Rumors have surfaced in recent weeks that Apple may reintroduce a 12-inch MacBook into its product lineup, but where there is hope for some who might be amused by this news, not everyone is convinced of its accuracy.
As reported by MacRumors (opens in new tab), initial murmurs began to surface shortly after the M2 chip was announced at WWDC 2022 by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Gurman predicted that the Smaller form factor MacBook would be released in late 2023 (opens in new tab) or early 2024, although no information has been provided on the nature of the laptop itself.
As such, we have no idea whether this speculated release would be a MacBook Air, a more powerful MacBook Pro, or something entirely new.
In fact, another prominent analyst came forward to thwart any expectations regarding the forecast. Ross Young of Display Network Supply Chain Consultants (opens in new tab) claimed in a tweet (opens in new tab)only made available to his super followers that “We are skeptical on a 12-inch MacBook at this point. Apple’s strategy for notebooks is currently 13-inch and larger. The companies in the MacBook Pro display supply chain we spoke to are not aware from that “.
This goes without saying, but while these two analysts are respected in their fields and have provided accurate information in the past, take all of that with a pinch of salt. The prediction game can be extremely inaccurate and Apple The love is to keep a tight lid on their product launches so either party has the potential to be wrong in this case.
Despite the lack of real evidence, this wouldn’t be an unusual move by the tech giant, as it has previously released several 12-inch laptops over the years as both high-end and entry-level devices, although we have to question their place among the lineup. Apple’s current hardware.
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The 12-inch MacBook was fantastic when it launched in 2015. Small laptops weren’t that common at the time, which made the offering of a small, light, and stylish laptop all the more unusual and exciting.
Apple would even have an easier time making the design work these days now that it has its own Silicon, allowing devices like the 2020 MacBook Air to run a fanless design thanks to the first M1 chip, so it’s not inconceivable to put this in a MacBook. 12 inches too.
The problem is, if a new 12-inch MacBook is aimed at mainstream users, why not just buy the MacBook Air 2022 M2? It’s not much bigger at 13.6 inches and has all the slim charm of its smaller predecessor. It also seems unlikely that a 12-inch MacBook Pro will see much use, as such a small screen would be restrictive for people who normally need a Pro device – graphic designers, audio engineers and so on.
Heck, even the iPad is equipped with Apple Silicon these days. It’s a little more restrictive to run iPadOS than macOS, but if you really value form factor over capacity, then this is an ideal solution when paired with the Magic Keyboard.
Apple is no stranger to making hardware with niche appeal. The current version of the Mac Pro desktop computer was so expensive at launch that it would never penetrate the mainstream market for average consumers, and the Studio Display appears to have been created with only creatives in mind.
I won’t speculate, but I will express a hopeful result – it’s time for a MacBook 2-in-1. I’m a fan of what the iPad and iPad Pro offer artists and content creators, especially when paired with the Apple Pencil, so that a device hybrid with macOS has the potential to replace many of my devices as long as it can connect to more than a single monitor.
A girl can dream, but I refuse to speculate. We’ll simply have to keep an eye out for more evidence to support the existence (or lack thereof) of a new 12-inch MacBook in the coming months.