should i buy 2013 MBA or waiting for 2014's?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bubulol, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    hey i wanna order MBA because Haswell has made an huge gap in term of battery life
    but rumors about 2014 might announce Retina display and new design (12'')
    maybe extending RAM capacity?
    what do you think ?
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    If we had a dime every time people ask this question.

    We don't know!

    How important is retina to you?
    8 GB of today not enough for what you need?
    Do YOU find 11.3 too small and 13 too big hence the search for the perfect size?

    Next year you will be asking what's new for 2015.

    What do YOU want?

    General consensus: if you need one now, OK to BUY, we give you permission. You don't need one now answer the same question you posed to yourself.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    There is always something new coming.. you can wait forever if you go that route.

    The Haswell MBA is a fine system...However I like the rMBP for a better screen. Maybe Apple will do a different screen on the MBA next year, maybe not.

    I love the MBA for portability, but the 13" rMBP is only a little heavier.
  4. jondunford macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2013
    Going for a poo Moderator
    this guy seems mad

    in my opinion its still a long time till summer 2014, buy one now and resell it for almost as much as you bought it as a less than 1 year old machine
  5. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
    I like you opinion hehehe, it's like kill money people to ask again :p
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
  7. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    you don't really get my point
    im not saying i might wait every year for superior model
    e.g 2011-2012 gap wasn't so huge
    Haswell 2013 it is one huge step forward in term of battery life
    if rumors were true (reliable?)
    2014 would be one step forward
    there are people who are concerned about spec's hardware, i don't
    retina display and new form factor (12'') do matter to me and i believe many people are concerned as well
  8. iPaintCode macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2012
    Metro Detroit
    I could be wrong but I don't see Apple putting in some sort of Retina screen in the Air until Intel gets iGPU performance (5200 Iris Pro) or slightly more into the ULV chips. Perhaps the IGZO Retina would give similar battery life but would still be rocking the HD 5000. Also if they kept the same resolution number scheme the Air displays, this would be the results:

    11: 2732x1535 (270PPI), the highest Apple notebook PPI to date.
    13: 2880x1800 (256PPI), same overall pixel count as 15 but in a smaller footprint making for much higher PPI.

    At that point given how impressive MacBook Airs are in performance vs Pro's, who would ever buy a 13" rMBP. Sort of a dilemma for Apple IMHO. Perhaps they will Mac a 12" and redesign all the Pro's to taper but so hard to figure out what Tim Cook will do next.

    Far as waiting, if you wait till 2014 then you will be asking yourself what about 2015... I'd say buy now and start saving up for 2015. As I don't see Broadwell making their way into the notebook line till late 2014 or early 2015.
  9. twingo macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    Forget about the Air. Get a 13 Macbook Pro retina now.
    You get good battery live and screen.
    No need to wait.
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Don't know that I agree with you there - I used to have a 2011 MBA. In 2012 they upgraded to USB 3.0, a big step up IMO. Also, you couldn't get 8gb of RAM in 2011, the max was 4gb. This was a big upgrade for people who wanted to run more powerful software. And you couldn't get a 512gb SSD in 2011 either. I believe they did something to make the SD card slot fast in 2012 as well.
  11. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
    I have 2013 MBA 13"... and it's true, a long day in office, i dont need charger :p
    from 7.00 morning until 5 PM is fine and perfect works.

    for another spec in future, yeah maybe i need to upgrade my MBA if this spec come true. but, i'm working and life for today, so why waiting for a long time?

    dont worry about future, everytime tech is change...
  12. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    I just got a private email from Tim. So just wait until 2015 great MBA coming. :rolleyes:

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