MBA Kaby Lake m5 m7 future??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by AllIT, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. AllIT macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2016
    Land of Oz
    With the release of the new Macbook Pro the MBA could get squeezed.

    The new MacBook Pro is much lighter, but still heavier than a MBA. Most people will not go up in weight.

    The 12" MacBook is too small for many people, and not enough power.

    There needs to be a lighter weight 13", but with current technology it will be difficult to bring out a lighter version of the Pro in 15w cpus.

    One thought is with Kaby Lake in m5 and m7.

    A m7 13" Macbook will:-

    1. Be much faster than a MBA i5, but similar to a MBA i7.
    2. Be a lot lighter than the MBA, probably about 1.1 kg
    3. Have a retina display
    4. Have 15 or more hours of battery life, meaning you can leave the charger at home even when going away for business.

    Unfortunately with being squeezed out there will be casualties, and the casualty will be those wanting faster than a MBA i7 but not wanting to go up in weight. Those wanting faster will have to go pro, with the small weight penalty.
  2. Pugly macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2016
    This is such a weird transitional time that it's hard to tell what happens next in the lineup. Do the MacBooks go down in price to become mass-market? Will the $1499 MacBook Pro eventually become a high battery life product.

    Just by the naming scheme alone, you can tell that the MacBook Air is done as updated product. I think the retina macbook line will get expanded in a couple of years since the screen is a just a tad too small for a 'conventional' laptop for everyone. Maybe a 14" version is on the way next year.
  3. AllIT thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2016
    Land of Oz
    I think having just the two product streams of MacBook and MacBook Pro makes a lot of sense. This would give an overlap at the 13" size, the most popular size. Finally the range would be rationalised.

    Gives a light and convenient product range, and a powerful and a bit heavier product range.

    The wait for powerful Gen 7 4.5W cpus may be the reason for this current hiatus. If you analyse possible scenarios for this hiatus, waiting for these cpus comes out on top. Remember Apple would be on the "in" with Intel cpu development. They know what is coming years ahead.

    One thing is for sure, Gen 7 4.5W cpus are going to change the laptop landscape in a way not seen before.
  4. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    I think it is obvious that the Macbook Air will be phased out.
    When Steve Jobs announced the Macbook Air, he stated that the Macbook Air will be the standard consumer laptop. And it does. We have MBA for consumer, and MBP for pro. Apple simply continues the trend with the retina Macbook. Of course, Apple is also waiting for technology and cost to catch up with their product segmentation, so in the meantime, we have the Macbook Air filling the gaps.
  5. Boyd01 Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I agree. This talk of a "new MBA" reminds me of a guy whose girlfriend has left, but he still thinks she's coming back. ;)
  6. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    The Air is done. Finished. Finito. Buy one as long as you can or get an alternative.
  7. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    The MacBook Pro is now 3lbs just like the 13" Air
  8. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Prescott Valley, AZ
    You mean she's not?! :eek: :D

    That is where the similarities end. The new MBP lacks all of the ports that the MBA has. May not matter for many, but for the rest of us, it is an important difference.
  9. bbzzz macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2008
    Like they will really carry on with a lesser machine having a more useful set of ports

    If the new 13" MBP had 12 hour battery life we'd be done already.
  10. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    Thread I responded to said they were different weights. My only point was to correct that information. :)

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