Apple could launch a new 14-inch MacBook Pro in May
Apple is expected to refresh its 13-inch MacBook Pro range sometime in May, according to a new tip-off from the very reliable Jon Prosser. The new model is likely to replace the existing version with a bigger 14-inch screen, slightly narrower bezels, a new scissor-switch Magic keyboard, and the latest Intel CPUs. Here are more details.
14-inch model likely to retain the footprint of 13-inch version
Apple recently upgraded the 15-inch MacBook Pro model with a 16-inch version, without any noticeable increase in the footprint or weight. Hence, we can expect a similar transition for the upcoming model as well. The tech giant is likely to trim the bezels on the 13-inch model to achieve a 14-inch form-factor, while retaining the premium metallic build and slim profile.
The new model could also feature mini-LED display
Last month, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had noted that Apple could replace the LCD Retina Display of the 13-inch model with a mini-LED screen. This display technology can deliver higher brightness and contrast ratio, and doesn't have burn-in issues that mar OLED screens.
It will also get the improved Magic Keyboard
Most interestingly, this 14-inch model will come with a Magic Keyboard that recently debuted on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new keyboard replaces the faulty butterfly mechanism with scissor-style switches that are more reliable and resistant to dust particles. We also expect to see a new layout featuring a physical "Escape" key, an inverted-T arrangement for the arrow keys, Touch ID, and Touch Bar.
What else do we know about the 14-inch MacBook Pro
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro should also come with the latest Intel chips, higher RAM and storage options, a bigger battery, improved stereo speakers, as well as studio-quality mics that we saw on the 16-inch model.