Rumors have been swirling for the past few weeks that Apple may be reintroducing a 12-inch MacBook to its product lineup, but where is there hope for some who might revel in this news? Not everyone is convinced of its accuracy.

As reported by MacRumors (opens in a new tab), initial whispers began to surface right after the M2 chip's announcement at WWDC 2022 by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who predicted the lowest form factor MacBook would launch. in late 2023 ( opens in a new tab) or early 2024, though no information was provided on what the laptop itself would look like.

As such, we have no idea if this speculated version would be a MacBook Air, a more powerful MacBook Pro, or something entirely new.

In fact, another prominent analyst has come forward to shatter any expectations about the prediction. Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants (opens in a new tab) stated in a tweet (opens in a new tab) available only to his super-followers that “We are skeptical of a 12-inch MacBook at this time. Apple's laptop strategy is currently 13″ and larger. The companies in the MacBook Pro display supply chain we spoke with are not aware of this."

It goes without saying, but while these two analysts are respected in their fields and have provided accurate information in the past, take it all with a grain of salt. The prediction game can be very imprecise, and Apple likes to keep a tight rein on its product launches, so either side has the potential to be wrong in this case.

Despite the lack of actual evidence, this wouldn't be an unusual move by the tech giant, as it has already released several 12-inch laptops over the years, both as high-end and entry-level devices. we'd have to wonder where it fits into Apple's current hardware lineup.

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Apple MacBook Air (M1,2020) back cover

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The 12-inch MacBook was fantastic when it launched in 2015. Small laptops weren't all that common back then, which made their offering of a small, sleek, and lightweight 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 that on a 12-inch MacBook too.

The question is, if a new 12-inch MacBook is aimed at everyday 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 would be used, as such a small screen would be restrictive for people who normally need a Pro device: graphic designers, sound engineers, etc.

Heck, even the iPad runs on Apple Silicon these days. It's a bit more restrictive to run iPadOS than macOS, but if you really value form factor over capacity, it's 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 make it to the mainstream market for everyday consumers, and the Studio Display appears to have been created solely with creativity in mind.

I won't speculate, but I will express one hopeful outcome: It's time for a 2-in-1 MacBook. I'm a fan of what the iPad and iPad Pro offer artists and content creators, especially when paired with Apple. Pencil, so a macOS hybrid device would really have the potential to replace a lot of my devices, as long as it could connect to more than one display.

A girl can dream, but I refuse to speculate. We'll have to keep looking for new evidence to support the existence (or lack thereof) of a new 12-inch MacBook in the coming months.

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