Should Apple Build A 14-inch MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sahnjuro, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. sahnjuro macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2009
    Macbook Pros come in 13, 15, and 17-inch displays. I've used both 13" and 15" MBP's and I find that 13" is a little too small and 15" is a little too book. So what I would like to see is a 14" MBP, which presumably will have more screen real estate than the 13" and more compact, lighter than the 15".

    Think it would be possible to convince Apple to jettison their 13" and 15" formats for a more slim, lighter MBP?

    With the release of MB Air and plastic MB in 13", there seems to be less rationale for a 13" MBP as well. If you travel, the 15" MBP is too large (& heavy) behind a coach seat in airplanes, which may be a reason enough to get MBA.

    With emergence of ultra-light notebooks, it is quite possible that 15" and 17" notebooks will eventually go the way of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths.
  2. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    No. We already have 11.6", 13", 15", and 17" screens available. I'm finding the 13" MBA pretty perfect for traveling and powerful enough to be my main computer. We have more choice now than we ever did.
  3. zodqyv macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    My favorite computer was the 13" MacBook Pro until the 11" MacBook Air came out. I have no desire to go larger that a 13" machine. When you get into 15" territory (or even 14" territory) they feel less "portable" and more like a desktop replacement.
  4. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    I say NO, unless it is possible to fit a 14 inch screen in the same size computer dimensions as the 13.3 in MBP. Would it be possible to squeeze an extra .7 inches into the display area? I have my doubts. Anyway, Apple's probably got the 13.3 inch MBP just right, kinda like Baby Bear's porridge.
  5. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    No. An introduction of a 14" would probably overlap with the existing target markets of the 13" and 15" which would not be a good business (or marketing) idea.

    The existence of ultra-lightweight notebooks has no bearing on the 15" and 17" as they are targeting different markets. For example, just can't see an IT or media professional having an 11" MBA as their main unit. Conversely, if one's main functional requirement is portability, a 17" would be far from ideal.
  6. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Why do so many people treat the 13inch MacBook Pro like a netbook....If I had to carry a 15" or 17" Laptop around anywhere other than my couch to my desk I wouldn't be a happy camper. I had the choice of trading the 13 inch in for the 15inch because I got this as a gift and the person who gave it to me said if I really wanted I could but the 17inch is just a monster. My MacBook pro is absolutely fine...some people need like a mobile HDTV with them...jeez.:apple::cool:
  7. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
    build a 18" or 19"

    now that would be amazing.

    I dont know why everyone thinks the 17" is big, its quite "normal" now every laptop i owned was 18" so i am biased but still its not that heavy, and its not THAT big.
  8. croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    IF they made a 14" Notebook, it should replace the 13" MBP (assuming that the 13" MacBook and 13" MacBook air remain) I don't see a reason to have 3 13" notebooks including a 13" MBP along with a 14" MBP and a 15" MBP.
  9. Kalach macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2011
    The way they have it set up right now is perfect: 11-17. :)
  10. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    No, I love my 13 and would not buy a 14 to replace it. Add a 14 and/or 16 into the equation and you have massive buyer confusion which can hurt sales. People usually can make a decision that they either do or do not want one of the existing sizes which are differed by 2 inches and so they are noticeably different in size. If you make those differences too small, people can't make up their mind and delay purchasing.
  11. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010
  12. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
  13. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    If we go by this thread, it's a good thing they didn't as it sounds like the 14 inch MBP would quickly go the way of the Dodo. Also, MBP buyers are repeat customers and often want the same size. When I upgrade, I will get another 13 inch MBP as it will fit my nice cases and bags.
  14. karsten macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2010
    i think the 13 is the sweet spot for portability while still having enough screen real estate. if they upgrade the screen next update then it would be even better. cant see any reason why they'd change. isnt it their most popular model?
  15. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
  16. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    Kill white macbook

    Only have:
    11" air
    13" air
    14" pro
    17" pro

    I love it. Would buy a 14" mbp in a heartbeat.
  17. rychencop macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2007
  18. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    The only laptops that Apple ever built with a 14" display were the PowerBook G3 (Wallstreet, Lombard, Pismo) and the iBook G4 14". The resolution was 1024x768 on the PowerBook G3. It was not widescreen, but old standard 4:3 aspect ratio. Apple will never build a machine with a 4:3 aspect ratio screen ever again. If Apple built a 14" laptop widescreen display today, it would most likely use 1440x900 resolution, like the 13" (1680x1050 would be too dense)...but Apple would not do this. They are staying 11.6", 13.3", 15.4", and 17" for now and their notebook display size offerings. Apple is likely to phase out the 1280x800 resolution on the 13" and replace it with 1440x900 for all offerings in the future. The 11.6" will stay 1366x768. The 15" models will likely all adopt the high-resolution 1680x1050 resolution, with Apple phasing out 1440x900 on the 15" models with future revisions.
  19. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  20. Pooki, Jan 11, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2011

    Pooki macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    I always have to laugh when people say things like "Oh 13inch is perfect, I mean, try carrying a 15inch MBP around, it's waaaay to big/heavy" ..

    My current laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1720..17inch and 4 KILOGRAMS! :p I drag it to school every weekday..
    Surprisingly enough, almost everyone in my class who brings their laptop to school, owns a 17inch pc laptop..:rolleyes:

    I'm going to buy a 15inch MBP this year, it's perfect imo ^^ No need for 14inch
  21. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Whats the 15" 4 lbs at the most? Go lift some weights...
  22. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010

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