It seems that the MacBook may not have gone forever. Almost two and a half years have passed since Apple launched the last of its 12-inch MacBook models, all for the month of June 2017, and rumors emerge about its return in MacBook 2020 mode.
In this article we wanted to collect all the rumors related to the new version of the 12-inch MacBook, including its possible release date, prices and last generation processors.
In fact, the rumor we have detected most strongly is that a new MacBook will be on the company's radar, which could use a processor first manufactured by Apple, capable of running both iOS and macOS.
If you are interested in purchasing a more powerful Apple laptop, we advise you to consult The MacBook shopping guide to buy in 2019.
Made in Apple processor
The new MacBook may be the first Mac to be launched with an Apple processor, instead of using an Intel chip. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg He said that 2020 seems to be the date set by the brand to launch equipment with its own processors (probably based on ARM);
Other Bloomberg report April 2018 also speaks in this regard.
The initiative, whose code name is Kalamata, talks about Apple's capabilities to integrate the new hardware with its own software and operating systems, which could result in systems with better battery life, according to the Bloomberg report.
This will be the first major transition since Apple decided in 2006 to change the use of PowerPC chips, developed jointly with IBM and Motorola, to adopt those of the Intel brand, with which it has since.
For some time, Apple has been designing its own system components on chip: the first internally designed processor was the A4, which came to the iPhone 4 in 2010 (and later to the iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV).
The coprocessors also arrived later, which since the introduction of the M7 in 2013 with the arrival of the iPhone 5s, have been used to track the steps (and, later, the elevation). Then, in 2013, Apple chips added a security element where they store biometric and payment data.
In 2016, the first Mac appeared with one of these chips designed by Apple inside: The T1 chip of the MacBook Pro in charge of managing the Touch Bar and the Touch ID, as well as the Secure Enclave.
Already in 2017, Apple launched the iMac Pro with the T2 chip. This T2 chip is now being used in the MacBook Pro and in the new MacBook Air, where it deals with security, storage, audio, image processing, system administration and the "Hey Siri" wizard.
New chip for a new OS
But Apple's plans go beyond offering some chipset additional ones that support the central core that has so far depended on Intel processors.
Ace, a 9to5Mac report Last year, a project with the code name Star is underway, which is related to the creation of its own ARM-based processor. The report indicates that this new hardware You can run iOS on a Mac.
Does it mean that the new MacBook can run iOS alongside macOS? Analysts believe that this new chip manufactured by Apple will be used for a completely new family of devices that run an iOS derivative.
The 'Star' project is related to a product that has "a touch screen, a SIM card slot, GPS, compass, contemplates water resistance and also runs EFI". EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface), which is the boot system used by Macs.
What remains to be seen is whether we will see the arrival of this new MacBook before 2020, for which 9to5Mac suggests that the first ARM-based Mac could come true, although without specifying whether it will be announced but its final availability delayed for later.
Apparently, the 'Star' prototypes are being manufactured by Pegatron (which makes other Apple iOS devices). A small number of units have been sent to Cupertino so they can be tested by Apple employees.
We are all eager to know more details about this MacBook computer that may come with Apple's proprietary processor based on ARM cores, and with iOS and macOS operating systems, or even both.
It was precisely this year when Apple has canceled the manufacture and sale of the 12-inch MacBook in favor of the renewal of the MacBook Air, a model for which very few people bet heavily due to the cannibalization between the two.
This is not indicative that Apple has chosen to completely abandon the laptop that went down in history because it is the lightest in the company. Thus, everything indicates that the official launch could take place at some time in 2020 or 2021, but without much more delay.
If you are one of those who still want to get a 12-inch MacBook, you should know that you can do it, but through a wholesaler or store selling discontinued equipment. Currently, Apple has removed it from its portfolio.
In the event that Apple decides to launch the new model in 2020, most likely those still in the market, can see how its price rises. You can consult the section of Apple refurbished equipment, since sometimes equipment of this type goes on sale.
The last models that were sold had the following benefits:
- Intel Core m3 Kaby Lake 1.2 GHz dual-core, 256 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 615 graphics.
- Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake 1.3 GHz dual-core, 512 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 615 graphics. Price from 1,429 on Amazon.
His main competitor was the MacBook Air, for which the current price of the 2019 model amounts to 1,249.
If the MacBook returns, we are likely to see some significant physical changes. We have no doubt that the bezels will now be thinner, so that the screen size is increased by at least an inch diagonal, without increasing the size of the notebook.
The MacBook was already incredibly thin with 13.1 mm thick (the phones average 8.8 mm), and weighs only 0.9 kg, which makes it 24 percent lighter than the old MacBook Air .
However, compared to the redesigned MacBook Air that was launched in 2018, the MacBook is only a smaller fraction (28.05 cm x 19.65 cm) and 0.92 kg compared to (30.41 cm x 21.24 cm and 1.25 kg of weight). So, to compete with that, the new MacBook will need to reduce a little more.
In recent years, since Apple introduced the so-called butterfly keyboards' (or butterfly) on their Mac laptops, MacBooks have been plagued with problems to the point of having had to launch replacement programs.
The problem seems to be that if dust is stored below a key, it can stop its operation. To solve this incident, in these versions it was necessary to replace the entire keyboard to fix a single key.
In fact, Apple continues to have a defective keyboard replacement program running for free. This program includes the latest MacBook Pro 2019 and MacBook Air 2018, as well as all MacBook models since 2016.
However, to enter the free keyboard replacement program, you must justify having the MacBook for at least four years.
The somewhat more rudimentary scissor-shaped switch mechanism seems to offer better results. Despite needing a longer key travel when pressed by the user, the problem of dust trapped under the keys is corrected.
Touch Bar and Touch ID
Since its arrival in 2016, some MacBook Pro models have had a touch bar or Touch Bar on the top of the keyboard with which it is possible to handle shortcuts for everything from associated applications to emojis.
It will make sense that Apple introduced this Touch Bar in its new MacBook, in fact, it has kept it in the new MacBook Pro and has empowered developers to implement solutions and functionalities specific to each program.
What seems an imperative and not an option is the presence of Touch ID, something we already saw that happened with the MacBook Air presented this year.
The latest version of MacBook 12-inch marketed has a screen with resolution of 2,304 x 1,440 pixels and 226 dpi. The new MacBook may get True Tone, a technology that first appeared on the iPad Pro before reaching the iPhone and MacBook Pro.
True Tone adjusts the color and white balance to better adapt to ambient lighting, so users can benefit from less visual fatigue, in addition to the colors may appear more accurate.
The new MacBook Air that was launched in 2019 already implemented True Tone so it is said that Apple is considering an OLED screen for the MacBook, at least according to Korea ETNews sources. However, we doubt that this can materialize in the short term.
It seems that the possibility of sharing your iPhone's cellular connection with the MacBook is not enough for Apple, which is still working on improving the user experience and in an Always On connection mode.
Thus, the brand will have registered a patent in the US Patent and Trademark Office. UU., With which you can allow the company to integrate hardware LTE on the new MacBook, making it the first Mac with cellular capability in the Apple range.
Along with LTE connectivity, the patent describes the use of Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and satellite connectivity, and mentions ways to increase the signal without interference from the MacBook's metal body.
There is a design change that we really do not think could occur in the short term, but that is still interesting because it allows the use of a portable folding screen.
Rumors arise at the time of the registration of a patent discovered by Patently which suggests that Apple is working on a hinge design that will allow it to make a shell-shaped MacBook.
According to the patent, the complete chassis of a MacBook will be made of a single piece that folds in half thanks to a "flexible portion" referred to as a "live hinge".
In the patent application, Apple describes it as the flexible portion so that the rigid material is folded in half, acting as a laptop cover.
And here all the rumors that exist today in the network of the new 12-inch MacBook. If you want to know everything we know about the new MacBook Pro 2020, check out the article on the 16 "MacBook Pro: Rumors, premiere, design and specifications.
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