Should I wait for the 14" Pro ?

anjanesh

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I have a 2018 MacBook Pro 15" which I use like a desktop (magic mouse and keyboard).
I want to get a smaller Pro with atleast 16GB RAM just for my travel purposes so that I can carry it around.

The max config I can get from India is https://www.apple.com/in/macbook-pro-13/specs/ - 2.4GHz quad‑core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM + 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory.

I am wondering if I should wait for the rumored 14" Pro version which some say may be out in first half of 2020.
Should I ? DDR4 RAM in 2020 ? i9 ?
 
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darkmatter343

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Interesting, didn't know they limited your selection in India. Is it possible to order from Europe? I suppose alternatively, you could take a day trip to the closest country that does have more selection :)
 

Howard2k

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There are no reputable rumours of a 14". It might well end up that we continue with a 13" but with an update keyboard. There have been rumours to that effect.
 
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There are no reputable rumours of a 14". It might well end up that we continue with a 13" but with an update keyboard. There have been rumours to that effect.
would be great to see a 14", but didn't TC saythere wasn't going to be a 14" or at least suggested this.
 

BootLoxes

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Even if the 14" doesnt come and we get another 13", its better to wait for that because of the new keyboard alone. Only get one now if you truly need one immediately
 
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ls1dreams

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Definitely wait. I wouldn't touch anything with the current butterfly keyboard unless you want to be out $700 in a year or two.
 

Moonjumper

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It could be a bigger screen, but not 14". The larger MBP went from 15.4" to 16". If the 13.3" increased by the same proportion, it would be 13.8". Although that could end up being rounded to 14" anyway (3840 does end up being called 4K for example). 13.8" would still be a nice increase, but it would be nice to see a full 14".

The scissor keyboard and physical escape key are also important upgrades if the smaller MBP is to follow the bigger version, so I suggest waiting if you can.
 

AJB1971

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I would wait, solely for the new keyboard.

It's also possible that the base storage will increase to 256GB, if that's a consideration? The last version of the 15-inch had 256GB whereas the 16-inch starts at 512GB.
 
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anjanesh

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Interesting, didn't know they limited your selection in India. Is it possible to order from Europe? I suppose alternatively, you could take a day trip to the closest country that does have more selection :)
The apple products I get here are from an Apple Premium Reseller Maple which also provide local insurance which covers theft and physical damage which Apple Care doesn't provide. Also, Apple Care+ is not available here in India. And custom configuration is not possible here. We need to buy predefined hardware configs.

(Dell seems to have recently introduced custom config for their Precision workstation laptops. It allows upto 128GB RAM)

I guess I'll wait for it till May.
 
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Dominus Mortem

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Count me in as saying to wait. I feel like a new 13/14" MBP will be a Q1 product. Whether the viewable screen area increases, only Apple knows.
 

Fishrrman

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One more vote "to wait".
Although just how long you'll have to wait is unknown.
I was thinking "May/June", but some indications are that it may arrive a little earlier.
 

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Do your homework, Apple has a 4 yr replacement program on all the butter fly keyboards.
And yet you have to be without your computer maybe even multiple times. What happens on year 5? The 2016 MBPs will be rolling off that repair program but for some people they've had numerous repairs. Yeah its great it hasn't cost them for the repair but being without a laptop can be a challange.
 
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urkel

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MacBook Pro: 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM

Thats my biggest reason to wait it out. 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM may be justifiable on an Air but its pretty ridiculous for a “Pro” machine. And since Apple actually is making an effort to address the “Pro“ community then its not unreasonable to see those defaults going to 256GB/16GB. (Well, maybe not 16GB but still. Each of those custom upgrades cost $200 each so if youre buying for the keyboard anyway then anything else is just a bonus)
 

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The 16 is a 15 footprint, so it's reasonable to think that the next 13 is going to be "14".
The 16" is closer to the same footprint as the 2015 MacBook Pros. The weight, display, and body size are only marginally increased, but when you put it all together it definitely feels like a bigger laptop than the 2016-2019 15" models (at least it does to me).

13" users tend to care a lot about portability and won't want anything to get bigger or heavier, so I'm guessing Apple will only go up to 14" if they can keep it extremely close to the exact same footprint as the current models, or make it smaller and lighter.
 
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anjanesh

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13" users tend to care a lot about portability and won't want anything to get bigger or heavier, so I'm guessing Apple will only go up to 14" if they can keep it extremely close to the exact same footprint as the current models, or make it smaller and lighter.
But 8GB RAM is just too low.
 

darkmatter343

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But 8GB RAM is just too low.
8gb ram will unfortunately be around as a standard for another year. Anyone buying a Macbook Air, or base Macbook Pro 13 with 8gb, probably has a workflow where 8gb is more than sufficient even if we all agree 16gb should be standard.

Apple will only upgrade when the cost of 16gb doesn't bite into their margins, and/or when 8gb is hindering the base line performance currently seen using 8gb. Eg; as software or MacOS evolves and requires more ram... but it could be another OS release away with how good OSX handle's memory.
 

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so it's reasonable to think that the next 13 is going to be "14"
Its conjecture, but I get the logic. To add to fuel to the fire, we have apple's market share shrinking and they're selling laptops, so it stands to reason they'll want to make moves to reinvigorate their model line. While I don't think we'll see a 14", I won't fully dismiss it at this point