During the unveiling of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Senior VP of Marketing Phil Schiller said that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s best-selling Mac. And with good reason: People love the combination of performance and portability that the 13-inch MacBook Pro provides. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is poised to continue the legacy of Apple’s mighty little laptop.
Even since using a 12” PowerBook I’ve been enamoured with the form factor. The 13” still doesnt seem to have the same pleasant proportions as the old 12” but I’m totally in the market for one of these.
Shame there’s absolutely nothing wrong with my current 13” 2.7Ghz i5 with 8GB of RAM and a hybrid drive.
I do use the DVD drive fairly often: to burn those kids DVDs we get given so the kids can watch them on the AppleTV. We dont actually have a DVD player in the house.
The new 13” Retina makes the MacBook line very confusing. Maybe the 13” Air goes away and we are left with just the 11” MacBook Air ?
Or more likely, once the transition to Retina is complete and they get cheap enough I can see the MacBook Air line-up just going away completely. So then the Apple MacBook range becomes:
- MacBook Pro Retina 15”
- MacBook Pro Retina 13”
- MacBook Pro Retina 11”
All with 1 or 2 Thunderbolt ports, 1 SD card slot, and 1 or 2 USB3 ports. Thats all you need for the future.
The Air brand is strong and synonymous with lightweight and portability, but as iOS has become a more useful choice as a mainstream computing OS, the lighter MacBook Air 11” and new faster iPad 4th generation begin to look like close siblings.
The implicit proposition of the Air brand is that it’s lightweight but compromised on performance. Now that the 13” MacBook Pro becomes is almost as light, the compromised appeal of the 13” Air is diminished.
If I had to put money on it I’d say the Air brand is going away and it’s 50/50 that the 11” form factor sticks around.