It’s happening: Apple is bringing back the 12-inch MacBook

The rumor: A smaller MacBook with a 12-inch display is on the table again at Apple, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • Apple may be reincarnating the beloved 12-inch MacBook after formally discontinuing it in 2019
  • While weak Intel processors and an unreliable keyboard hindered the performance of the device, a fresh design and Apple Silicon could breathe new life into the product
  • Said to release in late 2023 or early 2024, the new 12-inch MacBook won’t materialize for quite some time still

Sam’s take: While small screen sizes on Macs have never made since in my mind…it’s clear the broader community feels different. Lots of folks online seem to be yearning for a new baby MacBook and it seems like Apple is listening. So let’s see if they get things right the second time around: I have a feeling they will.

Apple is working on a foldable iPad/MacBook that might look like this

The rumor: In the works at Apple right now is a new hybrid tablet and laptop device, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).

  • “I’m told Apple has indeed been exploring a dual-screen, foldable MacBook/iPad hybrid that would take the second approach. It would trade in the physical keyboard and trackpad for a fully touch-screen base…the device has been in development for the past couple of years” Gurman says
  • Reputable display analyst Ross Young (100% accurate) was the first to reveal the existence of this 20-inch all-screen foldable a few days ago

Our take: I am firmly in the camp that believes Apple experiments with a lot of different devices and technologies…but only chooses to release a select few that they believe will really change the status quo. For example, Apple could make a TV screen tomorrow. They’ve been shipping incredible screens on products for years. But they likely haven’t done so because they haven’t found a truly compelling option that would differentiate them from the existing incredible displays made the likes of LG and Sony.

My point being that I’m highly skeptical on this device right now. Hey, maybe it comes one day. But there’s just no benefit I see from this foldable technology at this point in time. Just imaging typing on a flat touch screen keyboard all the time

Apple investigating 20-inch foldable Mac displays

The rumor: Apple is currently showing interest in a foldable Mac display much larger than any notebook they have created, according to Ross Young (100% accurate).

The report…

  • Apple is said to be in discussions with suppliers on a 20-inch foldable screen to be used in a foldable laptop
  • Young speculates that this device could create a new category for Apple…it could be a dual use product: a laptop with a full size keyboard when folded, and an external monitor when unfolded
  • The purported device could release as early as 2025, with a more reasonable estimate of 2026-2027

Ian’s Take: While this product is many years away, this is exciting. It looks like Apple has been saving their radical ideas for Apple the Apple Silicon transition, and I cannot wait to see what else they come up with.

Apple launches MacBook upgrade program so you can always get the newest one

The news: Apple has officially launched a new upgrade program where you can get a new MacBook as soon as every 90 days…but it’s only available for business customers right now.

  • As spotted first by Max Weinbach, the program is available now on Apple’s business portal…but you can also apply here
  • You can get any MacBook Apple sells right now for 3% of their retail list prices: 13-inch MacBook Air for $30/mo, 13-inch MacBook Pro for $39/mo, 14-inch MacBook Pro for $60/mo or 16-inch MacBook Pro for $75/mo
  • This MacBook upgrade program sounds very similar to Apple’s public iPhone upgrade program that has been offered for years

Our take: I have a feeling that Apple is testing the waters with their business customers first, but I see no reason as to why they wouldn’t offer this to customers eventually. More folks than you would think like having the latest tech from Apple, and with the success of the iPhone upgrade program, the precedent is already here.

Apple ARM Mac event likely happening on November 17

The rumor: Apple will unveil the first-ever Mac with Apple Silicon inside in mid-November, according to Jon Prosser (85.2% accurate).

  • At least one new ARM Mac powered by Apple Silicon is expected at the November event, which Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate) has also rumored
  • Leaks suggest it will be either a new version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro or the reincarnation of the ‘MacBook’ line
  • AirTags, Apple’s Tile competitor, may also be coming at this event

Our take: Prosser, whose credibility increased significantly following Apple’s last event, was spot-on when leaking the date for Apple’s October 13 event. So we’re likely just over a month away from the first ever Mac made with Apple Silicon!

Apple Silicon ‘MacBook’ refresh possible this year with up to 20 hour battery life

The rumor: Apple is planning to reintroduce the MacBook line later this year with an A14X processor inside, according to The China Times (66.7% accurate).

  • The revamped MacBook is said to way less than 1kg (2.2 lbs)
  • You may be able to get 15-20 hours of battery life due to the new architecture
  • A Retina display will measure 12 inches diagonally

Our take: This marks the second time we’ve heard that Apple is planning to announce the revival of the ‘MacBook’ lineup later this year. Seems like the strategy will definitely be to start small and build up to more expensive devices later on.