rMB 14"?

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  1. BD1 macrumors 6502

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  2. Macbuyer7 macrumors member

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    Fairly sure they will, I'd expect to see it late 2016.

    (But as Dexterbell said, no rumours)
     
  3. justin216 macrumors 6502

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    There aren't any rumors of any 14" machines -- it would be a little awkward as-is, with 13" and 15" MBPs in the lineup, especially factoring in pricing.
     
  4. Mattymoocow macrumors member

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    they should change the 15" to a form factor the size of most 14"s but a smaller screen bezel.

    I've gone from a 15" rMBP to the rMB, and going back to the rMBP it looks and feels like a dinosaur. I think a 14" rMB would be great.
     
  5. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    how is it any less awkward than having 3 different machines at 13 inches right now? (MBP rMBP and MBA)

    what Apple will likely do is to get rid of the Air line.

    so do this

    rMB: 12 and 14

    rMBP: 13 and 15
     
  6. Macbuyer7 macrumors member

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    Yep, this is what I think too
     
  7. justin216 macrumors 6502

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    Oh, Air is definitely on the chopping block. Redundant product, especially once Skylake/Cannonlake roll out.

    I think 14" may happen (2016-2017?), but I also think all of the laptop lines will eventually consolidate too. There aren't many things that differentiate the "Pro" monikers anymore, other than higher TDP CPUs and potential for a dedicated GPU at the highest-end. As CPUs continue to lower power draw and increase performance, we should be able to reach a point where model lines blur enough to simplify things.

    I could definitely see us get to a place where we have 3 MacBooks, a 12", 14", and 15.6", targeted at medium, heavy, and extreme workloads.
     
  8. Dayv macrumors 6502

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    It took two and a half years to offer two sizes of MacBook Air. I would be surprised to see a new size of retina Macbook in less than two years, unless the MBA gets discontinued surprisingly quickly.
     
  9. redheeler macrumors 603

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    I think such a size is possible, and even reminiscent of the iBook lineup. The iBook had 12" and 14" options (although the 14" was the same resolution as the 12", making the larger screen size mostly pointless).

    If a 14" rMB does come it will likely be after a price drop on the 12" and the discontinuation of the MacBook Air.
     
  10. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Why would Apple get rid of the MBAir. It is their ONLY high performance lightweight laptop. The MB needs to do do growing up before it can replace a well configured MBAir. Not all of us are screaming for retina.
     
  11. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Those who actually need more power would benefit from getting a rMBP over a MacBook Air anyway, and it's still plenty thin/light while it even has a smaller footprint. A future slimming-down of the rMBPs is definitely a possibility.

    The display on the Air is looking very outdated by today's standards. It's not even IPS quality.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    The MBA is the red headed stepchild of apple's line up. I can see apple doing away with the MBA line now that they have this baby.

    To put it another way, why didn't they just call this rMB a rMBA? I mean it has the same wedge design, albeit thinner, but it looks more like an MBA then anything else. So I think their plans for the MBA will be a lot different then what they have for this line.
     
  13. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    The Air is a proper general purpose laptop.. The MB is for ultra portability and is definitely not a general purpose laptop.

    Oh great yes, lets remove everything from the Retina Macbook Pro which makes it usable.
     
  14. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Define "general purpose". Web browsing/email, media consumption, and office tasks all can be done fine on the rMB. Video editing/gaming, maybe not, but those are tasks better suited to a rMBP rather than a MBA anyway.
     
  15. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    I HOPE YOU ARE WRONG!

    If Apple kills the MBA it would force many to a larger and more powerful laptop as the new MB will not cut it for many. Not saying the new MB is bad but the lack of ports and an SD card slot is a negative for me. I do not want to carry a pocket of doggles with me either.

    Todays MBAir hits the sweet spot for me, I would likely have to go back to the MBPro13 but I am sure that Apple will put it on a "thin" diet soon.

    All for the sake of thin:mad:
     
  16. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Would love to have a 14" rMB!

    Most likely. They would need a price difference between the 12" and 14", and I don't think many people could stomach a 1599$ Macbook with 2-3 ports..
     
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    There are actually zero rumors of a 14" rMB. The "rumors" are just people on the forum saying they want a 14" rMB. They may add a different size to the lineup, but I do not think that will happen until the Air is phased out. I also would not be shocked if they just kept the 12" and deemed it the "perfect size". We all know we have heard that from Apple in the past.
     
  18. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Being able to use a USB drive while charging without an adaptor??

    The MB is underpowered and under-ported.

    The MBA remains one of their best multi-use computers, it has a better battery life, has the ports that most people need, has enough power under the hood, is as slim and light as what most people need and is at a good price point.

    Cutting the Macbook line right down is a terrible idea as it means people don't have choice, as one size does not fit all.

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    Mmm I hope its not. Its already thin enough, and removing ports/giving it that awful keyboard would be enough to make me consider buying another brand of computer.
     
  19. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    It will go

    In the next couple of years. And by then the Core M processors will be easily powerful enough the accesories and wireless connectivity will make ports a thing not needed so much anymore. (hell I only plug something into my rMBP about 2x a month, Wifi SD cards have been around for years, wireless hard drives are coming down in price, and I expect the next generation of monitors to connect wirelessly too... ) and the rMB will come down in price.

    The rMBP is already very thin and light 1/2 a pound heavier than the 13 inch air is not a lot the weight of a good burger....

    To answer the initial question there is no rumour of a 14 inch rMB.
     
  20. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Yup, as has been said here a lot, the mythical 14" MB is a pipe dream envisioned by forum goers who want a second USB-C port. There is absolutely nothing backing it up on the rumour front.

    That said, the MBA IS going to be discontinued in the next year or two (or they will keep a legacy 13" unupdated model like they do the cMBP), IMHO, so a second size is logical at that point and 14" seems a logical step as 2" seems to be the smallest size differentiation that is compelling enough.

    The MBP line WILL get a face lift with Skylake or Cannonlake making it marginally thinner with a most likely more significant weight loss. The question is how Apple will choose the processors for a new MBP line. I think they will go the the lowest TDP they can and still offer Intel's most powerful iGPU offering. That could very easily mean the 13" MBP goes to a U-series 15W part from Skylake or Cannonlake forward, according to Intel's roadmaps.
     
  21. Rogier1991 macrumors member

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    14 inch Macbook

    Considering the small screen of the 2015 Macbook and the fact that Apple always provides us with the choice of two screen sizes per model, what is the chance we will see a 14 inch version of the Macbook?

    A 14 inch Macbook would be the perfect replacement for the current 13 inch Air. It will have more battery life, a better screen though a smaller footprint and less weight.
     
  22. Kiwi 99 macrumors regular

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    Nope, Apple doesn't always provide two sizes... the previous MacBook, the white one, was only ever 13" AFAIK

    Nevertheless, I can see a lot of people might want this feature set with a bigger screen. On the other hand, I love the minimal wrap around the keyboard size, and I love the single port (and the resulting clean lines)

    What might be great idea, is to keep this model as it is, 12", one port, with a "Plus" model that has 14" and several ports. That might keep everyone happy.
     
  23. brand macrumors 601

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    Apple has only ever offered a 13" MacBook until they released the current model. The MacBook line has never had two different screen sizes at the same time. Given that your first sentence is not accurate.
     
  24. cridgit001 macrumors member

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    I would totally buy a 14" in the size of a 13". Bump the 12" performance by 40% while keep it's thinness = my money becomes your money.
     

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