Let's talk 2012 MacBook Air - what would you like to see?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jobsian, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Jobsian, Oct 14, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011

    Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    What a notebook this has been. Utterly mesmerising. Functionality beyond expectation. Steve Jobs, the MBA being one of his labor of loves, totally knocked it out of the park with this.

    Now we've had this design a while, what, if any, bottlenecks are you coming up against that might be lifted with a new model? What else do you want to see, within 'reason' (you define that).

    I'm not pushing the CPU much. A drop in the time it takes to convert movie or music files would be a bonus. As would elimination of the odd skip on youtube 1080p. Heat and noise? Genuinely, having one of the lower voltage CPUs, I have none. Any CPU upgrade, presumably Ivy Bridge, will be more than sufficient for me.

    Even with Win XP on VM, I'm not pushing the RAM on mine at all (4GB). I'd be happy with the same, but if 8GB were there, I'd go for it to run beefier programs/games.

    I'm regularly hitting the SSD limit leaving me to juggle constantly with Time Capsule, so a bigger SSD if available would be great. I'd love 512GB.

    Not gaming much (except some emulator action), this isn't get pushed. I'll be happy with whatever Ivy Bridge gives me.

    No concerns, would be happy with the same. OLED or IPS? If implemented well, it'd be nice.

    Probably the upgrade I want to see. I'm constantly zeroing the current one as I take it around the house/work/travel. Hoping Ivy Bridge helps with this. Not aware of any new advances in battery technology. Toshiba promised something along these lines last year, including super fast recharge, claiming zero to 90% battery in 10 minutes! link

    Integrated LTE/3G
    I'd be all over this in principle, but can't imagine it not significantly impacting battery and slightly adding weight with inefficient Sim-bays.

    The former's a given, I imagine almost certainly for the latter too given Ivy Bridge support. This would also be great to have and is another bottleneck for me, mainly because I'm transferring to and from Time Capsule and flash disks to free up my SSD.

    Even though I'd still be very happy with the same design and upgraded internals, wouldn't it be great to see this thing in black? There was some rumor of Apple looking into this a year or two ago.


  2. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Only improvement i'd really care about would be a better and/or dedicated GPU. This will boost overall system performance because of OpenCL & also hopefully bring us back to a respectable gaming system on the go.

    A 15" air would be cool too :)
  3. Jobsian thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    True, forgot about OpenCL, I believe Ivy Bridge will sort that out.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Ivy Bridge will sort out the power/battery life situation quite a bit, though Intel is promising even bigger improvements with Haswell when it is released in 2013 or 2014. Ivy Bridge also will bring USB 3.0 support and better graphics (including OpenCL). Beyond that, there isn't much that needs fixing on the 2011 MacBook Air, as far as I'm concerned. Perhaps they will add an 8GB RAM option, but I wouldn't be surprised if that doesn't occur until the 2013 revision.
  5. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    Backlit Keyboard!!!! ;-) Sorry couldn't resist...
  6. bearsalley34 macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2011
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    I think the number one thing on my list is better battery. I'm talking about... approaching the 10 hour mark. That would be phenomenal.

    More storage would be nice, and if I'm dreaming, lower price point. heh.
  8. plumosa macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2007
    Battery life is the only thing that's absolutely necessary. Ideally, I 'd want to be unplugged all day long, but if it would last 8+ hours I'd still be happy. None of this 4 hour BS!
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    •Better GPU
    •Bigger SSD options
    •8GB RAM option

    If it had that in the 2012 release I might choose it over the MBP...
  10. bill-p macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    More battery life (10 hours?)
    Higher resolution (1080p)
    Smaller body/less screen bezel (around .5" is good)
    Bigger trackpad
    Glass screen (current plastic layer seems flimsy)
    Less weight
    Less heat + less fan noise at same power level as 2010 model

    I'm willing to pay $2000 or more for that kind of device...
  11. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    I'd love integrated 3G. I don't think a SIM bay has to add much weight, have you ever seen how small the Micro-SIM holder is on the iPad and iPhone? It would take less space even with the radio module than the SD card reader does now. And it would be a lot more useful to me personally.

    The only thing I would expect would be a fairly unsightly plastic cover in the lid, just like the iPad 3G currently has. I don't think the plastic gap at the back (where the WiFi antenna is located) would be big enough for a WiFi antenna and a 3G one as well (remember 3G can emit up to 20x more power! And the better view of the outside world the antenna has, the lower the transmit power can be and thus the battery drain). I think this is the real reason why it isn't available yet.
  12. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I wish they'd bump up the screen size while keeping the same footprint (especially with the 11in).

    Of course, increased battery life is also another situation I run into. Don't really run into CPU/RAM issues with what I use it for. I could use more space, but that's because I was too cheap to go 256GB lol
  13. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2011
    California, USA
    I'd like to see:

    1) Longer battery life
    2) better or dedicated GPU
    3) Maybe 4GB RAM stock?

    Everything else is fine the way it is IMO.
  14. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
    Would be even more awesome with

    1. 3G
    2. Better battery
    3. 8Gb RAM
    4. Smaller screen bezel
  15. gman901 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
  16. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
  17. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    No distinction between MBP or MBA. In the future, there shall be only one....

    Macbook. That combines the most desirable traits of both laptops. :D
  18. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    • 8 GB Ram
    • 512 SSD
    • Ivy Bridge
    • Same form factor or smaller

  19. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    An iPad built in to the horizontal portion, with iOS running a configurable on-screen keyboard & control surface, access to iOS apps as a vertical overlay to OS X running on the main chipset... accessing shared ram & drivespace...

    It'd be the first of it's kind to hit the mass market.

    "I dream dream dream dream..."
  20. hkim1983 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2009
    Give me more ram and superior battery life and it'll be my next computer purchase, otherwise, I'll stick with my MBP.
  21. Jobsian thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    I've thought about having a horizontal touchscreen too, it's an interesting idea, only it seems it might needlessly take attention from the main screen, plus would limit typing speed, unless they found some form of tactile feedback on future iPads to improve this.

    This I'd also definitely add.
  22. macneubie macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    Slimness and pricing to thrash Asus's Zenbook :D
  23. Jobsian thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Out of interest, why do quite a few people seem to really want 8GB RAM?

    I do realise the infinitive was split. There's nothing that can be done about that now though. :(
  24. fade- macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2011
  25. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    The sure things that are coming with ivy bridge are:
    Less heat/noise.
    Faster cpus.
    Better gpus(integrated, but better than now).
    More battery (thanks to low-voltage ivy bridge).
    Ram probably upgradable to 8gb, and 4gb standard on all models.
    SSD capacity=probably doubled (128gb min, 256gb other models, 512gb as BTO or high-end MBA).

    I really can't think of something better to come. Resolution is fine, 1080p will be TOO much, unless they improve the fonts etc.

    What I believe we will soon see is a trackpad which is also a screen (something like a mini-ipad). Thing is, it won't work alone. It will use apple's airplay to mirror your iphone/ipads/macbook's/imac's screen into it's small screen.
    That needs a really good programming and ideas though.

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