Hi there, I hate to add to the ever growing list of 'should I get this vs. that' threads. But after reading through many threads and searching high and low for information, I think it's best to just flat out ask for some opinions. Backstory: So here it is. I'm coming off of a Intel core duo 15" MacBook Pro/1.83ghz/80gbHD/2gb ram-upgraded to 4 after a few years. This computer has been my baby. It was my first mac and has stood the test of time. Apple Care has served it well, and outside of having to purchase more batteries then I care to admit, I've never had serious issues with it outside of its warranty. For the past year I've had to limit my work on it as it's started to slow down. Unfortunately, after all this time, the screen has finally gone out on it. The computer and everything else still works. But at this point it's become little more then a media player/light browsing use when plugged into the tv. So it's time to move on/forward. Needs: I'm a heavy iWork/Office user. Mainly, Word/Pages, Keynote/PowerPoint, not a lot of excel/numbers. I have roughly 500gb+ of photos all stored on external hard drives. I work with Aperture primarily, and lightly use Photoshop and Illustrator. Outside of that, the norm is web browsing and other basic usage. I like to play with iMovie, however I don't use it heavily, or regularly. Outside of whatever technical issues can arise, I'd like to have a machine that will last and perform solidly for 4+ years. I've had my current mac(dead screen) for over 6 years now. And it still boots, runs and operates with little issues.(although, I've given up using aperture/photoshop etc on it). Battery life isn't a big deal to me. It blows my mind that the airs can currently get 12 hours +. But coming from what I've been using, anything more then 3 is solid in my opinion. Looking at: 13" MacBook Pro Retina or the 11"/13"MacBook Air. I have yet to make it to the apple store to test out the new Retina Pro's. However the previous model didn't impress me as much as I was hoping it would. The air is where I've been leaning. However, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in me are fighting over which will be the better fit. I feel longevity wise, the pro is the way to go. However I've been reading the airs have been getting better and better over the years. I can't argue with the weight. The air wins and as a avid photographer, nature/wildlife/explorer type, having as little weight on my back is a huge plus. Price: it is a small concern. But I look at these machines as a investment (hence my wish for it to last 4+ years). So I'm willing to spend a little more to protect my investment. I will be purchasing Apple Care. With all that in mind. I'm hopeful to keep the cost below or around $1600. So this is where I'm at. I would like to purchase sometime before Christmas if I can swing it. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated!