Rumors for a 14-inch MacBook Pro spoke of Apple including a 14.1-inch Retina display in its smaller 2020 MacBook Pro model. It seemed logical, seeing as how the 16-inch MacBook Pro replaced the 15-inch MBP version.
On Monday, Apple revealing a new MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard. (“Magic,” because it works.) But, it did not come with a 14-inch display.
The missing model, as well as the number of reports about the supposed 14-inch display does raise a few questions. Is Apple still going to launch a 14-inch display, and if so, when will it theoretically arrive?
Given the launch of the 13-inch model refresh, it seems extremely unlikely that Apple will want to launch a 14-inch model just two or three months later. Given it waited a year before updating from the 2019 model, it is reasonable to expect Apple to wait for a while before introducing a potential replacement.
However, the wait could be shortened if Apple has a good enough reason to release a model with a new display size, a new display technology, or a wholly different hardware architecture.
One possible reason could be a change in display technology, from a backlit LCD to something new. Based on the musings of TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that could take the form of Mini LED.
MacDailyNews Take: Of course, Apple could be saving their 14-inch Mini LED display for the ARM-based “MacBook” that most observers expect to arrive by 2021, if not sooner.