Will The Next MBA Have Retina?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jw3571, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. jw3571 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    I have a 2010 MBA which I've really loved, however the screen quality always left a little to be desired. I'd like to upgrade to a retina display. I'd rather not have to go to a MBP since I love the size of the MBA. Will the next MBA have a retina display? I asked a apple store employee and he thought they'd never put a retina display in a MBA because it would make it too large. Opinions?
  2. iRun26.2, Nov 23, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2013

    iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    They want you to buy a rMBP.

    (And then, when they reduce the size of the next MBA that also has a retina display, they'll want you to buy that too).
  3. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    It's the last screened device Apple makes that has not received the Retina screen. I'd be highly surprised if the next MacBook Air did NOT have Retina. I'd be less surprised if they dropped the MacBook Air all together.
  4. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    The MacBook Air has been heavily advertised in the past. Whenever Windows Ultra-Books are reviewed or talked about, the Apple MacBook Air is almost always referenced. The new iPad has the 'Air' suffix....

    There is no way the MacBook Air name is going away right now.
  5. AudiA3 macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2013
    Having both rMBA and 5" iPhone will be a dream come true for me
  6. batman75 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    They have to launch a retina macbook air. Clearly the current display makes the MBA 11" the worst display of any 11" ultra thin pc on the market

    I think Apple should have been ashamed of the 2013 MBA refresh. I only bought one because I needed a larger hard drive.
  7. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Why yes! I was just talking to Jony Ive the other day and I asked him that very question. He confirmed that it would, and also told it would be OK to post this information on all of the internet forums I frequent. ;)
  8. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    I'm glad that it isn't just a rumor any more!
  9. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    You must have been really disappointed when you learned that your 2013 MBA doesn't even have one.
  10. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    The iPad mini got one, it's just logical Mr. Spock.
  11. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    coming off a rMBPro to an 11" Air I for one couldn't be happier.
    my screen is manufactured by AU Optronics and seems to be way superior to the LG or Samsung displays.
    the introduction of Mavericks improved display calibrations.
    the new processors and SSD's make it a blinder of a machine.

    unsure why you're not happy with yours … …
    perhaps take your complaints to Apple and they may replace it for you
  12. Alphabetize macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2013
    What is so terrible about the MacBook Air display? It looks alright to me.
  13. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    By itself, it is not bad. I thought it was great when i bought mine in 2010. It's been three years since it has been upgraded and technology is always moving forward. The competing screens (and those of the iPads) are now much better.

    The retina screens are amazing. I want one on my next ultras-portable. I'm holding out until Apple improves the display of the MBA (11" size).
  14. kage207 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Haha. That's funny. MBA line being dropped. It's Apple's cheapest computer AND the best selling.
  15. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    No it's not. Neither the iMacs nor the Thunderbolt Displays have retina screens.
  16. raniel macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    Well if they do release a retina version I hope it does not affect the battery usage
  17. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2013

    If I wanted a laptop with a hi-res display that got half the battery life of the mid-13 Air, I'd just get the mid-13 rMBP.

    Until they can have the rMBP display in an Air shell with 12+ hours of battery life, I'll be just fine with 1440x900. I feel pretty confident that quite a few other Air owners will feel the same way.
  18. jmoore5196, Nov 25, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2013

    jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    This is the bottom line for all these inane discussions of retina screens for the MBA ... and for all the equally-inane discussions of the purported 12" retina MBA!

    Every laptop design is a study in compromise. The MBA excels at two things: longevity and portability. I am the first to admit that it is not a power user's dream. I don't think many of us expect it to be.

    I agree that the retina displays are stunning ... but there's nothing intrinsically wrong with the current MBA displays. Forcing a dual-core processor to push four times the pixels will undoubtedly come with a cost – one that quite a few of us will probably be unwilling to pay.
  19. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    Of course they do! They're in business to sell computers, not to be your financial advisor. I'd be disappointed in them if they DIDN'T have that mindset.
  20. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    in a word, YES!

    but only on the 12" MBA, the 11& 13" will remain as is!:cool:
  21. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    I wasn't being critical of Apple's overlapping cycles. It just seems that some people don't understand how the current 13" MBA could exist and be so similar to the 13" MBP. The MBA is simply due for an update.

    I bet that the new 2014 version will be noticeably thinner and lighter. Then people will start complaining saying 'It is way too expensive!'' :)
  22. batman75 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    My machine works perfectly. My issue is the resolution of the screen isn't great. It should have a 1080p display.
  23. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    It looks fine till you use another screen and realize what you're missing.

    I have a 2007 Macbook Pro and it's screen is miles ahead of the 2013 MBA. The colours are better, the screen is brighter, it has more uniform backlighting, and the viewing angles are far, far, far superior to the MBA.

    I don't even want to compare it to my Dell U2412 IPS monitor because that thing completely trashes my 2007 MBP's monitor.

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