About that 12" screen rumor

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  1. VanVeen macrumors newbie

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    Im really happy with my 13.3 late 2010 macbook air, the screen size is quite all right for me, do anyone who has a 13 air want or is willing to change to a 12" screen? also if they were to go with that option will the 13.3 will be discontinued?:confused::eek:
     
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    I've not heard any rumors, I think the because apple has an 11" and 13" inch we'll not see a 12" even if they kill off the 13" MBA. The 12" is too close to either model and doesn't make sense imo
     
  3. ckeck macrumors 6502a

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    The 12" PowerBook was an incredibly popular machine and the sweet spot IMO for this category. While I love my 13" Air, I wouldn't be upset if they killed it off and replaced with a 12" model.

    I actually think that would be best for consumers AND Apple. Simplifies the choice and let's them have a single formfactor/size for the Air.
     
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    I think the 12" iPad and 12" MacBook rumour are the same device.
    At some point Apple will offer a touch screen device with a (detachable) keyboard, and probably pen input.

    Will it run OSX or iOS or both, that we will see.

    Given the iPad Air name change , it seems next we will see a iPad pro.
    It may surprise people expecting it just to be a larger Air.
     
  6. robvas macrumors 68020

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    12" form factor but a 13" screen like the XPS 13
     
  7. sysProgrammer macrumors member

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    If you take the edge of the 11" you essentially get 12" monitor.
     
  8. tobeornottobe macrumors regular

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    I don't get why apple calls the 11.6" MBA 11" because technically it is 12" rounded up..

    I also heard the next model coming out in 2014 will be a game changer. Must be awesome!!!
     
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    the 11.6 and a 12.1 inch model would not be far off. it would seem to make more sense to bump the 11.6 to 12.1 and kill off the 11 inch model not the 13. the 11 inch model is closer to that spec.

    i personally dont want anything smaller then a 13 inch. if i want a 12 inch i would just buy the 11.6 inch model which is close enough. your not going to notice .6 in real world usage.
     
  10. ckeck macrumors 6502a

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    Too confusing to the consumer, not enough "differentiation".

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    It would likely have close to if not a 13" screen but in a tighter form-factor. That 0.6" to 1" could be the difference between a full(er) sized keyboard for example.
     
  11. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    um no, one is an ipad, one is a12" inch retina touch screen MBA, totally different animals
     
  12. vinatatum, Nov 14, 2013
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    if you're happy with your 13.3, why would you want to change to a 12? I think the 13.3 is good enough


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  13. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    If the brightness and contrast are good enough I think people who use the 13.3" MBA would have no problem with the slightly smaller screen.

    Also, maybe it will be 12.7" which is very close to 13.3".
     
  14. ckeck macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly, and it won't just be that but if they do away with the 11 and 13, another reason people would upgrade (eventually anyways) is due to the eventual "retina" screen we'd see there.
     
  15. iRun26.2, Nov 15, 2013
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    I expect they will keep the current 11" and 13"" MBAs around for a while. In almost everything that they have made ''retina' ', they've kept the older (non-retina) versions around and lowered the price. When Apple releases a 'retina' version of anything the new retina version is higher in price (at least for a little while). I see no reason to retire the 11" and 13 immediately. A little overlap is always good because it tempts some people to purchase the new model with higher margins.
     
  16. VanVeen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I said im happy with it, and was asking if anyone would change to the new 12' screen if that were to happen.. :) I really hope they keep the 13.3 air and get a retina screen for it, that would be a killer machine
     
  17. BanjoBanker macrumors 6502

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    I still use my 12" PB occasionally and each time I do, I remember why I loved it so much! The form factor is spot on and the screen size is just fine. I have tried an 11" Air and find it to be about the same as my old 12" PB. As a matter of fact, I intend to buy the 11" Air in the next few months. It will even fit my old Brenthaven bag made for the 11"! Double goodness as that is my favorite bag of all time.
     
  18. iWeekend macrumors regular

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    My belief is that they will make retina Air's soon enough. If the 12" rumour is true, that would lead me to think that the new Air's will be 10" and 12", while keeping the Pros at 13" and 15".

    The 10 measurement is interesting, because it could be that the low end macbook Air becomes a frankenstein with the current iPad Air to form a "pro" (with a nod to OSMAC's comments above). This "MS Surface killer" would nail a) portability and b) productivity, both of which are prime reasons given on MR for purchasing the 11" macbook air now.
     
  19. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    The MS Surface has no need of assistance in its demise.
     
  20. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I dare say this rumour does seem to make business sense for apple allowing them to delineate the higher end iPad Air and 13" Macbook Pro a little better than currently. This would also make the air to appear to be a little more portable and allow a clear distinction between the Pro and Consumer lines.

    Allowing the MBA to become one size product I actually considering if it doesn't happen in 2014 will for 2015.

    From all the rumours I've heard, this I believe is credible.
     
  21. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    A 10-inch Mac? Haha no way. I can totally see a 12-inch model to replace both the 11 and 13.
     
  22. thebrobrah macrumors regular

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    13.3 with greatly reduced bezel would be fantastic ..

    would sell 2013 model for 2014
     
  23. VanVeen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Kind of how the 13 Rmbp screen is.. WANT!
     
  24. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

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    How would this simply choice?

    11, 13, 15.4" see the pattern (17" hardly had any sales, and the 12" PowerBook was popular and then suddenly got chopped, most likely due to last of new model sales).

    MBA 11" is the sweetspot for heavy frequent travellers because it feels so close to the 9.7" iPad Air (or iPad original really considering weight).

    MBA 13" works best for travellers not so frequent and students & users that don't require so much computing prowess - but that is a weak argument considering i7 Dual Core is standard now.

    MBP 13" Retina matches the above with more storage space and computing power or the dual ThunderBolt Ports. Hmm maybe it's a performance illusion. If sales continually slip bad enough it wouldn't surprise me that the MBA 13" fills this slot, as currently it very closely does.
     
  25. ckeck macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't know humans became so weak in the last 5-7 years. 13" works best for "not to frequent travelers"? Bahahaha ;)

    Sorry, but let's get real. People have been lugging around bricks for over a decade just fine. I'd say the 13" is the sweet spot for most (anecdotal of course) while the 11" is good for the really ultra portable crowd, but I still think it's safe to say most people are traveling with 14-15" notebooks.

    I like the 11 but I don't like the small keys that had to be used. In-between is perfect and makes the lineup/options far more clear. Also streamlines production with one size.
     

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