Will there be a 14"/15" MacBook this year?

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  1. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    With Thunderbolt 2 or above?

    Guesses/rumours/estimations please!
     
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  3. Yixian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ... If Apple don't have a consumer laptop larger than 12" by the end of 2016 there will be something seriously wrong lol.

    So are they expecting the entire back to school crowd to go with 12" screens this year?
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I hope that Apple does not give the 15" MacBook Pro the same treatment as the new MB. Making it thinner and removing all the ports would be a mistake! But Apple is obsessed with thin right now!:rolleyes:
     
  5. Yixian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I've given up on expecting Pro to mean Pro, I just want a reasonable processor and then I'll take whatever they've got, thinness and all. All I need is Thunderbolt 2 for an external GPU and I'm set.

    Would be pretty bizarre if the only way to get a screen bigger than 12" this year would be to buy a MacBook Pro..
     
  6. Dwayne82 macrumors member

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    If my feeling is correct, there will be a 14" rMB, but it will be presented early/mid 2016.
    My prediction of the Apple MacBook roadmap (just from the gut):

    April and/or July '16
    - 2.Gen rMB 12" (Skylake)
    - 1.Gen rMB 14" (Skylake)
    - Last processor-update for the existing MBAs
    - Updated rMBPs with additional USB-C ports

    Late '16
    - 2./3. Gen rMB 12"/14"
    - rMBP updates

    Early/mid '17
    - Big rMBP-updates (Thinner, some ports will disappear, ...)
    - MBP 13" (w/o Retina) will be no longer produced

    2019 / 2020
    - MBAs will be no longer produced

    Around 2025
    - A rMB-successor will be revealed
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I understand how you feel. I replaced my MBPro 15 with a maxed out i7 2014 MBAir that I am very happy with. I need the USB ports and having a SD card slot is very handy for me. I do not wish to carry a bag of dongles around with me. The MBAir 13 will do me for a year or two.
     
  8. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    They'll probably just buy a MBA like they always have done, or a Pro. Most will avoid the 12".
     
  9. Yixian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Are we really saying that there will be no portable updates until mid-2016?....

    Is that the general consensus?
     
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    Wish they would bring back a 17" model for us 50+ generation.
     
  11. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    Why would they?!? That's what they created the MacBook for. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    That's just my opinion, but except of a Broadwell-Update for the 15" rMBPs in Q4-2015 i would say: Until early 2016, yes, no portable updates.
     
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    Because Apple can not leave well enough alone. Everything must get thinner to the point of sacrificing usefulness.
     
  15. Yixian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    In the MBP forum there seems to be a consensus that Skylake MBPs are possible this year. Aren't the lower power Skylake chips ready earlier than the one's to be used in the Pros? If so why wouldn't Apple release a new Skylake consumer laptop this year? Presumably with 14" or more.
     
  16. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    I think march/april 2016 for all portable mac updates to skylake, but as with everyone else it is only a guess based on very limited information. I can't see why you are surprised this fits in perfectly with their upgrade cycles.

    In my opinion it'll never get thunderbolt, maybe a USB C with higher bandwidth and maybe an extra USB C but thats it.
     
  17. Dayv macrumors 6502

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    I think the MBA will stop being produced by the end of 2018, personally. Possibly sooner.
     
  18. Yixian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So you think Apple will wait 7 to 8 months to introduce processors being released in August/September?

    Their upgrade cycle often includes a release in November eg. Santa Rosa.
     
  19. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    I don't think there will be a 14"/15" MacBook this year, but I think there's a fair chance of one next year.

    Any thoughts on the CPU for a hypothetical 14" MacBook? My guess is Core M cTDP up to 6 W (as opposed to what looks like 5 W in the 12").
     
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    My guess is that Apple thinks of ThunderBolt as a professional feature and will likely not make it part of the MacBook line. Just how FIreWire was never in any of the MacBooks and only in the MacBook Pro models. There is even more of a reason to think that there won't be ThunderBolt in the MacBook line when Apple is pushing video out the USB-C port.
     
  21. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Based on the general rumours about the release date of the Y series Skylake processors, I still don't think these particular Skylake processors will be released until earliest late Q4 2015, more likely Q1 2016.

    This should time nicely for an annual update for the MB.
     
  22. soupcan macrumors 6502a

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    Get the 17" MBP back, and give it a Retina display.
     
  23. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Agree with this logic, but you never know, with the new smaller TB3 connector a future possible 14" model might give you one USB-C on the left and one TB3 on the right, but most likely not on this 12" model.
     
  24. lchlch macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think there will be a 14" MacBook because that goes against the philosophy of th 12". I.e to pack a full laptop experience into as small a package as possible.

    However I do think that they'll introduce a 14" mbp which takes design queues from the 12". And dump the 13", and 15".

    It makes the lineup much clearer imho.
     
  25. maflynn Moderator

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    I agree but by the same token, I felt the same way with the 12" laptop when it was only a rumor. I didn't think Apple would roll out a 12" laptop which would eat into the 11 and 13" models.

    At this stage, I'm not taking anything off the table in terms of what Apple may or may not do.
     

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