in the fall So should I purchase the rMBP 13 in. i5 or i7? MBA 13 in.? or should I wait for the rMBP Haswell (University starts late August)? On a personal level, I value performance over portability. I am fine with sacrificing a little portability for better performance. Any suggestions or comments will be highly appreciated.