2013 Air to have Retina display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by atMac, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. atMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    I'm skipping the 2012 Air since I have a 2011 and I'm debating getting a 2013 when its released. Can anyone guess at the likely hood that the 2013 Air will have a retina display?or at least a 1080p resolution?
  2. fupresti macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    My magic 8-ball says Looks Hazy Try Again. Sorry I wasn't more helpful.
  3. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    100%, guaranteed, retina display.
  4. m00min macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    I'm not so sure. With the possibility of a 13 inch rMBP I can see Apple needing some differentiation between the 13" rMBP and the Air, after all, they won't have the optical drive / expandablity to tout as a difference.

    If they add a retina screen to the Air they'll have to up the battery capacity, more than likely that would involve removing the wedge. At that point it'll be a case of "well done Apple, you just invented another MBP."
  5. Calot macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    Without a new battery technology, highly doubt it. What they are going to make, IMO, is a 13-inch pro with retina display.

    And the Air will still be the same Air. Maybe with an IPS display. Or one of those IGZO displays from Sharp that sound so promising.
  6. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
  7. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
    haswell is supposed to help a lot with battery life but I agree, i just wonder how they'd differentiate the 2 lines if MBAs go retina....

    i love my 2010 11" MBA. bought and returned the 2012 MBAs with the thought of maybe upgrading if 13" retina MBP is released. but i may just be patient and wait til the 2013 revisions with haswell -- better graphics, battery and more app support, etc. just love the 11" form factor...

    would also hope by 2013 apple would be ready to go to ips or igzo for the 11" MBA - i mean i know apple's been known to use old tech
    but using 3+ year old display tech is a bit much for a company that prides in having great displays in its gadgets
  8. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    The 13" Pro can take a design cue from the current RMBP and accomodate a larger battery, but unless Apple is willing to make the Air take on a larger wedge current battery technology can't accommodate Air's existing dimension along with a retina display while maintaining respectable battery life.
  9. TC25, Aug 28, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012

    TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    See how pointless it is to ask questions like this?
  10. twintin macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    My guess is an IPS panel is possible, but with same or similar resolution and gamut as in present MBAs. Higher resolution and gamut as in present retina displays is most likely preserved for the pro version.
  11. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    I agree. Eventually all Macs will have retina displays, but for the forseeable future (one to two years) it will be the key differentiator between the consumer and pro lines.
  12. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    No one can say for certain since we do not know how much battery technology will improve in a year's time. I wouldn't think so though.
  13. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    The PPI on the thing is high already (135). Why would you need Retina?
  14. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    I think putting a RD in an Air would push the unit cost price up too much, I paid £1250 for my Air and i'm sure a RD would put another few hundred quid on the price of that.

    Apple needs to stay in competition with the likes of the Samsung Series 9 etc.
  15. Beau10, Aug 28, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012

    Beau10 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2008
    Downtown San Diego
    Like how they differentiated them before they went Retina up until just a few months ago? There still are regular pros, 13" and 15" on the market. Don't really think this argument factors at all, and in fact, I think it would be weird for Apple to have a 2 year span between their laptop lines on such a key feature that is already ubiquitous on their iOS lines.

    As far as power, not only is Haswell much more efficient, but the GPU power will be roughly 2.5x to handle the extra pixels - not ideal, but in the ballpark for acceptability. If Apple can free up a bit more internal space with smaller components/packaging and get another 10-15% in battery they probably can at least achieve a device that gets battery life similar to the 2k11 models while retaining the same form factor. Considering this is a full year away I don't think that's an insurmountable challenge.

    They could launch this the same way they launched the rMBP... at a higher price bracket while updating the rest of the line at regular res, and then likely in a generation or two drop the regular devices and bring the cost down.
  16. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    More than likely not in the near future. If the MBA got a Retina display, what would differentiate it from the rMBP?
  17. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    In front of my Mac
    Hang on, let me go and check my crystal ball... or I could watch one of those psychic TV channels on satellite (yes, there is a psychic channel on British satellite TV) :D
  18. vodkaPT macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Lisbon, Portugal
    I really doubt.

    The expected haswell GPU will not be enough to handle properly a retina display.
    Up on that add battery issues and price rise.

    But lets wait and see what apple will do.
  19. atMac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    If the curent Ivy Bridge can handle two Thunderbolt displays why can't the Haswell handle a retina?

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