Who is interested in a bigger MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by maerz001, Apr 26, 2017.

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Would you prefer a larger MacBook?

  1. Yes, I would like a 14" or 15" MacBook

    58.1%
  2. No, I like the 12" MacBook more

    41.9%
  1. maerz001 macrumors 6502

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    Poll for the one who are interested in a bigger MacBook
     
  2. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    I would definitely go for a 14" MB, that would be the perfect laptop imo since I dont need the power of a MBP but would like something a little bigger than 12" for a screen.
     
  3. C64 macrumors 65816

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    For me 14-15" isn't enough of a difference, so I'd rather use a way more portable 12" and a big external monitor for desktop use.
     
  4. MacRazySwe macrumors 6502a

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    A 13"-14" MacBook, preferably bezel-less would be my ideal laptop.
     
  5. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000

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    I am thinking of the MB is 15" it would be too thin for the size. Prone to bending.
     
  6. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I've always tended to prefer small laptops and large desktops. I had a 12" PowerBook that got me all through college that I absolutely loved. I've been with 11" Airs for several years now and quite enjoy them. I don't think it should go any larger, but I'm a tad biased :p
     
  7. boltjames macrumors 68030

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    Yes, if my 12" were a 14" I'd be thrilled.

    So long as the thickness and weight stayed the same, I'd gladly take more screen real estate.
     
  8. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    Dying for one!

    Just sold my 12" the other day and went back to a 15" 2015 for now.

    My dream machine is a larger Retina MacBook
     
  9. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be interested. A 14in with the same resolution as the MBP 13in would be 215ppi, making it the lowest density retina screen, but not far off the 15in at 220ppi.

    Using a similar design to the current 12in rMB would yield a machine a little more svelte than the 13in Air. Give it 2 USB-C ports, a better webcam, and 16gb of RAM and I'd likely buy one.
     
  10. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    They likely wouldn't do a 14", it wouldn't make much sense from a lineup perspective but maybe a 13"... but they've kind of done that.

    I think the base 13" MBP should have been a 13" MacBook. The MacBook feels more personal and less of a machine, for me its likely because of the thinner design, colours, less squared off shape, weight, and not as 'clicky' keyboard. So doing a larger MB would be appealing over the base model for me. And I don't mind if it uses a 5W Core-i chip, they could even go to 7.5W with those as there would be more battery space. And it would be lighter than the Pro, probably around the 11" MBA weight.

    Ideally, I would love to have a Touch Bar and 2 TB3 ports on the 12" design. I think 2 ports on the MB is important and I hope they realize that computers are separate from iOS devices, they seem to be realizing that with desktops. It makes sense for charging while using a port, but also for charging an iPhone while charging the MB, which is commonly done by students.
     
  11. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    I sure hope not
     
  12. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    Why not? I think it is perfect for the MacBook market. It isn't suited to the whole of the MacBook Pro market though, which has become very evident to Apple. The MacBook market in general are people that are used to and coming from iOS, so it's natural to have a Touch Bar.
    Personally, while I really, really want a physical escape key, I find the Touch Bar very useful although it depends on the app. Now that Microsoft and Adobe have taken advantage of it, I use it a lot more.
     
  13. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    I just hate the touch bar. haha
    No reason beyond that honestly.

    I agree with you that the TouchBar type of functionality does seem well suited to a general MacBook buyer though - no question
     
  14. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I like it for app functionality but not as a replacement for the 'functions of the function keys', especially the escape key.
     
  15. dwfaust, May 18, 2017
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    dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Would you please cite the source to substantiate this claim? Sound a lot like "82.4% of all statistics are made up on the spot".
     
  16. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    Totally agree - I see no evidence at all that MacBook buyers are somehow "coming from iOS". It seems totally unrelated to me.
     
  17. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

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    Like the mb for it's portability and smaller size. Bigger Screen would be pointless for me, at that point would get macbook pro instead.
     
  18. eatrains macrumors regular

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    I'd like to see 12" and 14" MacBooks and 13" and 15" MacBook Pros (dumping the weird in-between 13" MBP).
     
  19. fruitninja, Jun 4, 2017
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    @maerz001 I just can't believe you made this thread, because if you didn't I had to. With the poll, and all that. ;)

    Maybe it's not just me, but wouldn't a 13.3" MacBook be a more straightforward successor of the 13.3" Air to the Air's user base, not the 13.3" basic Pro?

    Let's assume they really want to add a 2nd USB-C port to the MacBook 12" also, and they also wouldn't release a bigger version of it until they are not ready to squeeze in the 2nd port. You know how Apple doesn't want to be the first with those changes, they only introduce the changes when they feel the technology is ripe. Just think of a date when they went to the larger iPhones and where Android went there.

    After all, it must have cost a significant amount of money to develop and design the current, single 12" MacBook model, which is a niche product in itself, so why not add a little larger, more mainstream offering to the line so the development cost per unit would turn out to be lower? Sure, it may cannibalize the sales of the 13.3" basic Pro model, but isn't the Apple strategy is cannibalizing of the sales of some of their products in favor of others being the way forward? Just think of declining iPad mini sales in the wake of introducing the bigger iPhones.

    For those who want a 14" MacBook, and any arbitrary sizes: please tell us about your intended resolutions (and hence, pixel sizes as well). In the current Apple lineup, the 13.3" is the next logical step up. That doesn't mean they couldn't change to 14" or something, but it also means a new resolution and maybe pixel sizes.
     
  20. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    I thought the whole point of the MacBook was its size and weight (ala portability). If it gets bigger, even if Apple manages to somehow cut down weight, wouldn't it go against the grain of what Apple was trying to do with the MacBook in the first place?
     
  21. C64 macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. I never see this happing.
     
  22. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    Never know - The MacBook Air market is super strong still - I could see them making a 2nd MacBook size that's larger to try to be a more true replacement for the MBA.

    Most of my colleagues who have MBA's (and swear by them) are not at all interested in a size step down to 12" and the half hearted attempt to "create an MBA" from the current Pro bodies really misses the mark. That particular move felt straight out of the Bean Counter Tim playbook of cost reduction by reusing the Pro chassis. No thanks from the Air crowd.
     
  23. C64 macrumors 65816

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    I understand why people want a bigger screen but still more portability (and a lower price) than with the 15" MBP. But if it's about an Air replacement, the 12-13" difference between the rMB and Air really isn't that big. The resolution on the Air is 1440x900, and I believe that's also one of the standard options on the rMB, so no difference there either. The reason Air-fans don't want the rMB, as far as I can tell, is mostly about the connectivity.
     
  24. fruitninja macrumors regular

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    Did it occur to you that 1440x900 on a 13.3" screen is of a totally different ballpark and pixel size (PPI) than the same resolution on a 12" screen? Exactly the difference between 110% truly usable and barely usable if at all.

    Talking about me the issue is rather the previous one, not this.
     
  25. maerz001 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the whole point for Apple is making money;-) so either they see cut sales of the MBP or not enough sale of an introduced bigger MB.
     

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