Hypothetical Macbook Air: 14 battery life or retina display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dingclancy, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. dingclancy macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    We all know Apple will go all retina, and to maintain the same battery life they have to fit a larger battery. But what if they skip the Retina for the Macbook Air and just put in the bigger battery?

    Which one would you buy? a 14-hour 13" MBA or a 7 hour MBA with retina display?
  2. Moshe1010, Jul 29, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012

    Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    It depends what you need. We all know that it's not a real 7 hour battery because almost nobody is using his or her computer on 40-50% brightness.
    7 hours battery it's a realistic 4-5 hours and 14 hours battery would be 8-10 hours.
    Anyway, I don't need 14 hours battery, so I would say a 7 hour MBA with retina, only, and only if, they would manage to keep it the same weight (+/- 0.3 pounds) and the same physical size.
  3. korbearus10 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2012
    I'm not sure how much more they can take out of the MBA in order to make it run longer. If anything, I'd imagine the extra battery life will have to come from better battery technology, not larger battery.

    As for your question, I'd rather have the 14 hour MBA.
  4. dingclancy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    Yes, better battery technology is key here. I guess the simple question is 2x the battery or 2x the resolution.

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