Retina MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iSomebody, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. iSomebody macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2012
    When can we expect redesigned MBA with Retina display?
  2. ryanmkelly macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2013
  3. iSomebody thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2012
    I'll make it easier for you :p

    I wonder if rMBA is possible in 2013 or 2014...
  4. henryonapple macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    they just refreshed the MBA for 2013, so there won't be a new model this year
  5. serenesam macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2011
    I think the Air should definitely go retina with IPS display at 2.5 lbs as Sony has made significant improvements on their website including a TRILUMINOS diplay at 2.34 lbs.
  6. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Why are people so averse to going with the Pro if they want Retina, and they simply want it on the Air? There's not much difference in weight between the 13-inch Air and Pro.
  7. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    If apple built a rMBA 13 it looks like the rMBP 13 today. Problem solved.
  8. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    If they added retina display for MBA, then that would make MBA a weaker version of rMBP at a lower price point, not sure if Apple will ever go for that.
  9. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    I don't think Apple has to - not until every other laptop does. Retina = high end for laptops.
  10. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Except the 13" MBA has the same resolution as the cMBP 15". If 13" MBA went retina it would have same resolution as rMBP 15" but without dedicated GPU.
  11. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    This is true. The MBA's have higher pixel densities than the non-high res cMBP's. If Apple doubled the MBA's pixel densities to make them retina they'd have higher pixel densities than the rMBP's.

    That display would be expensive and probably at this time, relatively low yield. They'd also be sharper than the rMBP displays. It would make for confusion amongst their model lines.

    So how will Apple make the MBA's retina? Decrease the resolutions by using the same pixel density displays as the current rMBP's? That seems like a step backwards. Not sure how this will play out.
  12. serenesam macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2011
    That's why the 13 Air needs to be 2.5 lbs which is 1 lb lighter than the 13 Pro.
  13. Spacial macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2013
    I don't care what display technology Apple uses as long as they put a decent display on the Air. My 2012 on one of the best general purpose laptops I've owned (except for the rotten display), and I've had quite a few MBA's / MBP's.

    Sadly Sony blows Apple in the weeds with much better displays. Apple can do it too, and that's what frustrates me. I am a very loyal Apple customer, that will not buy Sony or any other for that matter.

    Apple needs to take care of their loyal customers.
  14. mmcc macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    I personally will likely never go for the rMBP at the current price points without the ability to upgrade RAM or SSD space. I'll pay the price for a "throw-away" MBA. :rolleyes:
  15. 3lite macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2011
    Retina isn't worth it (MBA or MBP) but that's just me.
  16. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    It's not rotten. Want to see a BAD display? Lenovo T430.
  17. cedwhatev macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2011
    Not sure why people are still looking for this... how about an 11.6" version of the rMBP? Would that work?
  18. Y So Jelly macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2013
    The Vaio S-series panel was also crap.
  19. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I'm not sure that makes any sense. The rMBP has become just like the MBA, soldered parts and non-upgradeable. Why would you have no problem buying the MBA but not the rMBP?
  20. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    If we see a thinner 13" retina Pro this October, it starts to get a little "Airish", so if the Air is to get a retina-like screen next year, I think the form of the Air is going to change in some way to become more distinguished from the Pro. I think they got something up their sleeves for the Air next year.
  21. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    As many have said, the 13" Retina MBP is pretty much MBA with Retina display.
  22. TheKDub macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    I actually don't think that Apple would have a problem with doing this. I doubt most consumers would actually realize it since all marketing has to do is to say, "Look, we went from 1440x900 to 2560X1600!" and people won't realize that the retina scaled is actually just 1280x800.

    Of course I don't think the Air would get retina for at least a little while longer as they need differentiation between their product lines and for tech to improve to maintain the great battery life + portability that the Air is catered to.
  23. serenesam macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2011
    I wouldn't mind buying an Air if at the very least it had an IPS display like the IPAD Mini even if it isn't retina......but I still think it should be lighter.....

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