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FlyingTexan

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Just curious. I love my 12" but staring at these bezels I'd really love to see it become a 13 or even 14" with the same fanless design. My Huawei MateBook X Pro was the best designed laptop I've ever seen but I hate windows. Would be nice if they stepped it up to that design.
 

ascender

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Nope, nothing, nada.

There seems to be a few schools of thought, but I've not seen any rumours which back any of these up, its all just guesswork.

1. For a while, people thought the MacBook would be the first to be transitioned to ARM due to its form factor and target market.
2. The new MacBook Air is the replacement.
3. Apple see the iPad and iPad Pro as the replacement for the MacBook.

In short, nobody knows!
 
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Hieveryone

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I hope it comes back. I love mine. When it stops working well, I definitely want to upgrade to another one. I use my 2019 15" base model for most stuff, but man does that 12" come in handy when ya need it.
 
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BODYBUILDERPAUL

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I'm with Ascender on this!

The MacBook was cutting edge design in 2015 but in 2020 I feel that the next MacBook Pro 13" with Touch Bar is the better design. The T2 security chip, touch ID and four USB-C ports with wide colour games P3 display lead the way for me.
I do prefer the slightly heavier, thicker design of the MacBook Pro. I was never a fan of the fragile thin Apple design of a few years back - they all feel so fragile.

I loved the 12" MacBook at the time but i've found the 12" screen just too small for my every day machine. For me, here in the UK it was 25% over priced and very hard to justify plus that finless Core M was just too tiny.

It's so important to move on and look towards the future and it's time guys for everyone to put the MacBook behind us and embrace Apple's future line. Certainly the 16" MacBook Pro design with 8TB SSD & 32GB RAM options has been a great start.
 
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jzy

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I have the 13inch 2018 MacBook Pro, if Apple releases a new 12 inch MacBook in similar form factor as the discontinued model, I would buy it in an instant as "upgrade"

the MacBook Pro is great, but I miss the portability and form factor of the MacBook
 
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Florida Gator

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I loved the 12" MacBook at the time but i've found the 12" screen just too small for my every day machine. For me, here in the UK it was 25% over priced and very hard to justify plus that finless Core M was just too tiny.

See, I think for people who are looking for one single every day laptop, the 12" probably isn't the best option (for some it is, I concede). The problem is for people like me, who want the best of both worlds and have a 27" iMac for the heavy stuff but want something ultraportable for the sofa and travel.
 
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AxiomaticRubric

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See, I think for people who are looking for one single every day laptop, the 12" probably isn't the best option (for some it is, I concede). The problem is for people like me, who want the best of both worlds and have a 27" iMac for the heavy stuff but want something ultraportable for the sofa and travel.

There is also the use case of connecting the MacBook to another Mac or PC through a remote desktop app. At home with fast WiFi, the graphics and processor bottlenecks of the MacBook are easy to overlook if it can connect to a much more powerful desktop computer.
 
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Malus120

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One can only hope. But given that Apple officially discontinued the line I wouldn't hold my breath.
They really are amazing little machines though, packing enough compute to get stuff done (albeit not particularly quickly) into a package so light you can bring it with you without thinking.
While it's true the design had some serious compromises, neither the 13" MBP or MBA even come close in terms of portability, and that's a real shame.

The iPad, while light and powerful in its own right, is... not capable of replacing a 12" MB... even with a trackpad and most likely even after the release of iOS 14.

Like I said I really hope Apple changes their mind on this one :/
 
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azentropy

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Nope, nothing, nada.

There seems to be a few schools of thought, but I've not seen any rumours which back any of these up, its all just guesswork.

1. For a while, people thought the MacBook would be the first to be transitioned to ARM due to its form factor and target market.
2. The new MacBook Air is the replacement.
3. Apple see the iPad and iPad Pro as the replacement for the MacBook.

In short, nobody knows!

Yep I still think it will be #1. My bet is still first ARM based Mac will be a MacBook.
 
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retta283

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The MacBook Air is what the iBook/2006-11 MacBook was. It's the consumer Mac notebook. The 12" MB never tried to be this, it was trying to be something else. I would assume that Apple thought its distinction was reduced greatly by the 2018 Air and discontinued it. As it stands with Intel I doubt it will return.

Whether they will launch one with an ARM chip, I cannot say yet. But if we are to assume that all ARM Macs would use the same A13X or whatever, the only difference would be screen size and ports. The MacBook and Air would be very similar. I wouldn't be shocked to see it, but I think it doesn't fit in very well.
 
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ascender

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Yep I still think it will be #1. My bet is still first ARM based Mac will be a MacBook.

So, now that there's a credible rumour about a Smart Keyboard folio with built-in trackpad, does that make it a viable replacement option for more people?
 
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azentropy

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So, now that there's a credible rumour about a Smart Keyboard folio with built-in trackpad, does that make it a viable replacement option for more people?

For me? no. I have no interest in an iPad with a keyboard even with a built-in trackpad. I absolutely love my iPad(s), but I love it as a tablet and pairing it with that type of accessory defeats many of the benefits for me.
 
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FlyingTexan

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I’m a pilot. All I do is travel. The 12” MacBook has been fantastic. Only surpassed by the 14” MatebookX Pro.

If Apple could push the display to the corners to turn the 12” into a 13.3” I’d buy it yesterday. The portability is amazing and frankly when using it for work or watching media my 2017 machine feels ever bit as snappy as my 32GB, i7 8th gen, RTX 2070 (desktop) laptop.

I don’t care about benchmarks I care about real world usage and Somehow this 2017 8Gb MacBook is just as fast as any other machine for what I use it for. (Except gaming hence the other system).
 
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Hieveryone

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I’m a pilot. All I do is travel. The 12” MacBook has been fantastic. Only surpassed by the 14” MatebookX Pro.

If Apple could push the display to the corners to turn the 12” into a 13.3” I’d buy it yesterday. The portability is amazing and frankly when using it for work or watching media my 2017 machine feels ever bit as snappy as my 32GB, i7 8th gen, RTX 2070 (desktop) laptop.

I don’t care about benchmarks I care about real world usage and Somehow this 2017 8Gb MacBook is just as fast as any other machine for what I use it for. (Except gaming hence the other system).

I agree it feels plenty fast. No issues here.
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For regular stuff, my MacBook doesn't feel any slower than my MacBook Pro...

But I do all my major stuff on my Pro though.
 
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