2013 MBA vs. rMBP

I'm sure this has been covered multiple times already, and I prefer not to speculate about devices that haven't launched yet, let alone run the gamut of online reviews. However, given that Apple's $100 app store credit for education purchases will expire before the new rMBP launches, it's a decision I need to make sooner rather than later. Really the only reason I would go for the rMBP (besides the sexilicious display) would be if I thought I could get away with some quality gaming on it and forego the upcoming next-gen consoles. BF4, GTA V, and Assassin's Creed 4 are pretty much what I plan on playing. GTA V on my 360 will be fine, but BF4 and AC4 I'd like to either go next-gen console or PC. I'm sure the MBP will play these games fine. However, I'd want at least as good quality as the xBone out of the gate. Given Anand's coverage of iris performance, I'm skeptical of the image quality it could provide for 1080p 60 fps gameplay. Thoughts?

We already know the MBA's specs:


11.6-inch 11.6-inch (high-end) 13.3-inch 13.3-inch (high-end)
Dimensions H: 0.11-0.68" (0.3-1.7cm)
W: 11.8" (30cm)
D: 7.56" (19.2cm)
H: 0.11-0.68" (0.3-1.7cm)
W: 12.8" (32.5cm)
D: 8.94" (22.7cm)
Weight 2.38 lbs (1.08kg) 2.96 lbs (1.35kg)
CPU 1.3GHz dual-core Core i5 1.3GHz dual-core Core i5
GPU Intel HD 5000
RAM 4GB LPDDR3-1600
SSD 128GB PCIe SSD 256GB PCIe SSD 128GB PCIe SSD 256GB PCIe SSD
Display Resolution 1366 x 768 1440 x 900
Ports Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, headphone jack Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, SD card slot, headphone jack
Networking 2x2:2 802.11ac 2x2:2 802.11ac
Battery 38 Wh 54 Wh
Price $999 $1199 $1099 $1299

Source: Anandtech - http://www.anandtech.com/show/7085/the-2013-macbook-air-review-13inch

Also worth noting is the fact that we now have a 28W ULT part (i7-4558U). This is a part designed for larger Ultrabooks (14/15"+) that would otherwise have a low end discrete GPU.

Source: Anandtech - http://www.anandtech.com/show/6926/intel-iris-iris-pro-graphics-haswell-gt3gt3e-gets-a-brand

That suggests the 15" rMBP will be sticking with integrated graphics only. Could the form factor even handle a TDP of 47W? Perhaps the 15" will get a price drop?

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I think we can safely predict what the new rMBP will be packing. It's likely the 13" model will get slightly slimmer:

2013 rMBP
13.3-inch 13.3-inch (high-end) 15.4-inch 15.4-inch (high-end)

Dimensions

Height: 1.9 cm (0.75")
Width: 31.4 cm (12.35")
Depth: 21.9 cm (8.62 ")
Height: 1.8 cm (0.71")
Width: 35.89 cm (14.13")
Depth: 24.71 cm (9.73")
Weight 1.62 kg (3.57 pounds) 2.02 kg (4.46 pounds)
CPU i5 i7
GPU Intel HD 5100
RAM 8GB LPDDR3-1600
SSD 128GB PCIe SSD 256GB PCIe SSD 256GB PCIe SSD 512GB PCIe SSD
Display Resolution 2560 x 1600 2880 x 1800
Ports 2xThunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, SD card slot, headphone jack 2xThunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, SD card slot, headphone jack
Networking 2x2:2 802.11ac 2x2:2 802.11ac
Battery ~74 Wh ~95 Wh
Price $1499 $1699 $2199

$2799

(16GB RAM)