Apple Will Kill The 13-Inch MacBook Professional


Fourteen is the brand new 13.

“The 14-inch mannequin will change the present 13.3-inch mannequin…”

MacRumors, February 26, 2021

Different Apple-enthusiast websites are predicting the identical factor, primarily based on analyst and media experiences.

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 killed the 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.

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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
  • Connectors: may see addition of MagSafe charging connector
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    *, SD card reader, and HDMI port
  • 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

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NOTES:

*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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