Apple retired the 12-inch MacBook in 2019, but a new survey of current owners suggests that the company may have different plans for the compact machine in the near future.
Owners of 12-inch MacBook are asked a variety of questions about the size, features, and other aspects of their devices
Apple is sending generic surveys to current owners of the 12-inch MacBook, according to a tip from Zollotech reported by MacRumors. The surveys ask about the laptop’s size, features, and what they would change about it. The technology behemoth previously sent out a survey about the iPad mini 6, attempting to determine whether there is a market for small, powerful tablets.
Perhaps Apple is pulling the same stunt here, and with Apple Silicon on board, it makes more sense than ever to launch the 12-inch MacBooks. Back in 2015, Apple touted the first-generation butterfly keyboard, as well as a fanless design and a single USB-C port that didn’t support Thunderbolt. While the product was praised for its extreme thinness and design, it also had some flaws.
For example, the 12-inch MacBook’s fanless design meant that it could only support a single Intel chip, severely limiting the machine’s performance, not to mention the annoyance that those butterfly keyboards caused users. If you recall, Apple had to provide free keyboard replacements to customers who had problems with their butterfly keyboards on not only the 12-inch MacBook but also other models such as the MacBook Pro.
Apple discontinued it and reintroduced the scissor-switch keyboard as a result of the problems, and if the company plans to relaunch the 12-inch MacBook, we believe it will stick with the updated keyboard switches to avoid problems. With the M1 performing admirably in the MacBook Air’s fanless cooling design, we’re optimistic that Apple will release something for the 12-inch MacBook in the future.
Perhaps a more affordable notebook for students and other customers interested in diving deeper into the ecosystem is in the works. However, it may be just another survey, and Apple has no plans to act, so whatever happens, we’ll keep our readers informed.