Don't current gen MacBook Airs already have a high resolution screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Smiller4128, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Smiller4128 macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Wirelessly posted

    I'm currently debating on getting a MacBook air right now or waiting until the new MacBook pros or airs come out (hopefully this month) However the one thing I see a lot on this board is people wishing the update adds Retina display, but don't the 2011 MacBook Airs already have a screen superior to the current gen MacBook pros?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  3. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    MBA is a different aspect ratio for a start. More horizontal pixels, but less height than the 13" MBP.
  4. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Yes. At normal viewing distances the MBA 11 has an angular resolution (in line pairs per degree) about 83% of that of the iPhone 4, which is better than Retina quality resolution. Only if you stick your nose too close to the MBA display will it not seem like a high resolution display.
  5. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    They have a higher Res than the mbp, but they aren't retina, or very high resolutions...

    The mbp just has a bad resolution to start with
  6. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    the MBA is around 133 ppi. I'm guessing Retina for a MBA would be around 180ppi or so at a normal distance. Push it further back and 133ppi will seem Retina to you...

    I have a hard time seeing pixels apart on my 17" MBP. I can easily see the pixels on my iPad 2, but not my MBP.
  7. urkel, Apr 7, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Its sad that "Seeing Pixels" became a buzz term. For the most part, regular users never complained about pixels or antialiasing of app icons but because Apple marketed the Retina screen so well then suddenly everyone is a hawk that pretends they can spot the tiniest jagged edge and it ruins their computer experience. All the while, they're still watching compressed cable on their HDTVs, streaming blocky netflix programs and looking at low res pictures.

    I defnitely want higher res screens next gen but if it's not "retina" then I don't care because going that high will only end up draining the battery more with very little payoff.
  8. warfed macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    The 13" MBA is the same aspect ratio as a MBP and has more horizontal and vertical pixel than the 13" MBP and the exact same resolution as the regular 15" MBP.
  9. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    Really, what's the point of ultra-high Retina resolutions on a laptop? it's not necessary! it's necessary in an iPhone or iPad where you hold the device much closer to the eye, but in a laptop it's totally unnecessary.

    I'm all for higher resolutions, but no need to "retina" stuff. Just give me a 1440x900 in the 11" MBA and 1600x1050 in the 13" MBA and I'm set.
  10. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Text would be unreadable on those machines at those resolutions.

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