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According to a forum post made by a reputable user on the Chinese website WeiPhone, Apple could release a new 12-inch MacBook in the near future. The slim notebook is expected to be released without a fan, and will feature a redesigned trackpad and Retina display. The all-new trackpad will lack a mechanical button for tactile clicking, leaving multi-touch gestures as the sole method of input.

This is the same user that leaked the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in the past, making this rumor slightly more credible. It also helps that well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already predicted last October that Apple will be launching a 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at some point this year. The notebook will combine portability and productivity into one… 

Kuo shared his thoughts on the 12-inch MacBook Pro at the time (per MacRumors):

We expect the unprecedented 12″ model will boast both the portability of the 11″ model, and productivity of the 13″ model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era.

The forum post also calls for updates to the MacBook Air in the near future, while a refresh to the MacBook Pro line is slated for November. Apple last released new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros in June and October respectively, making both notebook lineups due for an upgrade. Just don’t expect the non-Retina MacBook Pro to be around much longer, as it is likely going the way of the iPad 2 soon.

Would a 12-inch MacBook be the perfect screen size for you?

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I want Apple to refresh the Mac Mini…

    • Domingo E. Mojica

      I agree. The MM is overdue.

    • In terms of the internals, yeah, it’s about time they upgraded it to Haswell. In terms of design though, nothing needs changing; the current outer-body design seems modern (gotten rid of the CD slot) and premium (like none-5c Apple products).

    • illK†Δ

      Yes! I wish the made it look like the new Mac Pro. This square design is old and takes up more room than it should (for me at least)

  • mondo

    is this why the ipad pro is being put to one side….?

    • It might be a merge of the two, kinda like the Surface Pro…

      • eXoguti093

        Of a laptop and tablet? Tim said they believe in keeping the tablet and personal computer experience separate, they don’t like what they’ve done merging the too

      • SJ said smaller tablets are a joke compared to the iPad, look what happened; they unveiled the iPad mini. Guess SJ wouldn’t have done it himself…

      • eXoguti093

        Eh I’ll be surprised if they do, ’cause I think I’ve heard them say more than once that the experience should be separate and different, but you never know, things do change but I really do doubt it with this

      • felixtaf

        Thats Y they released 7.9″ tabs. lol..

      • Kenneth Lin

        Tim said that just a few days before the unveiling of the iPad mini. What he was trying to get at was that the iPad mini was not at all a 7 inch tablet, but closer to an 8 inch one. After all, during the presentation, Apple made many references to Google’s Nexus and said how it was inferior to the iPad mini in terms of available screen real estate.

      • “What he was trying to get at was that the iPad mini was not at all a 7 inch tablet, but closer to an 8 inch one.”

        Technically, it’s not = 7″, but if you’re living in the present age, you’d realize a every 7.X” tablet is referred to as a 7″ tablet…same applies to every 10.X” tablet like my Surface Pro.

      • Kenneth Lin

        I know, and that’s incorrect. Tim’s point was that it’s so much better than a 7 inch tablet that Steve loathed, and I completely agree with him. He didn’t go back on his word, so to use that example to show that Apple will merge iOS and OS X together is just wrong.

      • So, he wasn’t lying about it, he just used tricky words to move people’s attention away from the topic. Same with the refrigerator-toaster stuff here; they’re not making a refrigerator toaster, they’re making a 2-in-1 (Laptop and Tablet) form-factor PC.

      • Kenneth Lin

        The refrigerator-toaster wasn’t the only comment on him on this. There are many more recent examples of other Apple execs saying they wouldn’t do the 2-in-1 PC, and it’s hard to interpret them as meaning otherwise.

      • Pez Tickles

        its not 7″ tablet…..its a 7.9″ tablet

  • rockdude094

    It would be awesome to have a hybrid macbook that has the shell of a Pro similar specs to an Air but higher clock speed on the processor and more memory and a modest price tag.

  • Carlos Gomes

    Isn’t that too small to experience a regular laptop experience?
    Your eyes are gonna hate reading a 10-9px font.

    • Really? Sounds like you could use a pair of glasses. I Have no problem reading details on my 10.6″ Surface Pro screen at 1600×900 resolution distant an ARM length away…

      • MagicDrumSticks

        What strong logic you have sir…

      • Carlos Gomes

        I said “a regular laptop experience”, not a 15 minutes trip on twitter. Reading small letters will cause eye strain. Period.
        You may not need a pair of glasses, but you sure need to chill and quit trying so hard to be an e-messiah.

      • Litchy

        +1 for that Carlos Gomes.

      • grumpyfuzz

        You know you can always change the font size 🙂

      • Carlos Gomes

        Yeah, I already do that on Coda 2, but it can’t be done on every piece of software.
        The thing is that, in my opinion, a 12 inch MacBook brings nothing of value. Sure it’s more portable, but we already have tablets for that. If a tablet won’t do the job because you need to do proper work on it – coding, word processing, designing, etc – a 12 inches laptop won’t solve your problem, because the display isn’t comfortable enough.

        This is nothing but my opinion, ofc.

    • ilikepear

      Do not believe so. Used to 11 inch MBA, and i do not feel any text too small.. its scaled so the text should appear similar as it would on my 27 inches ATD, so 12 inches should be acceptable. Lacking screen real estate for multitasking.. yeah.

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    What’s better? Getting a smaller 12 inch MacBook or getting a 15 inch Mackbook?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I have a 15 inch MacBook and love it although it is rather big and heavy. I don’t think there’s any difference performance wise between the 12 inch and 15 inch other than the 15 inch comes with a dedicated graphics card if you buy the top of the range model. Other than that I don’t think there is any differences so it comes down to your own personal preference do you prefer the smaller more portable 12 inch MacBook or would you rather something bigger…

    • Quang

      it depends

  • Jeffrey

    damn it i just bought my first macbook ever (pro retina) after saving money for over a year and now i hear the macbook is getting a new design! fml!!!

    • Quang

      a cylinder-shape macbook pro with a virtual screen 🙂

      • Jeffrey

        yeah right lol

  • Joaquim Nascimento

    My 15 rMBP is the best piece of hardware I have and won’t be replacing it any time soon, so it seems.

  • oioile

    I wish to see an 15inch macbook Air under 3 pounds.
    I am having a 15inch macbook pro now. I love the screen size and feel uncomfortable to work on my friends’ 13inch MacBooks. I am ok with non-retina screen, but I always feel it too heavy.

  • Fanless? Sounds like it’ll be running on a rebranded Intel Atom or ARM processor…otherwise, expect “Macs are exploding” to make headlines in the near future.

  • I know this is not about the article but when I try to go to the disqus dashboard it brings me back to the home page. Is there something wrong with it?

    • Try clearing your browsers cookies and cache. They seem to have gotten rid of the page they used to call the dashboard. It’s content is now accessible from the home page (disqus com/home/#) by clicking the “People”/”Replies”/”Me” tab…

  • blastingbigairs

    And I’ve never understood why Apple hasn’t made a touchscreen Mac yet???? That would finally make me upgrade my 2009 27″ iMac for sure.

    • Anthony

      Tim cook made some interesting comments when they released iOS 7 – He said that they could make these types of design changes because they have trained the user how to interact with their phones, through gradual updates. I suspect that introducing a click-free trackpad that forces the user to interact with their computer in a smartphone/tablet like way is just one step on their journey of converging iOS and OS X. Microsoft tried to do this and failed miserably. Users weren’t ready for the dramatic UX changes.

      • blastingbigairs

        Several people I know who use W8 with touchscreen don’t mind the touchscreen feature, they just don’t like the new mobile-like IOS interface. There has to be a happy medium between IOS and OSX that would make for an amazing touchscreen experience. If anyone can do it, it would be Apple. I still see it coming in the near future.

  • Genuine question here…Why do people not maximize their windows/apps on OSX? Is it because if you do max the window and then close it and the next time you reopen it, it doesn’t remember you maximized it? Or…?

    • ilikepear

      Its for productivity/multitasking purposes. The OS expands as much only to show all contents of the application, without white spaces.

      This feature allows you to reference another website when you type your notes, or scroll on websites while its not in focus. Because on OSX, app automatically gain focus when the mouse is over the app’s window, no need to click it like in Windows.

      Example:

      Opening 2 chrome pages side by side, you can scroll on both by just hovering over the window without issuing any clicks.. so you can continue typing on your office word/notes (the cursor did not move to chrome).

      This is particularly useful for people who uses macbook, as they have to work on both trackpad and keyboard.. save them quite a few steps.

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Most pointless product that will be made. Really? A 12inch MBProRD? And without fans? No wonder Macs will never be used for gaming. A fan is an essential part of a computer, take that away, and it will cool down once it begins to heat up. Slimmer isn’t better, how about keeping it slim, but with all the essentials of a laptop, one of the main things being a fan. I’m pretty sure Apple is going to announce an external fan that only works with Macbooks, just to make more money. Hungry Hungry Apple.