I just purchased a Compaq V2310 for work and the 14" widescreen is stunning and the size of the laptop is only slightly bigger than an iBook. I wish Apple would adopt this type of display for their next iteration of low end Powerbook and iBook. Just my two cents...
I don't think you're alone! A lot of people are annoyed that the larger screen on the 14" iBook doesn't add resolution. Literally, the only two reasons to get a 14" are that you want a DVD burner, or that you have poor eyesight and refuse to wear glasses.
Apple just might make the 14" a widescreen when it goes to Intel chips. 1280x768 would be great for 720p videos, as well as for some more common computer uses, such as keeping an iChat buddy list visible while you browse the web.
why 13.3? What's the significance? I wouldn't understand this move, seeing as how 14" screens are now readily available for production
Sony has been using 13.3" screens in their S series laptops. The laptops measure 12.3" x 8.85" which is a slight advantage over 14" laptops (like the Compaq 13.15" x 9.1"), but the resolution is still 1280x800.
Still, Sony's 13.3" offerings are in the $2500 range. I've seen 14" widescreen Compaq's at Best Buy and Staples for $900. The difference in specs is no where near worth $1600!
I used to think Apple didn't use the 14" because it would be too expensive to put on a low- priced laptop, but I guess not.
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This is my thinking exactly! Sony charges a premium because their name is stamped on the made in china machine, and because the 13.3" screen is not as readily available as the 14" screens are Hence it should be more expensive for Apple to build a machine around 13.3" screens