I returned my 2013 11" exchanged for a 13" because of the screen.. I couldn't deal with the 16:9 ratio and resolution. Maybe it had more resolution it would have been fine. You can fit a lot more content on the 13" screen because of it's aspect alone.. Even if the resolution is barely higher its more square.
I agree with this. People tend to either love 11" or hate 11". The best advice would be to try it out in store. Most people seem to immediately know if they feel "limited" by the screen real estate.
I wish I could tell if it was going to be good for me while I was in the store but I just couldn't decide.. After sitting behind the 11" for a few hours you start to realize if it's going to work for you or not. I just felt my iPad showed more content than the 11" (Because it does) but the 13" makes up for this with a more square screen.
What also annoys me about the 11" is the huge bezel.. They could have easily fit a 12" display in there and made it one of the best design-wise laptops around.. Imagine a nearly borderless lcd in that 11" body.. sigh. I would have kept it if they would do something like that. The keyboard is edge to edge, there's literally no space wasted on the bottom.. just that screen and bezel, WHY.
I do not have a problem with the 16:9 or more screen real estate on the 13", my question is about resolution, can anybody with the two laptops tell me if the fonts and content in general will look similar on both machines or the 13" will have bigger text even with higher resolution?
My 11" only arrived today so I can't give you a full 'review' but I'm going to be using this alongside my iMac 21.5" dual monitor set up so I was a bit concerned the screen might be a bit too much of a jump down but honestly, it's fine. I mostly use my Macs for graphic design along with general use such as safari browsing and uni work and I've found so long as I full screen the app I'm using I don't find it too constraining at all. Went for 11" after having a compare in my local store to the 13" due to it's portability, the 13" was just THAT little bit bigger that made the difference in ultimate portability for me. Can literally chuck it any bag. No regrets so far, hope you enjoy yours
Further to my above post, I guess it really depends what you're going to be using it for. If it's your main computer then go for the 13" definitely. If it's going to be used as an on-the-go machine then go for 11".
The bezel is wide because the laptop is so thin. The bezel on the 13-inch is equally as wide. The 13-inch has a significantly bigger footprint than the 13-inch Pro because of this. A bigger display would not have fit, in either notebook.
As for me, I have no problems with screen real estate on the Air. It's got a higher pixel density than the 13", so things are smaller on the smaller screen. It actually has more screen real estate than a 13" Pro.
The 13-inch has a ppi of 127. The 11-inch has a ppi of 135. Those are pretty close, you but you'll probably be able to discern the difference. Screen elements and text will be physically slightly smaller on the 11".
The only problem I have with the 11" screen is running the iphone/ipad emulators in Xcode as they are at a resolution larger than the 11" screen. But I can work around that with an external screen or debugging the app on an actual iphone/ipad.
For everything-else the screen is much more usable than a 1366x768 screen on a Windows laptop.
I too am intending to use Xcode for iOS development. I am considering the MBA 2013 11" i5/8/256 and wanted to ask if the resolution on the 11" is high enough to comfortably use Xcode? I think the iOS simulator window can be scaled to fit (or scroll vertically if it doesn't fit natively?) so I am more concerned about the Xcode IDE itself.