Apple might resurrect the tiny 12-inch MacBook

According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is resurrecting the 12-inch MacBook and may also release a 15-inch MacBook Air. Finally, it confirms the arrival of M2 Pro and Max chips for the end of the year or the beginning of 2023.

The new MacBook Air M2 in 13.6 inches

After the new MacBook Air and Pro 13, with the M2 chip, the rumors are starting again. Mark Gurman talks about the return of the MacBook 12, along with a new 15-inch MacBook Air.

The return of the 12-inch MacBook

The 12-inch MacBook has already existed, it was the precursor to the next generation MacBooks. It was the first Mac equipped with a butterfly mechanism keyboard (which caused a lot of problems), it also had a single USB-C connection (and a headphone port), it was light and compact and above all one of the first machines to integrate a low-power Intel Core m. This is a variant of the Core i with very low consumption, the MacBook Retina was thus devoid of an active heat dissipation system.

Macbook 12
The MacBook 12 Retina

No fan and therefore very quiet, this MacBook nevertheless quickly suffered from the heat generated and its performance was quickly reduced. Stuck between the iPad Pro and the MacBook Air, the MacBook didn’t have much of a future… Apple decided to simplify its MacBook range and remove this 12-inch format. With the new M1 and M2 chips, this MacBook 12 Retina could reappear. In any case, this is what Mark Gurman says.

A 15 inch format

Also according to Mark Gurman’s sources, a new 15-inch Air is being considered as a larger version of the 2022 MacBook Air unveiled at WWDC. According to the reporter, Apple originally planned to design the 2022 MacBook Air with a 15-inch display. However, Apple has reportedly decided to stick with a 13.6-inch screen that’s slightly larger than the 13.3-inch screen of the previous 2020 MacBook Air. Store-front analyst Ming Chi Kuo confirmed that this model is planned in the future, but it would not be intended for the Air range according to him.

Finally, Mark Gurman also reports that Apple plans to unveil improved M2 Pro and M2 Max chips later this year (or early 2023) in refreshed 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.


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