What is the one thing you want on the new Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by atMac, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. atMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    If you could have just one upgrade on the new Air, besides IvyBridge obviously, what would it be?

    For me it would be an optional 8GB of RAM, I run VM's often.
  2. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I would like the size of the 13" MBA to be similar to the size of the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. It's got a 13.3" screen but the body of a 12" laptop, with a footprint that's closer to the 11" MBA.
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I agree, but I'd also like a higher resolution. It doesn't necessarily need to be a "Retina Display," but I'd like something a bit higher than 1366x768.
  4. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    I'd like to see a slimmer display frame on the 11" model. And I think that it could be reduced in size (width-wise) just by a little bit while retaining the full-size keyboard.
  5. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    My big 2 are an 8GB ram option and a larger screen / smaller bevel.
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Well the 13" Air already has a resolution of 1440x900. They could go a bit higher, maybe 1080p, but you would probably want some UI scaling at that pixel density to make it usable.

    As others have said I think more RAM as standard or optional would be really nice, especially since that isn't something you can upgrade later.
  7. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    An 11" with the 13"'s resolution would be sweet.
  8. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I think the current res of 1440x900 is perfect for a 13.3" screen.
  9. Oli3000 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    Significantly better graphics.

    I regularly use about 3gb of Ram, and 8gb would be nice, but not essential.

    Processing power now is good for most things.

    Screen resolution is also good, yes retina would be better, but currently its good.

    The thing that I would notice must, is graphics.
  10. markintosh macrumors member


    Jul 4, 2004
    Boise, ID
    8GB RAM a must

    Even better would be the option to go to 16GB...I run that on my current Pro (which is why I have the Pro vs. Air).

    Extra + have RAM user upgradable (4 or 8gb onboard with one expansion slot?)
  11. BluePhilG macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Usb3 !

    Reason being?

    I didnt upgrade from my 2010 MBA11 to an i5/7 model, because I refused to pay for such a machine without it. My biggest issue is storage, and whilst I'd like to have 500Gb or even 1tb in an MBA11, it would be cost prohibitive.

    I can easily continue to live with the screen size, battery life, and even 4GB RAM, but fast and inexpensive storage is a must.

    All other improvements for me are "would be nice"...
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Acer is making an 11.6" Zenbook with a 1920x1080 screen. That might be doable with UI scaling. Or perhaps they could just do 1600x900, but I do want a higher resolution on the 11.6" model.
  13. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    7-8 hour (or more) battery life. That's absolutely #1 for me. Then maybe drop the SSD price so I can get a 256GB MBA for $1,199.
  14. Fasm Trout macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2010
    SATA3 storage for especially fast data transfers.
  15. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Higher res I guess? Also, dual Thunderbolt ports?
  16. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
  17. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    8gb ram and I'd upgrade in a heartbeat. Anything else and I'll continue waiting.
  18. chanyitian macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2012
    Hey. i have an idea. How about Siri in Macbook Air? it might be possible since apple's integrating ios functionality into mac osx mountain lion.
  19. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    Better graphics, or even the Nvidia 320 back.
  20. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    To be honest, I don't really need more CPU or GPU power (though of course it's always welcome).

    Longer battery life is always a plus too.

    USB 3.0 isn't a big deal to me, since I seldom use any USB devices, nor even own a USB 3.0 device.

    HD FaceTime camera would be nice, but I don't FaceTime all that often anymore.

    SATA III SSD will of course be awesome, which I expect to see (I'm pretty sure the current ones are only SATA II?)

    If I had to pick anything, it would be the foot print. My 2009 Sony Z was smaller in length and width, and had a 13.3in screen with a higher resolution. I miss that. It was close to the size of the 11in MBA. It also had a dedicated GPU and carbon fiber lid. MmmMmmm

    If they could just fit the 13.3in screen into the 11in chassis, I would legitimately run into an Apple store saying 'shutup and take my money' :)

    EDIT - A close second would be 8GB of RAM. Duh! How could I forget that.
  21. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    USB 3.0 is really all I need. USB 2.0 is pretty obsolete these days (in terms of tech).
  22. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    I personally won't be upgrading my 2011 13" MBA, I am going to buy the new iMac on monday. But if I was in the market for a MacBook Air, I would want a RAM boost most. An improved display would be good but, honestly, the current display on the 13" MBA is incredible.
  23. EmaDaCuz macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2012
    Entry level 11" with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1600x900 resolution (or 1080p), SD slot, 7-8 hours battery life for $999.

    I will buy any 11" regardless the basic configuration, but this is what I hope to find in this update.
  24. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yep. Gimme a smaller footprint on the 13" model and I'll be happy to make a purchase.

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