Thanks. I would love an 11" MBA with retina.The first 'con' for the present Air is the display.
It seems unlikely that you would enjoy going from a retina MBPro to the obviously lower quality display of the older tech used in the Air.
I think it is probable that prices of existing Airs will drop when Apple goes all-retina on their new laptops, so that might be a good plan to wait, if you are OK with the display, and assuming the rumors are correct. Refurbished Airs will probably be available, and I can't see that they will be the quick sellers that some generations of Macs have been, mostly because of the display. You should be able to find good deals in a few weeks.
Great! I really hope to get one soon!Currently the 11 is the only Mac I use, and I love it, it is connected to a good display when at home and it is great for portability...went back from a rMBP 13 and apart from the screen, there is really nothing that make me "regret it".
In love with my 11"!!!!
Why would a 13" rMBP be less powerful?I've used my 11" MBA as a 'main computer,' albeit connected to my TBD. The MBA will process Adobe CC Audition files that will choke a 13" rMBP, which is why I prefer the MBA. While I respect DeltaMac's assertion that the current MBA's display is a 'con,' I would submit that when you need a fair amount of processing power in a small package, an 11" MBA with 8GB of RAM and an i7 processor is hard to beat.
I think PPCeBay hit the nail on the head: In the rMBP, you have a slightly faster clock speed processor trying to pump a signal to double the number of pixels. All I know is that you can certainly tax the processor in a rMBP far more quickly than in an MBA. I became frustrated by the lag. I think folks deriding the quality of the MBA's display (which certainly is lacking) ought to consider the tradeoffs made to obtain the retina quality on the rMBP.Why would a 13" rMBP be less powerful?
I use the Thunderbolt to HDMI on my 11", that could solve the issueCons? Lack of USB ports. With her Logitech solar keyboard (mac) and Logitech mouse + the USB to DVI, all her USB ports are taken so she has to disconnect a monitor to do anything USB related (very very rare).
I have used my 11-inch Macbook Air in this configuration for almost five years as my only computer at work. At home, I occasionally connect it to an external monitor, but usually only if I am doing work at home. For recreational use, I find the 11-inch screen to be sufficient. I am still amazed that such a tiny machine is so capable.My wife has used her Macbook Air 11' as her main computer for almost a year now. She never powers on her Windows desktop that I got for her in 2012 (Windows 10 has rendered that machine almost useless). The big MUST was, she had to have dual monitors for her college work, so I have a Thunderbolt to DVI and a USB to DVI to enable the Air to do dual monitors (works pretty well).
Actually the MBP is moving 4x the pixels.on the pro it is moving 2x the pixels ....