New MacBook Air or rMacBookPro?

MajkJaro

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I was waiting to see whether rMBP will get the haswell but it didnt happen. So now I want to buy a computer - Air or Retina - both 13 inch.

I would like to use it for:
- reading
- writing
- movies
- carrying it around
- photography (my hobby)

I would give my Air an i7 (is it worth?), 256 ssd. It would cost me about 150$ less than the rMBP early 2013 - prices from Poland ;).
Is the retina screen worht the price or should I look mainly for the better battery life on the new Air?

I was also thinking to forget the i7 and stick with the i5 and add iPad Mini to the collection but mainly I want a new laptop. Is rMBP more powerful?
 
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MajkJaro

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But continually waiting for new updates is hard ;) i wanted to buy in april but ppl said that haswell will be in rmbp at wwdc which didnt happen :).

So I want to decide now and I need your help :)
 

uniforms

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I left my rMBP at home while on a business trip. So I bought the new air to use to see if I like it as much. I can't wait to take this puppy back! I LOVE MY RETINA! There is nothing like that display. Especially if you have to sit behind the screen a lot. The battery length is great. There is the only trade off with the rMBP. I can't wait till the new rMBP comes out!

Best of luck with your decision. The wait may be worth it.
 

notjustjay

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Canada, eh?
I'm kind of in the same boat, though I'm not in any rush. My existing MacBook Pro is a 2007 model (Santa Rosa) and although it continues to chug away as my daily use machine, I am feeling the upgrade itch.

Right now if I were to buy, I'd get the new 13" MBA with 8/256. Probably the i5, I'm debating whether I need Core i7. However, bumping up the RAM and SSD brings the MBA price point perilously close to the base 13" rMBP.

I'm willing to wait a bit longer to see what happens with the Haswell refresh for the rMBP, whenever it arrives. If the rMBP can be bumped from 7 hours of battery to 9 or 10, then that's plenty enticing for me.
 

advancedbasic

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I started essentially the same thread here:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=17449016&posted=1#post17449016

and you can see we have slightly different use cases but I think the biggest one that is tipping my decision towards waiting for a Haswell rMBP is my love of photography.

I've never used a retina display, but everyone says it's spectacular for anything that requires visual precision. I figure I'll give it until at LEAST 7/1 and possibly even 8/1 before I take the plunge and buy the Air anyways. I don't think I'd buy the "old" rMBP at that point.
 

ugahairydawgs

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I started essentially the same thread here:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=17449016&posted=1#post17449016

and you can see we have slightly different use cases but I think the biggest one that is tipping my decision towards waiting for a Haswell rMBP is my love of photography.

I've never used a retina display, but everyone says it's spectacular for anything that requires visual precision. I figure I'll give it until at LEAST 7/1 and possibly even 8/1 before I take the plunge and buy the Air anyways. I don't think I'd buy the "old" rMBP at that point.
Why not? By any performance benchmark the "old" Pro is still faster than the new Air.
 

ugahairydawgs

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That's absolutely not true.

The new Air has both a faster GPU and a faster SSD than the current Retina 13"
Ah....I missed the part above the first time when OP said he was talking about the 13" Retina. I just assumed 15".
 

MajkJaro

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How do older games go on the rMBP? Some classics like Transport Tycoon, Quake 1 or 2, Age of Empires 2?

I thought that the Air has hdmi port but I see that it doesn't.
 

philosopherdog

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No contest. The retina is 10x a better machine. Once you use the screen you'll never be able to look at the crappy air display.