Why do you think there hasn't been a 15" mba?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by FrozenDarkness, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

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    That seems like the perfect laptop to me. For people who want screen real estate in a lighter package than the rmbp. I just don't understand why this perfect laptop doesn't exist.

    Much to apple's credit, this laptop doesn't exist for most computer manufacturers. When they think ultrabook, they max out at 14"
     
  2. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    Product differentiation between the Air and Pro lines.
     
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    It would obviously cannibalize the rmbp 15
     
  5. redheeler macrumors 603

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    It would be larger, heaver, and thicker. Yes, and this as well:

     
  6. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    Not enough of a market for it. Frankly, I'd love one and I know a lot of people would. But it seems as though the 15" rMBP covers enough of those bases to make it not really worth doing.

    Personally, I'd love a 17" MBA, but that's so not even close to ever being likely to happen.
     
  7. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    Defeats the purpose of the MacBook Air.
    If anything, they could expand the 13" screen and reduce the bezel. Idk what they'd do about the webcam.
     
  8. FrozenDarkness thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I mean, this can happen. They can fit a 15" into a normal 14" laptop.

    Basically it kind of makes sense. People are surmising that Apple will give up on the dgpu. well with no dgpu, you don't need like a part of the real estate, plus you give up a fan and you can probably have a smaller battery. All this leads me to think, well why not just shrink it into a mba size? smaller bezels? try to shave off a lb?
     
  9. mcarling macrumors 65816

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    Before the Retina MacBook Pro was introduced, I wanted a 15" MacBook Air. I think the 15" rMBP is a sufficient step in that direction.

    Maybe Cannonlake will allow for 28W quad-core CPUs with screaming fast Iris Pro integrated graphics. That would allow for a reduction of battery capacity and a thinning of the 15" rMBP.
     
  10. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

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    Personally... I think the screen weight would cause the device to become kind of unbalanced, and you need more battery room.

    Like others have said.... I think the Retina MBP covers the bases here.
     
  11. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yep

    This makes the most sense to me. Might feel almost...floppy?
     
  12. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

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    Yes basically... You can kinda feel it being on the edge on the 13" model to be honest...
     
  13. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yup

    There's definitely a slight give to the 13". My wife has a 13" MBA, I have a 13" MBP, the "sturdiness" when picked up from the corners is quite noticeable.

    Not a problem for me, but I can see how making it bigger but keeping the same thickness might be an issue.
     

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