Apple has abolished the 15-inch MacBook Pro in favor of the larger 16-inch MacBook Pro, and now it looks like Apple will stretch the same screen to its smaller model with the introduction of a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro. This forecast comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reports 9to5Mac. Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro was not a fundamental redesign of the 15-inch model, but it brought design to the modern era of thin edges. It makes sense for Apple to take the same step with its smaller model, and Kuo anticipates that the update will be released this year.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro may take a while because, according to previous rumors, a revised 13-inch MacBook Pro is still on the way. This model must have the 16-inch model’s scissor switch keyboard and leave Apple’s troublesome butterfly switches in place. Supposedly, the next 14-inch MacBook Pro would have the same enhanced keyboard. That would be great news for MacBook Pro users, because the 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard is the best thing we’ve experienced in the laptop family.
Kuo did not mention a specific launch window for the new MacBook Pro, but he does not believe it is the only product to be launched. Instead, the 14-inch MacBook Pro will be part of a range of new Apple products with mini LED scatter technology. In addition to the 14-inch MacBook Pro, Kuo introduces a revised 16-inch MacBook Pro, a new iMac Pro and three new iPads from Pro to Mini. All six devices are expected to feature a mini LED display.
The new screen technology has the potential to increase the color gamut, contrast ratio, dynamic range and energy efficiency of Apple monitors. For portable devices, this is a valuable improvement and can go beyond thinner panels. It is not just the images that should improve in the next versions of the MacBook Pro. The leaked benchmarks also showed that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with the 10th generation Intel Ice Lake processors.
These benchmarks came from a leak that also spotted the 16-inch MacBook Pro before its launch. And if the next version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro receives Ice Lake processors, it’s a good guess that a 14-inch version too. That is, unless Apple Macs switch to AMD. Nor does Kuo expect the recent outbreak of the Corona virus to affect Apple’s ability to deliver these new products in 2020.