Whereas it’s solely a prediction at the moment, it’s not a surprising one as a result of:
Apple did it in 2019: Apple killedthe 15.4-inch MacBook Professional in 2019. Its substitute, the 16-inch MBP, is nearly the identical dimension. Apple solely needed to make the chassis barely greater to accommodate the bigger show.
PC makers already doing 14-inch: The brand new HP Spectre x360 14* has a chassis about the identical dimension as the present 13-inch M1 MacBook Professional. However the show is barely taller as a result of HP makes use of a 3:2 side ratio in comparison with the 16:10 (8:5) on the MBP. The Spectre x360 additionally weighs barely lower than the MacBook Professional regardless of having a bigger show.
13.3-inch laptop computer dimension is lengthy within the tooth: the 13.3-inch show dimension has been round perpetually. It is smart for Apple, PC makers, and show producers to maneuver on. Dell, as an example, has moved on to a 13.4-inch show dimension for its XPS 13.
Skinny bezels are in: With ultra-thin show bezels now the norm, it’s simpler to squeeze a 14-inch show right into a 13.3-inch chassis.
Facet ratio: As talked about above, getting a bigger show right into a smaller chassis can, together with thinner bezels, be facilitated by altering the side ratio, i.e., make the show much less broad however taller.
Different options anticipated and/or rumored on the 14-inch MacBook Professional:
Micro-LED show could also be launched
Design: new flat-edged design much like the iPhone 12
OLED touchbar could also be modified or eliminated: probably changed by bodily operate keys
Processor:“M1X” (or probably “M2”).
Assist for as much as Three shows
Obtainable: third quarter of 2021
*The HP Spectre x360 14 makes use of a 13.5-inch show, so HP rounds up the marketed show dimension to 14. That’s the alternative of present “13-inch” laptops which spherical down the 13.3-inch show to 13 for advertising and marketing functions.
I exploit each an HP Spectre x360 14 (OLED) and a 13-inch MacBook Professional M1.
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