I've been scouring these message boards and watching you tube videos for the past month trying to compare the models. I'm having a very difficult time deciding what macbook to get. I just need some advice from people that have one or the other. Either one will be a major purchase for me and I just want to limit my buyer's remorse. I've been leaning towards the 11 inch MacBook Air with the i7 8gb ram and 128gb SSD. I've previously ruled out a refurbed 2012 15" pro with the 650m discrete card (since by the time I get it it will be nearly 2 years old). I've started to consider the 13" MacBook Pro i5, 8gb ram, 128gb SSD. This computer will be replacing my gen 3 iPad. Let me list what I need this computer to do. 1. My main reason for trading in my iPad for a macbook is because we are having our first child soon and I've begun to realize, quite selfishly, I need to maximize my time. I can bring my device to work and use it throughout the day, for personal use, not work stuff. As far as constructive stuff, I need it to be able to edit photos in iPhoto and family movies in imovie, but I also need it to possibly use more advanced programs too, like aperture, if needed in the future. 2. As far as normal everyday stuff I need it to be able to stream all my broadband sports packages. NHL center ice, NBA league pass, and MLB extra innings. Sometimes I need it to play 2 of the three at the same time. Other than that it's just Netflix and Safari with some Pages and Numbers as well. Normally I wouldn't worry about this, but several reviews I've read said the 13" pro stutters with multiple 1080p videos open, does the air as well? 3. I've never been a computer gamer, always had a console, but with free time being a luxury now I'd like to consolidate as much as possible. My gaming tastes have changed as I've gotten older, my main games now are civ 5 and diablo 3 both of which I play on my Mac mini. I'd love to be able to play these during down times at work. As far as I read, the MacBook Air would handle these fine for non-marathon sessions. I don't care about heat or fan noise. I'm getting AppleCare so I just need this computer to last 3 years and then I'll probably look for a new one. My question is can the 13" MacBook Pro handle these games substantially better? I'm confused about resolutions. If I don't try to run games in retina, can the pro handle more modern games. I'm not looking to bootcamp either, just get games from the Mac AppStore or Steam or EA Origin. The gaming performance is what my decision is coming down to. I know you don't buy macs for games, but macs have the games I want to play! Most of the reviews and YouTube videos show the games running through bootcamp, again I don't want to do that, just slightly modern games through the app store If anyone can give advice to ease my decision, please do. I was set to buy the 11" MacBook Air this coming Monday, but then I saw the refurb 13" MacBook Pro i5, 8gb ram, 128gb SSD for roughly the same price as the air I described above. Please don't tell me to get a Windows computer for gaming, I hate windows. 128gb SSD is enough for me. My itunes video library is nearly 4tb, about 2tb has been itune store purchases, the other half was my DVD/bluray collection that I ripped to itunes. All of that is connected to my Mac mini which runs a a home theater PC. If I want to watch a movie I'll just stream one of my purchases. I have iTunes Match, so it will be streaming for music too. And am I correct in assuming that if I purchase a game through the Mac App Store I can delete and redownload it when I need to conserve space? If really needed I'll buy an external drive. I guess it comes down to this, other than retina display, can both models do the things I need the same? Will both models allow me to keep up with advances in games/streaming/itunes for the next 3 years? I'd be very thankful for any assistance. I plan on purchasing one or the other next week. Thanks.