Giving up on Retina for MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jw3571, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. jw3571 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    Is this ever going to happen? I'm about ready to give up and get a MBP? Thoughts?
  2. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
    Whats wrong with the current MBA resolution?
  3. Nocturnal22 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2009
    Its pretty crappy by todays standards thats clear to see. I want a retina MBA as well
  4. slight32 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2014
    I guess clarity is in the eye of the beholder. Quite literally in this case. I've just got an 13" Air and I think the screen is great. I've moved from an 8 year old XPS with lower resolution so this is a step up for me. No, it's not as sharp as very high res displays, but it's still good for those moving from older machines.

    Airs are not about screens though, they are about form factor and battery life. Want retina? Apple has those too.
  5. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    I also think the screen is fine. I do think that people who use Airs aren't looking to do photo editing etc. that needs such high resolution.

    But I would love a new design. I've had my Air for about three years and it looks no different to the current ones. More HDD, faster processor, USB 3 and a reduction in the massive silver bezel are a few of the things I want.

    At the moment I see no reason in buying a new one.
  6. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
    640K is enough memory for anyone, and is a HD screen, it seems. Congratulations, you're as smart as Bill Gates.
  7. hughlb macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2014
    Given that the Retina display is a standard component in everything from iPads, iMacs, MacBooks and iPhones, there is no reason why the Air shouldn't have a Retina display, and it will.

    Also, photographically, a laptop I can comfortably travel and edit with is sorely needed. I find a 13 inch Macbook Pro too heavy to regularly include on jobs with me, but perfectly powerful for photo editing - a current macbook air is already more powerful than my 2009 Pro, so yes, a better screen and longer battery life would be incredibly practical.
  8. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    I had bought a macbook air every year since they were released until last year when I bought a macbook pro just because of its resolution. When and if Apple ever releases a 12-inch retina Air, I will happily switch back.
  9. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    That's interesting. I wonder if OS X actually means the Air is less powerful, though.
  10. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    I had a 13" Air. Loved it. Saw the Retina MBP 13 and had to have it. Sold the MBA. After a few months, I wanted the Air again. Ordered it. When it came in, I did some video calibration and had it looking great, until I put it side by side with my Retina. It was pitiful. When the Air is used on it's own without having a retina for a comparison, it's okay. No way I can have an Air again until they put a retina display in it. I hope they do, I want the Air bad, but will not sacrifice that difference in screen quality. The retina is just that good.
  11. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    It will. No doubt about it. 8 more months at the latest. If you can't wait, get a rMBP, but it is coming at some point. And for everyone saying the MBA has a great screen, it isn't bad, but it isn't IPS, so the viewing angles are dissapointing.
  12. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    I've waited long enough for this, will look elsewhere. THE IOS 8 disaster on my IPad has really soured me on spending money on more Apple products. All I run on a laptop is Adobe PS, and with CC I can run it on anything.
  13. Republius macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2014
    In response to the original post in this thread, while Digitimes got it wrong in claiming a MBA Retina would be announced yesterday it is hard to imagine their sources could be making up claims that such a product is being manufactured and shipped as we speak (with full speed production coming in the next two months). It seems as if Apple simply needs to build up inventory in order to make this device available for sale given that the chip being utilized is arguably also new and in the process of having its production ramped up.

    Apple could not have announced such a laptop yesterday without cratering sales of existing generation MacBook Airs. So it makes sense for them to keep mum until they are ready to sell it to customers. Obviously the Apple Watch is a brand new product that can be announced in advance without freezing existing sales of another item, so it is being spoken of even while it may become available for sale at the same time a MBA Retina does.

    With a MBA Retina seeming to be in the offering sooner rather than later, I am going to see what it has to offer before biting on the falling prices of existing MBAs or buying a MacBook Pro Retina.
  14. Woochoo macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2014
    What was wrong with iMac res that they had to go 5K? Nothing, but 5K is better. So that's all. I really don't care about MBA res screen, because I'll mostly use it with external monitor, but there's nothing wrong in trying to improve things
  15. shoehornhands macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2014
    This may be a case of "I don't know what I'm missing" but to echo the sentiments of a few others, I think the screen in the MBA is pretty nice. Perhaps after having used one for awhile, it's difficult to go back to a lower resolution though (this was certainly the case with SSDs).

    On a side note, gotta love apple's marketing gimmicks. "Retina display" or "superdrive" "magic mouse"... I'm surprised they don't have some elegant name for their SSDs.
  16. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    It will happen but not especially soon. An update before the end of the year is almost out of the question, obviously. After that, I think the odds gradually increase from "highly unlikely" in January to "quite likely" by the end of the year.
  17. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    Same here.. I put my MBA for sale today and grabbing a pro. Honestly I'd rather have the performance than the portability of the air. While it's been my favorite laptop, it's a bit choppy at times. Albeit not often but I just prefer it when something is always buttery smooth.
  18. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    The macbook air is the best laptop ever made according to many sources.
    Pushing a retina resolution requires more power, better heat management and a better gpu. The mba was not built for this and if you want the retina get the rmbp. :apple: provides an option for everyone.
  19. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2012
    Bill Gates never actually said that.
  20. Republius macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2014
    The claim that the MBA is built such that it cannot have a better resolution screen seems undercut by so many claiming the screen could be improved, by so many claiming Apple is in the process of building a retina screen MBA, by the fact that other ultra-thin laptops are coming out with enhanced screens, and the existence of the next generation of Intel microprocessors that should be able to improve performance while also reducing heat generation and having the ability to drive a retina screen.

    The MBA is a terrific device that can and should be improved.
  21. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    You are going to be proven soooooooooooooooooooo wrong within 6-12 months. Apple is most likely waiting on one thing and one thing only to release the new MBA with retina display...Broadwell.
  22. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    People have a choice between the retina or regular screen when they buy a macbook.
    An Bill Gates never said that.


    I never said that :apple: won't release a retina mba at some point. They most certainly will. I was talking about the past and present. I suspect they will somehow merge the rmbp and mba into one macbook line. But this will by no means make current mbas obsolete or bad in any way. They will continue to be awesome just with a lower res screen.
  23. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
    I didn't say he did, he just built his OS with that assumption.

    So if I want a retina MBA I should buy a MacBook? Wow, that's even smarter than saying all anyone needs is a HD screen.

    There's no actual technical reason for a MBA not to have a retina style screen, but the Apple apologists have got a better idea: "take what you're given and stop complaining."
  24. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    A macbook pro is basically he same as a mba just with a retina screen.
    I am not sure what you want.
  25. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
    LOL! Yeah, all Apple laptops are the same! Seriously, you know your stuff.

    What do I want? I want to have the choice of an MBA with a high-resolution screen. It's amazing that you haven't figured this out by now.

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