From 15" rMBP to 12" rMBA. Thank you Apple.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Skylitfly, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Skylitfly macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2014
    Right. Apple just blew my mind. I'm gonna get rid of my 15" rMBP and get the 12" rMBA when available.

    Even thought the power of 15" rMBP comes handy since I work a lot with Photoshop and Illustrator but the extra portability of the rMBA is well worth it. And it comes with 8GB of RAM and fast SSD anyways so I doubt I'll experience noticeable hiccups.

    Anyone else with me?
  2. emir macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2008
  3. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I'm coming from a 13" rMBP, but I'm doing the same thing.
  4. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I swear I'm not trolling. I'm genuinely curious about why you're going from a rMBP to this. I'd assume if you chose the Pro over the Air originally it was for the extra power/ports. How will that adjustment go with the new Macbook?
  5. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2014
    By the way, there is no rMBA to speak of, this is just rMB 12". MBA line remains visually unchanged.
  6. Skylitfly thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2014
    Honestly. One of the main reason I picked MBP over the Air was the Retina display. And while I was at it, I thought why not go with the 15" over the 13".

    After the purchase all I've been hoping for is smaller and lighter package with amazing display.

    I'm ready to sacrifice in performance for extra portability. Thats it.

    While working with Photoshop and Illustrator I think RAM is the more important value over processor and GPU power. rMBA has 8GB of RAM which is exactly the same as my current rMBP. And I'm quite comfident that the CPU and iGPU of the new rMBA can handle working in Photoshop and Illustrator well enough.

    Also, I'm quite sure that the SSD in the new rMBA is faster than the SSD in my rMBP which makes the overall performance and smoothness of the OS fluid.

    Thats it.
  7. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Apple did not release a Retina MacBook Air today.
  8. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
  9. Skylitfly thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2014
    I don't care. For me it's Retina MacBook Air.
  10. fenderbass146, Mar 9, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015

    fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    To be honest the 13" rMBP look like the better computer.. Normal ports, nearly the same battery life, and the new touchpad. Only downside is smaller ssd and size. However the 13" will be way better cpu and gpu.

    You will be spending at least $80 dollar on adapters for the new Macbook.

    Don't get me wrong I like the new Macbook but it should have been priced more like $1100 or under imo.
  11. mafaky macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2014
    Istanbul, Turkey
    You're actually, very very right!... It's a mistake to talk about a 12" rMBA. Nobody's giving that kind of description on Apple's side...

    1) Apple may be considering to kill the "Air" line (with the non-retina display) by the end of 2015 (or early 2016....).
    2) In 2016 we'll surely see the 12" rMB with Haswell and I prophesize there will be a bigger mate with 14" rMB.
    3) If above comes out true, the 2016 rMBP line may have a 15" model and a re-incarnated 17" rMB model with Skylake; but the 13" rMBP may be dropped off to give way to that 14" rMB.
  12. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Retina screen. That was it.
  13. Skylitfly thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2014
    You forget one thing. The new MacBook is extremely thinner, lighter and has smaller footprint than 13" rMBP.

    It's just way more portable. According to what I've seen so far, it's pretty much like carrying an iPad.
  14. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    Pretty much? They gave the iPad a keyboard.
  15. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2014
    1) IMO very unlikely, the MBA is a very different device from rMB, both of them fulfill different needs.
    2) Haswell is old news, Skylake U with revolutionized cooling - more likely, but there is still no way to introduce additional ports with current form factor and keyboard side to side. So the current MBA can't be really replaced by it, at least till it gets redesigned (in theory the back side could be utilized for ports, but the whole lid and hinges would need to be redesigned).
  16. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Well, as someone who doesn't find the iPad that useful (mostly because of iOS and lack of keyboard), an "iPad with a keyboard" that runs on OS X is exactly what I wanted. :)

    Note: That's not to say that the iPad or iOS suck. I just prefer OS X.
  17. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Which doesn't bother me at all, the part about carrying it like an iPad. I'm going to pre-order whenever they let us.
  18. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Going from a desktop replacement in terms of power to an iPad equivalent.

    I think you should sleep on it.
  19. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    I agree with that but unless you are traveling every single day the 13" pro is still thin and light but to each his own.

    Honestly this computer is essentially a non touch iPad with a keyboard and mac os x. It's a cool device no doubt but unless portability is your #1 concern it seems like a lesser value then a 13" rmbp
  20. Skylitfly thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2014
    Well... I partly agree with you. I'm just extremely exited about this new MacBook.

    I'm pretty set on replacing my rMBP with it but ofc I'll make my final decision after I'm able to have some hands on time with the new MacBook.

    If it's capable enough, I won't hesitate to sacrifice some power for extreme portability.
  21. mellofello macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2011
    Have fun editing on a 12 inch screen. My work took away our 15 inch laptops and issued high resolution 12 inchers. I speak from experience that it is a huge downgrade in workspace, and thus a huge downgrade in productivity.
  22. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    The only gripes I have with this new machine is the downgraded FaceTime Cam and lack of illuminated apple Logo.
  23. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Lack of illuminated logo doesn't bother me. The only design decision I don't like is the word 'MacBook' underneath the screen. I thought Apple was going away from that when they removed it from the MBP.


    But I'm in the same position as the OP. Coming from a 13" rMBP, this is going to suit my needs perfectly.
  24. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    just wait until your adobe apps start choking from that cheap cpu. you'll be wishing you were back on your mbp. :)
  25. Skylitfly thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2014
    Might be.

    All I can do is wait. To see reviews and later get some hands on time on the new MacBook.

    What I said is that I'm confident that it will handle Adobe apps well without many hiccups while being noticeably more portable than rMBP.

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