After the success of its M1 silicon, Apple is reportedly working on the M1X/M2 chips now. There are also rumors that a new 14-inch MacBook will be coming out sometime soon. Now, Apple is sending surveys to some users, asking if they would be interested in a 12-inch MacBook.
For those who are new to the Appleverse, the 12-inch MacBook used to be a part of the MacBook lineup from 2015 to 2019. The MacBook was priced between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. It was aimed at people looking for a compact notebook with the computing power and battery backup to last the day.
However, with the 2019 refresh of the MacBook Air, the 12-inch MacBook was scraped. This year, we have the M1 iPad paired with the Magic Keyboard, pretending to replace the compact MacBook. According to MacRumors, the survey included basic questions about the size, features, and what would users like to change about it.
12-Inch MacBook: A Mini Mistake, Or Not…
Despite using an iPhone 12 Mini as a primary device, I can say that the compact form factor comes with its own limitations. Also, the iPhone 12 Mini didn’t exactly turn out to be as popular as Apple and the others thought it would be. When Aaron Zollo asked Twitter about the 12-inch MacBook, the platform seems divided, yet more than 50% didn’t want it.
Same way, we can think of the 12-inch MacBook as a compact notebook, but it might not make as much sense as simply buying an 11-inch iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard. On the other hand, a 12-inch MacBook sits perfectly with the audience that wants a more compact machine.
We should take this survey from Apple with a grain of salt, and assume even if the 12-inch MacBook is to make a comeback, it isn’t happening anytime soon. So far, Apple has also completely missed out on a full-blown 2-in-1 MacBook. So if the company is to make a 12-inch notebook, might as well throw in touch screen, macOS, and a 2-in-1 design.
Assumptions aside, Apple is picking up with the foldable phones as the company has patented designs for foldable iPhones. If the same case is to come to MacBooks, the 12-inch model makes for the ideal platform, given the energy efficiency and processing power of the M1 chip.