Huge difference in display quality...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macbook123, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I just got the iPad 3 and going back to working on my Air is quite a shock, in term of the display quality (saturation of font, color vibrancy/accuracy, resolution)!

    The new Air's/Pro's absolutely NEED to have an IPS quality display, possibly with higher PPI count. I really hope that Apple will finally get around to putting higher quality displays on their laptops and not lose against e.g., Asus (
  2. appleguy123, Mar 17, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2012

    appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Me too. I've never loved my iPad more, and I rather dread going to my air for serious work. Never thought the I'd have that problem.
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Hopefully Apple keeps up with ASUS' new Zenbook and updates the resolution on the next MacBook Air.

    That said, I still prefer the Air to the iPad for serious work. The saturation and resolution on the iPad screen are nice, but OS X and the Core i5/i7 are still much more powerful than iOS and ARM.
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    The MacBook air is better, but the iPad is so much more fun to use.
  5. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I fully agree, I can't see myself using the iPad for much more than "consuming".

    Perhaps IPS technology will be a main distinguishing feature for the new optical drive-free Macbook Pro's versus the Air?
  6. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I'm looking forward to hi-res screens on all the Macs. I'm hoping for non-reflective as well. The technology for both is available. The cost and suitability for mass production are the problems. Lets hope they are solved problems.
  7. Buildbright macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2011
    See I always thought the Air had an Awesome display at least mine does. The iPad 3 is great and I love it but I still think my 13" Air looks great. The iPad 2 on the other hand is a different
  8. moxxey macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    It's not going to happen. You've seen that the iPad 3 requires twice as much battery power, takes twice as long to charge and gets warmer. All the things us Air users would complain about!

    I can live without a retina screen on my Air if they could *improve* the battery. I don't want to charge it for longer, I don't want a bigger battery, I don't want my Air to get hotter.

    People really do not think these things through. Air is about portability. It's about taking something on the road that is ultra-light and shouldn't need charging.
  9. yegon, Mar 18, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

    yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    A 10hr+ real world battery life is the thing I'd take from the iPad more than anything else, not the display.

    Pleased to say I've no problem with the res on my Air relative to the new iPad. I thought I would, like the disappointment of using the iPad 1 after using an iPhone 4, but the distance between my eyes and the screen when using my mba means it doesn't bother me at all. That said, I'd quite happily take a 1680x1050 display. I'll have my current 2011 13" mba for another few years though, by then I expect it will be extremely high res and 10hr+ battery life anyway.

    Plus, as much as I love my new iPad, the mba, or indeed any laptop, is a million times more versatile when you do anything beyond consuming. I see and hear lots of testimonials from people who claim they can use an iPad for everything when coupled with a keyboard, but to me that means massive compromises and I suspect sometimes they're trying to convince themselves.
  10. neott macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2010
    bit like the iPad then no? :)
  11. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    Last time I checked an IPS display didn't consume more power than a non-IPS one. So I'm not sure what you're talking about.

  12. rolfbert macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    no, more like an iphone
  13. aph3x macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Reno, NV
    I fully expect Apple to roll out 'Retina' displays soon for the Mac line. I think they may only do MacBook Pro's to start but hopefully the entire line. I'd love to have the resolution of my iPad on my 13" Air.
  14. warfed, Mar 18, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

    warfed macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    I agree that the Air should have a higher resolution IPS screen, but the zenbook certainly is not a good comparison since its display is lower quality. It's higher resolution and brighter, but has worse viewing angles and overall quality.

    Edit: I should read the posted link first haha... I didn't realize it was for the refresh, I take back my comment. The new Air better have an IPS screen...
  15. polee macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    The macbook air's screen certainly looks pixellated now that I have been using my ipad for a day or so. Oh dear, when the macbook air comes out with retina display, I am going to be very tempted to upgrade! By the way, the new ipad is simply great, I have no regrets getting it.
  16. moxxey macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    So why does the iPad 3 have twice the battery capacity and take twice as long to charge? The primary difference is the CPU/GPU required to power the new screen.

    Stick a retina display in the Air and battery life isn't going to go up, unless they increase the battery capacity, like they did in the iPad 3, making it heavier.
  17. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    So you want the next air to be...

    -twice as long to charge?
    -more weight?
    -hot on your lap?

    ill pass!
  18. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    That's primarily to power the 4G, and secondarily to power the higher resolution. IPS technology has nothing to do with it.


    Why are you so arrogant yet completely off topic?
  19. Buildbright macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2011
    No thank you to the iPad 3 battery in a laptop. Have you charged one lately 8 hours from 6%. The Air charges like lighting I prefer that then having to wait all day to charge the battery.
  20. jcg878 macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2011
    Seems like the charging issue would be an easy one to fix for an Air. All it would take is a more powerful charger, no? The 10w charger for the iPad seems to have fallen behind the battery capacity need. The Air already has the least powerful charger of the MacBook line, couldnt they just upgrade it?

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