What I'd like: 14 inch MBP

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  1. pinsrw macrumors regular

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    I just did a quick measurement and I realized that the 13.3" MBP enclosure is just big enough to accommodate a 14.0" display. If anyone from Apple is reading the forums, my biggest wish (more than the i3 processor) is for a 14 inch MBP. I already enjoy the portability of the 13.3", but 14 is the next logical evolution of this laptop, keeping the same aluminum housing. Maybe the "Macbook Pro" lettering at the bottom won't fit with a 14" screen, but I could do without that anyway.

    Update:
    It turns out 14.5" screens are available now, too. They're being used in HP laptops:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157281
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157277

    A 14.5" display is 9% larger than 13.3".
    A 17" display is 10% larger than 15.4".
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The screen size isn't that big issue for me. It's all about the resolution. 14" is only 5.3% bigger than 13.3" is so that wouldn't even be noticeable plus they would still use the same resolution
     
  3. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I'm sure anyone from Apple that reading this will make sure Mr. Jobs changes the 13" to a 14" screen for the OP. :p
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I think they should shrink it to 12" and use a 1440x900 display. :p
     
  5. pinsrw thread starter macrumors regular

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    For comparison, Windows laptops that with 14" are 1366x768, not 1280x800, and since Apple is committed to providing higher dpi, they would probably have to offer 1600x900, which at 14 inches is 130 dpi and therefore a hi-res display. I think that's pretty much the best they could achieve in a very-portable laptop. But it may be that other improvements would merit their attention more, such as providing an SSD. Personally I don't mind a sluggish hard drive, I'm not editing videos every day or anything.
     
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    If there are 13" displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution, surely Apple can squeeze 2560 x 1440 into a 12". 1440 x 900 is so today.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Apple would provide 1440x900, assuming they kept the same 16:10 aspect ratio. The resos you mentioned are 16:9. The reso they can put in to 14", can be put into 13.3" so not really a need for 14"
     
  8. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

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    I can think of a few situations where an extra .7 inches might be wanted, but would it really make that much of a difference? What if the larger screen made the whole top casing more vulnerable to breakage as it does have the slight curve towards the end...I say leave it as is. I have to say I was please that it was a 13.3" when I only thought it would be a flat 13"...
     
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Nah, wouldn't be noticable enough. Unless instead of making a 13", 15" and 17" they made a 12" 14" and 17":confused:
     
  10. pinsrw thread starter macrumors regular

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    It turns out display makers can do 14.5 inch, as you can see here with this HP laptop. Its display is low-res but surely they can manage something higher-resolution. I think 14.5 would be enough to make a difference. Apple may need to remove the curve that you mentioned, but they probably want to anyway since they're favoring squarish shapes now as evidenced by the iPhone4.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157281
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157277

    Also I think the 15.4 inch, because its price is so close to the 17 incher, might as well be scrapped. It would be better to have one 14.5", one 17" (better yet 17.3), and the Macbook.

    A 14.5" display at 1440x900 is 117 dpi.
     
  11. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

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    Well this could be a possibility. Didn't they used to have three size versions of the iMac? I didn't pay attention to them much before I got one. 17", 20" and 24"?
     

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