Which would you buy? Retina Macbook Air or 2017 13" Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by senttoschool, Nov 3, 2017.


Which would you rather buy?

  1. 13" Macbook Air with modern CPU & Retina display

  2. 13" Macbook Pro (2017)

  1. senttoschool macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2017
  2. eddjedi macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    There is no retina MBA, do you mean Macbook? Or is this a hypothetical question if there WAS a retina MBA?
  3. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    If it was the same CPU/RAM/Graphics, it'd be the same computer? Pretty sure the rMB has replaced the MBA as it's significantly better in that particular category, they just keep the MBA around due to component prices making the rMB rather expensive. Once they get that below $999 the MBA will be one more tear-drop towards the graveyard.
  4. senttoschool thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2017
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    So for the "hypothetical" rMBA...

    1) Exactly which CPU would it have?
    2) How much RAM?
    3) What price would it be?
    4) Would it look identical to a current MBA but just with a Retina display (same size trackpad/wedge, etc.)?
    5) If yes to the above, would it still have the enormous display bezels?
    6) What battery life would you be getting?

    These are all important because a notebook purchase is a frequently decided between performance, affordability, design, battery life, and weight.
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    A nonsense question that laptop is already made it is the non tb MacBook Pro.
  7. eddjedi macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    So you seem to be talking purely about form factor? The new 13" MBP is significantly smaller than the 5+ year old 13" MBA body, so the MBP for sure. It's also thinner.
  8. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    You need to go to an Apple Store and pick up the latest 13" rMPB. It =is= the Air.

    I hate the keyboard, the loss of MagSafe and several other changes, but a 13" Air in today's lineup makes no sense.

    BTW, even before the latest generation rMPB, the MBA had a bigger footprint than the rMBP.
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you can afford the Pro, BUY the Pro.
    'Nuff said about that!

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