Will Apple Bring Back the 12-Inch MacBook in 2023?

Apple has plenty of MacBooks in its 2022 product lineup. However, one MacBook model in particular has been missing from the lineup since 2019; the 12-inch MacBook.

With Apple’s low-power silicon chips taking MacBooks to new vertical heights, a new 12-inch MacBook makes a lot of sense today, but will Apple bring it back?

Why did Apple discontinue the 12-inch MacBook?

We can only speculate on this topic, as Apple hasn’t officially revealed why it discontinued the 12-inch MacBook. This particular model was controversial as it made radical compromises to achieve its design and introduced changes that hindered the user experience.

For starters, the 12-inch MacBook was the first computer to use Apple’s controversial butterfly keyboard. Its design allowed dust and debris to get under the key easily, causing it to malfunction. Butterfly keyboard problems were so widespread on Apple laptops that it was necessary to open a repair program for faulty keyboards.

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Will Apple Bring Back the 12-Inch MacBook in 2023?

Another controversial change Apple made with the 12-inch MacBook is to use only one USB-C port for most of its connectivity, which caused headaches for consumers if they wanted to charge and connect a different peripheral to the laptop at the same time. Same time.

Lastly, the 12-inch MacBook featured a mediocre 480p FaceTime camera, even though the 720p cameras on other MacBooks at the time were one of the many downsides to buying a Mac.

Aside from the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro selling for nearly identical prices, it didn’t make much sense to have the 12-inch MacBook in the lineup, especially with the disappointing performance of Intel Core M chips and a fanless design. However, we believe that Apple would not face these problems if it released a new 12-inch MacBook with a silicon chip from Apple.

How a new 12-inch MacBook would compare to the old one

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Image credit: Apple How a new 12-inch MacBook would compare to the old one

The 12-inch MacBook was already very thin and light, so a new one probably wouldn’t see much more progress in those regards. However, we could see the boxy design we know and love on the M2 MacBook Air, 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The 12-inch size would make it extremely portable and easy to transport, one of the reasons people love to buy MacBooks in the first place.

No doubt Apple’s silicon would improve performance and battery life, as the Intel Core M chips used inside the machine weren’t ideal for a computer that costs $1,299. We can expect it to have the same screen as the MacBook Air and, like other models, it could swap out the butterfly keyboard for a scissor keyboard, which Apple introduced in late 2019 with the 16-inch Intel MacBook Pro.

Is Apple working on a 12-inch MacBook?

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Is Apple working on a 12-inch MacBook?

Noted Apple reporter Mark Gurman has speculated about the return of the 12-inch MacBook in the near future. According to Gurman’s Bloomberg article:

“Apple has also started work on a new 12-inch laptop and is considering releasing it in late 2023 or early 2024.”

That said, Gurman isn’t sure if the redesigned 12-inch MacBook would be a lower-end device or a higher-end model that sits alongside the MacBook Pro lineup currently available in 13-, 14-, and 16-inch sizes. screen sizes

On the other side of the rumor mill, a MacRumors Report in June 2022 he stated that Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, is skeptical of a new 12-inch MacBook.

However, there isn’t much information on the specs or design of the rumored 12-inch MacBook, so we’ll have to wait and see if more details emerge in 2023.

Should Apple bring back the 12-inch MacBook?

Despite some rumors of a possible 12-inch MacBook revival, it likely won’t happen as there aren’t many details about the product and supply chain leaks don’t support the rumors. Plus, Apple already has a wide variety of MacBooks in its lineup.

However, Apple’s silicon does allow for the possibility of a new 12-inch MacBook, as it can solve a fair number of the problems the original had in terms of performance. Therefore, we strongly believe that Apple should give the 12-inch MacBook another shot in 2023 and see how the community responds.

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