Apple may still be considering re-launching the 12-inch MacBook

News Summary:

  • The author of the post is the user “yeux1122,” who has had mixed success compiling reliable Apple rumors. An alleged source at a Taiwanese component supplier to Apple claims that Apple is getting ready to reintroduce the 12-inch MacBook. The company hasn’t officially said whether the product will launch, but it does appear to be considering its future. Nevertheless, it is claimed that the device’s production activities are still in progress. Apple reportedly intends to announce whether mass production of the device will begin as early as the second half of this year.

  • Apple may still be working on bringing back the 12-inch MacBook.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there are no current plans to release a new 12-inch MacBook model. Ross Young, a display analyst, also expressed “skepticism” about Apple introducing new MacBooks with displays smaller than 13 inches.

Last year, rumors that Apple would reintroduce a 12-inch MacBook model using Apple silicon. Gurman predicted that the device might appear at the end of 2023 or in the early months of 2024. The new 12-inch MacBook was removed from the company’s near-term roadmap last month, but he did not completely rule it out. This suggests that the device could still be delayed until 2024 or later, which would be consistent with the most recent claims from Naver.

The first 12-inch MacBook, released in March 2015, had a fanless design, a USB-C port, and a butterfly switch keyboard. It was also extremely thin and light, weighing only two pounds. In June 2017, Apple released an update for the 12-inch MacBook, which was then discontinued in 2019. There was a resurgence of interest in the possibility of a new 12-inch MacBook after it was revealed that Apple would switch to its own proprietary silicon chips for the Mac.