Something to stay up for: While Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a powerful piece of equipment, there are various who want a extra compact, 14-inch model existed. Industry watchers have confirmed that Apple is making one which additionally ditches the dreaded butterfly keyboard.

Last November, Apple launched a 16-inch MacBook Pro that retains the identical footprint of the 15-inch model, successfully changing it whereas providing extra energy, a much bigger battery, considerably higher audio system, and a extra dependable, scissor keyboard.

Naturally, many had been enthusiastic about the opportunity of an analogous improve path for the 13-inch mannequin, which appeared logical and wasn’t denied by Phil Schiller throughout an interview concerning the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Schiller solely hinted that buyer enthusiasm across the new mannequin would improve the possibilities of seeing related issues finished to different merchandise in Apple’s lineup.

Apple is making a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro to complement 16-inch redesign

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there’s certainly a 14.1-inch mannequin with a scissor keyboard within the pipeline for someday later this yr. Even higher, Apple is reportedly trying to improve the show to mini-LED in 2020 and 2021 in a number of of its merchandise such because the 7.9-inch iPad mini, 10.2-inch iPad, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 27-inch iMac Pro, in addition to the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple’s alternative of mini-LED over OLED is sensible, as the previous has many of the advantages of the latter with out not less than two of the downsides. Specifically, mini-LED does not undergo from burn-in, and is inexpensive to fabricate as a result of higher yields on massive panels.

This is to not be confused with micro-LED, which is a unique beast that works quite a bit like OLED. Mini-LED shows depend on an array of tons of or hundreds of small backlight LEDs that make it doable to realize actually darkish blacks via native dimming.

Interestingly, Kuo notes that the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t pressured Apple to push again the discharge dates, and CEO Tim Cook mentioned this week throughout an interview that Chinese factories are beginning to reopen and ramp up manufacturing.