2013 MacBook Air predictions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dmelgar, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    Now that the 2012 Macbook Air's have been out for a while, what can Apple do to top it? What will the 2013 Macbook Air wow us with?

    Some possibilities:
    • Faster CPU. Seems that CPUs aren't getting that much faster. Maybe a quad core? Would a CPU boost be a big deal (2-3x) or minor 10-20%?
    • Bigger SSD. This seems like a given. SSD prices are dropping like a rock. I'd guess today's 256GB will be next years 512GB. 256GB as the base, 512GB upgrade and maybe even a 1TB.
    • Faster SSD. Can they really get much faster? They're pretty much filling up the 6Gbps channel.
    • Retina display. Would be nice. I'd expect doubling of a lower resolution, such as doubling the 1280x800 of the 13" MBP to 2560x1600 rather than doubling the MBA13's already higher 1440x900. Does this take more power? Is it the display or the GPU that needs the additional power. If it really needs more power, assuming the battery doesn't get better, seems unlikely in the MBA. Need the larger volume in the rMBP.
    • Faster GPU. Not sure if this is needed for retina. The current GPU can already handle the higher res.
    • One more thing. What can Apple surprise us with?
    Overall, would be it a compelling update? Worth the wait?
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The Intel Haswell processor (4th generation Core) will be out next year. It should provide another big jump for the CPU (much bigger than the jump from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge), while also providing an improved GPU.

    Whether it gets a Retina Display option may depend on the power consumption of the display. Apple might not be able to quadruple the resolution in a year without too much of a drain on the battery.
  3. mikeray, Jul 9, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2012

    mikeray macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I don't really see it going quad core because they have to be ulv processors. I need to brush up on my Haswell knowledge though, it may be possible with that architecture.

    Definitely an increase in SSD size for the baseline model.
  4. WRP macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011

    • Really going out on a limb with those huh?
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    no way you will see quad core...that would really hurt the pro sales, and no way a retina display. I think the 2013 will bring the new CPU which will help out the battery life, and maybe a higher resolution. Retina's on airs are a long way out.
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    My prediction:

    Haswell CPU/GPU combo. A bit better performance, especially on the GPU end, but also fewer components on the logic board because of the integrated controller.

    128GB 13" Air drops to $999. 64GB 11" Air for $899.

    SSD options a bit cheaper.

    Everything else stays the same. No retina displays in the Air line for at least 2 years.
  8. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    IPS screen for sure. (no Retina till OLED, low power screens available)

    Smaller bezel, smaller form factor (see Dell XPS)

    Mag-Safe 3. (back to L-design)

    Bottom vents. (better cooling design)

    NFC. (touch to synch)
  9. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Zug, Switzerland
    No prediction... I'm happy with the current one ( will surely remain to be for quite a few years to come ) so I'm proud to be ignorant and not care / think about any future models. Whatever might come, will come...
  10. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
  11. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Haha, I got a chuckle out of that one.
  12. lonewolf604 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2012
    Hmm well lets see, its probably, PROBABLY going to have better graphics. And its probably, and I say PROBABLY, have a better processor. And I'm not too sure about this, about it might come with more ram standard.
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    i would be shocked if they changed to a new charger so quickly
  14. Kafka macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    I really wish for this to be true but I think it will still be too early...
  15. boomboom2 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2012
    I don't think the Air line will get a retina for a while. They're mainstream and will keep the Retina for the prosumer MBP line.
  16. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    They wouldn't need to go to MagSafe 3 to go to the L design. They could switch to an L-shaped version of MagSafe 2.
  17. riveting macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I just wish they had put an IPS screen rather than TN panel, also, a bit more battery life would be great, otherwise, Air is great for what it is.
  18. Goodfella3.2 macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2010
  19. Ztormie macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2009
  20. The Catalyst macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2009
    2013 Macbook Air predictions

    I predict the 2013 MBA won't live up to any of our expectations...

    which will in turn lead to many "should I wait for the 2014 MBA" threads.
  21. mentaluproar macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
  22. ayres macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2010
    either further price drop in base model price, or...

    256gb storage in the base model 13mba...
  23. Wokis macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    They might get rid of 64GB in the base 11" model but I don't believe 128GB will be going away as it will likely suffice for many users the next year too. Maybe they'll lower prices by $100. Component price drops, such as ssd, would be taken in for account for that, rather than upgrading base models.

    I think Intel's Haswell platform will have to serve the most notable news. Maybe a 4-core ULV or just remarkably improved clock speed or IPC.

    GPU is likely becoming much better although I doubt it will suffice for "retina"-resolutions. They might stick with the current panels one more year and go OLED after that.
  24. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    Here's my prediction that is guaranteed to happen with the 2013 MBA.

    Apple will use multiple suppliers for one or more internal parts that someone on MR will discover and proceed to 'identify' supposed quality and/or performance differences, start a thread that will go on and on until the 2014 MBAs are available.
  25. PeterJP macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2012
    Leuven, Belgium
    Yeah, I was going to increase everything by 1 too:
    - i6 processor (i8 optional) at 2.7 (or 3.0) GHz
    - 5GB RAM (9GB optional)
    - Intel HD 4001
    - 721p camera
    - 3 USB 4.0 ports, 2 MagSafe 3 connectors
    - 65GB SSD (upgradeable up to 513GB)
    - BlueTooth 5.0
    - Wi-Fi 803.11 ! Finally !
    - Retina2 (TM) display ! Quadruples the Retina resolution, so you get 5464x3072 on the 11". Suddenly, everybody (and their grandmothers) need 17 megapixel screens to make those DSLRs with 12MP look silly.


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