Who will buy another MBA quickly when Apple announces the end of the line....

Showmaster

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I will!

As soon as I will read the final announcement, I will order myself a nice 512Gb version!
That should set me up for years to come!

After all, my5,5-year-old machine works fine, but it won`t last forever.


Showmaster.
 

maerz001

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Nope. Had it for 5years and I'm glad that I moved on.
Rocking the same machine for 10years? Why
 

Showmaster

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Nope. Had it for 5years and I'm glad that I moved on.
Rocking the same machine for 10years? Why
Good question.
For me personally, a question that is easy enough to answer though!

I haven`t seen a newer model that I would like.
I am referring to features like:

-The classic Keyboard.
-The USB-3 and SD-card connections, as well as the old-fashioned Thunderbolt. (ideal for my TB hard drive).
-Magnetic MagSafe......why go back to cables that would pull your laptop off the table?
-The Battery life.
-The robustness.
-The tiny bit smaller Mac Book does not do it for me, the difference in weight and size with MBA is not worth it.

Besides, the Retina-hype does not stick on me, I see it on display in the Apple Store and I don`t find it that impressive nor important.

Cheers,

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i wouldn't buy one even if they marked them down to under 500 bucks and i definitely wouldn't buy one if they are going to be discontinued.
Is Apple known NOT to support discontinued products?

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Not sure if I would notice a lot of this "Turboboost".
And the difference in DDR3 and LPDDR3 is not clear to me.

The graphics would go up to 6000, instead of 4000.
Whatever that means.

Additionally, I would have quicker Wi-Fi if I´m not mistaken.

Can anybody elaborate with regards to any of the changes stated above?

Cheers,

Showmaster.
 
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maerz001

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In Germany we have the saying "what the farmer doesn't know, he doesn't eat".

It describes the effect that some people stick to things they know which can be good but on the other side hinders them of new experiences.

In case of computers we have the brand loyalty and some have even model loyalty combined with prejudices. We should be more open for everything with common sense so we can gain the best of two worlds.
 

sracer

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In Germany we have the saying "what the farmer doesn't know, he doesn't eat".

It describes the effect that some people stick to things they know which can be good but on the other side hinders them of new experiences.

In case of computers we have the brand loyalty and some have even model loyalty combined with prejudices. We should be more open for everything with common sense so we can gain the best of two worlds.
If you look at the threads here in the MBA sub-forum, you'd see that the appreciation of the Macbook Air, even by those who might be considered "fanatics" is based on tangible priorities and common sense,not simply blind loyalty.

Even after serious consideration, it IS possible for a person to conclude that a Macbook Air is more suitable for them than a Macbook Pro.
 

mar58

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I picked up a refurbished, maxed out, 2.2 GHz, 11 inch MBA as they were disappearing off the refurb site. Really glad I did. I haven't seen any available for months. Even though I have a 13 and 15 inch MBP I find myself grabbing it for short one or two night trips as it hardly takes up any space in my luggage. At home I often connect it to a 27 inch 4K monitor making for a nice, and surprisingly powerful, compact desktop. It easily handles photo editing or just about anything else. The oft maligned screen doesn't bother me at all for anything short of photo editing which I don't do while traveling. I agree with others that it's possibly one of, if not the, best all around laptop Apple has produced. Why couldn't they have simply added a retina screen to it?
 

cincygolfgrrl

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i wouldn't buy one even if they marked them down to under 500 bucks and i definitely wouldn't buy one if they are going to be discontinued.
If you have no interest in the MBA, why are you even here?
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Why couldn't they have simply added a retina screen to it?
I'm sure there's a better technical answer than I can give, but my understanding is they didn't because doing so would have required a major redesign to accommodate the power required by retina screens. It wasn't simply a matter of sticking a new screen into it.

The fact is, the MBA still sells well even though it's not shiny and new and doesn't have a fancy screen. People value all those attributes you mentioned in your post. When I open my computer I want it to work. I don't care about bells and whistles because what I do doesn't require them. I think that's the way it is with most people.
 

mar58

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"I'm sure there's a better technical answer than I can give, but my understanding is they didn't because doing so would have required a major redesign to accommodate the power required by retina screens. It wasn't simply a matter of sticking a new screen into it."


Excellent point cincygolfgrrl. I appreciate your reply. As stated previously the current screen doesn't bother me at all. I think I was ineffectively trying to say that a retina screen along with the magsafe, usb3 ports, keyboard, and maybe even an added usb-c on the right hand side would truly IMHO be, just about, the perfect laptop. I love the 11 inch. Both size Airs are just, wonderfully designed, great overall laptops. Believe it or not, every now and then, I still get positive comments about it when I pull it out in meetings.
 

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Have been really happy with my two MacBook Airs, they have been my primary all-purpose computers since 2011. But it will be time for something different when my 2013 11" MBA dies. :)
 

Showmaster

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In Germany we have the saying "what the farmer doesn't know, he doesn't eat".

It describes the effect that some people stick to things they know which can be good but on the other side hinders them of new experiences.

In case of computers we have the brand loyalty and some have even model loyalty combined with prejudices. We should be more open for everything with common sense so we can gain the best of two worlds.
Please have a look at my personal arguments again, and tell me where I "should be more open":

With MBA I like:
-The classic Keyboard.
-The USB-3 and SD-card connections, as well as the old-fashioned Thunderbolt. (ideal for my TB hard drive).
-Magnetic MagSafe......why go back to cables that would pull your laptop off the table?
-The Battery life.
-The robustness.
-The tiny bit smaller Mac Book does not do it for me, the difference in weight and size with MBA is not worth it.

What is outdated about the above arguments?
Perhaps I should get used to the new keyboard, perhaps; but then the other 5 arguments still stand!

If Apple were to bring out a new design with similar features I`d happily buy it, of course! Why not?
But as far as I`m concerned MacBook is not a worthy replacement of MBA, and MBP doesn`t quite cover it either.

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Is Apple known NOT to support discontinued products?

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Not sure if I would notice a lot of this "Turboboost".
And the difference in DDR3 and LPDDR3 is not clear to me.

The graphics would go up to 6000, instead of 4000.
Whatever that means.

Additionally, I would have quicker Wi-Fi if I´m not mistaken.

Can anybody elaborate with regards to any of the changes stated above?

Cheers,

Showmaster.
Your wi-fi speeds would very likely not appreciably change at all.
 
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MultiFinder17

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I'm not sure that I'll run right out and buy one, mostly because I have a 2015 11" Air that I adore already :D

I wish so much that they had kept the 11" form factor; it is lovely to toss in a bag and forget about. @mar58 isn't alone in getting positive comments about their 11" Air; I get plenty on mine, and often disappointed faces when I tell people that they aren't made any longer. In addition to my 2015 i5/4/256 11" Air for my personal use, I have a 2011 i5/2/128 11" Air that I bring to school with me each day to do most of my planning on. Both are fantastic laptops, and I plan on using them until they die :)
 

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I wish so much that they had kept the 11" form factor; it is lovely to toss in a bag and forget about. @mar58 isn't alone in getting positive comments about their 11" Air; I get plenty on mine, and often disappointed faces when I tell people that they aren't made any longer.
Absolutely.
My wife owns the 11", brilliant little machine.
I am hoping that Apple will bring out another small size (but powerful) laptop.

Cheers,

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maerz001

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Absolutely.
My wife owns the 11", brilliant little machine.
I am hoping that Apple will bring out another small size (but powerful) laptop.

Cheers,

Showmaster
Listen up, they did already. Even smaller and lighter but double SSD and GPU, 50% CPU Speed. It's called MacBook :eek:
 
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Having owned an 11” and a 13”, I would take the wife’s 12” macbook over either in a heartbeat. I hated the lack of height on the 11” just no workable screen real estate. I don’t like 16x9 on anything but on my Thinkpad at least is has some verticality. The 13”was good and a friend is still using it, but I liked my 13” 2013 MBP much better with the better screen and faster everything.

That said, the price is right and it’s still a good machine compared to its competition so I don’t begrudge anyone buying one.
 
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Showmaster

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[QUOTE="maerz00 It's called MacBook :eek:[/QUOTE]

You really don`t get the attraction of what is the MBA, do you?
And no, there`s no new 11" laptop out there.

Just trolling this thread is not gonna get you anywhere though.

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