I dont think HowEver was talking "enough" as final. Its enough for the next few years. By the time you need more ram to handle the apps that are out there, you will need a new machine.
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I'm sure they could with all the new thin and custom batteries size/shape technology out there these days, but I doubt that they would, and I'd be very surprised now with the latest Retina models now released if Apple would ever add a Retina display to a MB Air, unless it was offered as special build you own type option. Very doubtful I would think.
I'm sure the technology exists for sure, but it probably costs more than apple would like.
I finally had time to go to an Apple store. My thoughts:
The display, it's beautiful. Photos just pop.
Viewing angles are very good, but somehow I can't call it excellent. I think it's a hair under what the iPhone and iPad delivers, is it because the glass is thicker or something is lost through the reduced glare glass technology?
The speakers, this is a slim laptop, it's not supposed to be this good! Listening to Audrey Assad's album which can be found on pretty much every display Mac at any Apple Store sounded stunning, absolutely stunning.
It's thin, but it's still a big slab. I wouldn't be on the market for anything like this, I still prefer the 11" MacBook Air, but I would highly recommend one if someone was looking for a 15" notebook and had a bit of money to spend.
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Me: 2010 MacBook Pro 13", iPad Mini Wifi 32GB Black, iPhone 4 16GB Black
Wife: 2011 MacBook Air 11.6", iPhone 4 16GB White
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I went to the Apple Store today too, and had a look at the Retina display model and while it's a beautiful display, just like the iPad, it's still glossy and the glare was no better (IMHO) than the regular glossy MBPs. The Hi-Res Anti-Glare got my vote - it's not quite got the wow factor that the Retina has, but I'll be much happier with the expandability and the fact that I *didn't* have to spend an additional $500 to get 750 GB of storage! If I'd bought the RMBP with 2.6GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and the 512GB drive (which wouldn't really have been adequate) I'd have been looking at $2809 PLUS $259 for AppleCare, PLUS tax, for a total of $3,466. And that's WITH the ed discount. With the 756GB flash drive, I'd have been looking at almost $4K with taxes.
The hi-res matte display, with the 750GB 7200 RPM drive, 8GB of RAM is $2164 (ed discount), and with AppleCare and taxes is $2,725. Not cheap either, but strangely enough, the price of the new MBP is exactly what we spent 7 years ago on a 1.5GHz G4 Powerbook (with an 80GB HD and 512MB of RAM) for my husband (a machine that's still in daily use, BTW) It's also less than the $2500+ I spent on my current 2.33GHz MBP. And I've still got ethernet (no dongles required) and an optical drive.
The back to school pricing also comes with $100 to spend in the App store. And I'll get Mountain Lion for free too - though that's not exactly a motivating factor, considering its price tag.
So I was thinking and if you have the need to run windows in bootcamp for whatever reason then the RMBP might not be a great idea as Windows will not be optimized for the screen so you'd have to run it at a lower than native resolution to make it usable at all. I would guess that doing that wouldn't look very good.