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Haswell Macbook Airs reported to launch tomorrow April 29 BUT

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Sam Posten, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. Sam Posten

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    To be annoyingly precise, the Haswell MBAs actually launched last June - I bought one (13") immediately and I love it. Maxed it out with 512 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM. Best damn laptop I've ever owned. Fast, plenty of storage, under 3 pounds, and it just goes and goes and goes... I'm getting 12-13 hours easy on a charge.

    My understanding is tomorrow is just a minor bump with the latest revision of the Haswell chips. I'm hoping for the long-awaited Mac Mini refresh, but I doubt it wil happen. :(
     
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    Gotcha
     
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    I was waiting for the mythical Mac mini update the past year. Having now settled with an used iMac and a new Weber grill, I hope the mini remains mythical... ;)
     
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    Isn't there already a "Retina MacBook Air", just not by that name? The 13" Retina MacBook Pro is a little heavier than the 13" MacBook Air, and doesn't get as much runtime out of its battery, but by the time you're up to a middle-of-the-line machine, a 13" rMBP isn't all that much more expensive than a 13" Air.
     
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    Totally different class of machines by weight.I wonder tho, does this hint more strongly that the mythical 12" will be the first iOS laptop? That would certainly shake things up and make a 2 month old real MBAir refresh relevant....
     
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    And Dave, you know I'm dying for Mac mini and Apple TV to merge :)
     
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    Are we talking about the same machines? The 15" rMBPs are a different class of machines by weight. The 13" rMBPs are only 3.5 pounds; not that far off the 13" MBA weight of 3 pounds.
     
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    That half a pound is important but the physical size is too. Moving to the pro costs more, nets better processors graphics and wildly improved display. They FEEL physically different despite how close they are if you have em side by side
     
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    Er how close they look
     
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    Also don't forget the other 'hidden' features in the Air's column:Better battery lifeWhisper quiet fanLower power draw which means it's power brick is tiny. If I remember right the 13" power cable is a significant step up in size and weight, which matters on the go.The 13" Rmbp is a great machine and is cut from the same cot has the Air, but there is a reason why people still treasure the Airs.
     
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    Ars' take:
    http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/04/2013-macbook-airs-get-a-speed-bump-and-a-100-price-cut/
     
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    With an airport Express. Don't forget the Airport Express! :)
     
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    Heck add disks and make it an Airport Extreme! ;)
     
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