Comparing Physical Dimensions of MacBook Pro 14-Inch (2021)

Comparing physical dimensions of the new MacBook Pro 14-Inch (2021) with other select 13-inch Mac models.


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Table comparing dimensions with nearest to new 14-inch MacBook Pro bolded:

Model Height Width Depth Weight
13-inch MacBook Air (2010) 0.68 (1.7 cm) 12.8 (32.5 cm) 8.94 (22.7 cm) 2.9 lbs (1.32 kg)
13-inch MacBook Pro (Early 2015) 0.71 (1.8 cm) 12.53 (31.4 cm) 8.62 (21.9 cm) 3.48 lbs (1.58 kg)
13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020) 0.61 (1.56 cm) 11.97 (30.41 cm) 8.36 (21.24 cm) 3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)
14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) 0.61 (1.55 cm) 12.31 (31.26 cm) 8.71 (22.12 cm) 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)

The closest model by overall size and weight is the 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the new 14-inch model is 2.5 mm thinner (“Height” in table) than it.

Model Height Width Depth
13-inch MacBook Air (2010) +1.5 mm +12.4 mm +5.8 mm
13-inch MacBook Pro (Early 2015) +2.5 mm +1.4 mm -2.2 mm
13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020) +0.1 mm -8.5 mm -8.8 mm
14-inch MacBook Pro (2021)

In fact the listed Height (laptop thickness), Width (chassis along display width) and Depth (chassis along display height) for the 2015 MBP are all within 2.5 mm differences, which is less than a tenth of an inch. Many cases or sleeves or backpacks that could accomodate a 2015-era 13-inch MBP should handle the new 2021 14-inch MBP without any issues.

And the weight of the new 2021 14-inch model is also the same as the 2015 13-inch model:

Model Weight
13-inch MacBook Air (2010) -0.6 lb
13-inch MacBook Pro (Early 2015) -0.02 lb
13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020) -0.5 lb
14-inch MacBook Pro (2021)


Model 2010 13-inch MBA 2015 13-inch MBP 2020 M1 13-inch MBP 2021 14-inch MBP
Display 13.3 inches 13.3 inches 13.3 inches 14.2 inches

The new 2021 14-inch model manages to fit its Liquid Retina display that is larger diagonally by almost a full inch (0.9 inch) into a chassis that is similar in size to older 13-inch models. Have you heard the good news of “The Notch”?

Model Comparisons to new 14-inch MacBook Pro

13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020)

The M1 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 is as thin as the new 14-inch model, but its smaller overall display width allows its chassis to be ~8.5 mm less wide and tall vs. the 14-inch model.

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13-inch MacBook Pro (2015)

The MacBook Pro models from 2015 have become a collector’s item since they were prior to the “Touch Bar” and re-designed key switches keyboard found starting in 2016 models that started a dark ages for many MacBook Pro-s users. As it happens, its chassis has about the same footprint (for both size and weight) of the new 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.

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13-inch MacBook Air (2010)

The trend-setting 2010 MacBook Air had quite a large bezel around its non-Retina screen, which adds to its chassis dimensions when compared to recent models in the same size class. It was also even thicker, likely due to the packaging and thermal solutions required for its novel (at the time) thinner-package Intel processors.

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16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) versus 17-inch MacBook Pro (Early 2008)

As a curious point of reference, there were once 17-inch MacBook Pro-s sold. And their feet were visible in product shots. Its highest resolution display option was “17-inch (diagonal) antiglare TFT widescreen LED backlit display with support for millions of colors” with supported resolutions: “1920 by 1200 (native)”.

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Dimension Height Width Depth Weight Display
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008) 1.0 inch (2.59 cm) 15.4 inches (39.2 cm) 10.4 inches (26.5 cm) 6.8 pounds (3.08 kg) 17.0 inches
MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021) 0.66 (1.68 cm) 14.01 (35.57 cm) 9.77 (24.81 cm) 4.7 lbs (2.1 kg) 16.2 inches

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro trims off 2.1 pounds (1.0 kg) – over 30% lighter – compared to 2008 17-inch model.

And it’s close to one-and-a-half inches less wide along the display width, over half-an-inch less along display height direction, while coming within 0.8 inch of the thirteen-years older 17-inch MacBook Pro’s display active area.

And it’s over 30% thinner (but alas, without a DVD drive built-in).


Published on October 19, 2021