I need help figuring this out. I am undecided between the two machines. Normally I would pick the rMBP because it has much better specs: 512 SSD,8GB, upgraded CPU vs the 2015 MBA basic spec (128,4,1.6GHz), but its age is making me hesitant. I have owned apple products before but not mac computers, and I have noticed that the quality control has been decreasing with time, so I am not sure about the 2013+ models being able to last 5-6 years easy like older macs. But it is well spec'd and I see myself being content with it, as there might not be a reason for me to upgrade if it doesn't fail that is. No applecare either. I really can't afford to fix anything on it, should anything fail. Price is $730. 2015 MBA is a dated product spec wise, but under warranty and not used as much as a 2013 machine. still eligible for applecare. price is $610. I type a lot. Pages, Word and a dedicated screenwriting software. Browse a lot (preferably on firefox). I open a lot of tabs at times. I open big PDF files. I edit my raw photos with lightroom. I edit 1080 footage from time to time. Nothing extensive, and I don't mind editing in proxy as opposed to in native resolutions. I also encode some media from time to time to make it compatible with my media player. I am not leaning to either machine, very much undecided. I like the price of the air and I think I am getting a good deal. The price of the rMBP is not bad either, I think. Very much looking for a machine that will last me at least 3 years whilst getting the best deal at the same time. Need to make a decision by tomorrow.