What if Retina come only for Macbook Pro 15/17

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Sid-R, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Sid-R macrumors member

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    How many of us here planning on buying Air will get swayed if Retina come only for Macbook Pro 15/17.
     
  2. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a

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    I would not go for a 15 or 17 even if they both get retina. If any do, I believe the smaller sizes (11,13) are much more likely for retina than 15 and 17...
     
  3. Sid-R thread starter macrumors member

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    Really.. wouldn't it be easier to have retina in 15 where the battery life is more.
    Also from the price spec sheet leaked today..looks like 11/13 air retain old prices while 15 has gone up in price, maybe 'coz of retina.
     
  4. halledise macrumors 65816

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    if by 'Retina' you mean a high resolution display, then the current Air already has that.
    it's an option on the 15" MBPro which may become standard.
    currently it's not an option on the 13" MBPro but that may be about to change.

    if you are meaning an even higher resolution then basically it comes down to how much screen real estate does one want.

    13" is more than enough for most tasks and most people, whilst professionals may indeed want 15".

    I cannot see the need to increase the resolution on the 13.3" Air - it's great as is.
    With the advent of thunderbolt and the ability to drive pretty hi-res external displays, again there's no need to add it in.
     
  5. jgc macrumors regular

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    Agreed. I'd take improved battery life over a higher res screen any day of the week. I have a 1366x768 15.6" TN display and have no complaints with it; a 1440x900 13.3" display is already a great improvement :)
     
  6. Randomoneh macrumors regular

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    You need to be 30.8 inches away from 13.3'' MacBook Air for it to have same perceivable quality as iPhone at 12 inches. That is, at those distances both have angular resolution of 69.38 pixels per degree.
     
  7. Sid-R thread starter macrumors member

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    :eek: Randomoneh... r u sure its .38 and not .37 !!

    Hoping for a sub $100 matte option on Air too

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    I am looking at Air 11 ultimate.. wish they bump the flash storage to at least 192 GB
     
  8. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a

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    It's terms of battery, yes, but in terms of Mass production, I would assume 11 and 13 is much more capable than 15 and 17. I mean, the iPad is retina and is 10 inches. 10 to 17 is a big jump, 10 to 11 isn't
     
  9. Randomoneh macrumors regular

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    My point is - you need to be much farther than average viewing distance for 13.3 is in order for it to match the quality of iPhone at 12''.
     
  10. Sid-R thread starter macrumors member

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    Makes Sense.

    The $300 storage upgrade on 11 ultimate is a bitch.:mad:
     
  11. jgc macrumors regular

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    I wish. Considering the drop in SSD prices it should be reasonable, but I don't see it happening. Currently I'm planning on getting a 128 gb SSD model and a 64 gb SDXC card for music/video. That limits me to the 13". I'm not willing to pay $300 to get the 256 gb SSD model. If they upped the storage by 50% all my problems would be solved and I could seriously consider the 11".
     
  12. Sid-R thread starter macrumors member

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    I dnt think they use the regular SSD in Airs.. its their proprietary flash storage so cant say how much the price has dropped but i sure hope for a 50% storage bump.
     
  13. jgc macrumors regular

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    Yeah, it's the blade as opposed to a 2.5" drive however my understanding is that the flash memory is the same in both forms. I could be wrong though.

    An SD slot would be nice on the 11" but I figure that it's lacking due to either a) the smaller size or b) to establish another difference (besides screen size) between the two sizes. A man can always dream though.
     
  14. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I am going to get one of each to avoid buyer's remorse.
     
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

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    The ASUS Zenbook Prime will have an optional 1920x1080 screen in both the 11.6" and 13.3" versions. Right now the Air is 1366x768 and 1440x900, respectively.

    I'd like to see a boost to 1920x1080, though I'm not holding my breath. We might just get spec bumps to the new Ivy Bridge chips, USB 3.0, and maybe dropping of the 2GB/64GB model.
     
  16. joe1946 macrumors regular

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    Windows 8 is showing 2560x1440 in 10.1" and 11.6" screen sizes so I would imagine small laptops with 1920x1080 will be common soon.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Pretty sure it's A, the Logic Board on the 11" Air is tiny.
     
  18. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

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    If the 15" Pro gets retina and the Air doesn't, I'll buy the Pro. Simple as that.

    Ever since getting accustomed retina on the iPad, my MBA display looks like crap.
     
  19. Mjmar macrumors 65816

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    I actually think that the 13" Pro will be axed and the 15" and 17" models will be the only notebooks upgraded to a higher res screen. However, I don't think many Air buyers will be swayed by this because of the price and size difference of the machines. Plus the Air already has a higher resolution than the current 13" Pro.
     
  20. shelob8888 macrumors member

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    Actually... your MBA is 82-87% retina already. So, I doubt it is THAT different.
     
  21. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    I'll sell my airs for a retina 15 inch pro. I love the bigger screen size. If the rumors are true, and we get a thinner, more air like 15 inch, I'd sell a kidney from a drifter if I needed to in order to get one :D
     
  22. Jasoco macrumors 6502

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    I don't even want "Retina" so much as I want a slider in Preferences to scale everything up or down smoothly. I wouldn't need a 2x doubled resolution if I had that option and a bit bigger of a resolution. I'm just thinking maybe 1680x1050 on a 13" display with a slider I could change until the on-screen elements are big enough to read, but still small enough to give the impression of more space to work with.
     
  23. coldmack macrumors 6502

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    You sure that doesn't have to do more with the fact your iPad has a wider color gamut IPS display, vs your MBA, which is a TN display with a lower gamut %?
     

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