References to 2016 12-Inch MacBook Spotted in OS X System Image Utility [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An updated 12-inch Retina MacBook may be launching before the end of April, according to information discovered in Apple's System Image Utility feature and in the OS X Server application by a source that shared details with 9to5Mac.

    System Image Utility lists the existing early 2015 Retina MacBook and an early 2016 Retina MacBook, which has yet to be released. Given that it's earmarked as an "early" 2016 device, the next-generation Retina MacBook should be coming soon, as Apple refers to "early" for devices that launch during the first four months of the year. The same 12-inch early 2016 MacBook is listed the OS X Server application.


    The Retina MacBook first launched in April of 2015, so an April 2016 update at the one year mark makes sense. A refresh will likely be minor, leaving the overall design unchanged but introducing upgraded internals, such as one of Intel's Skylake chips.

    Skylake chips appropriate for the Retina MacBook have been available since the later months of 2015. The new Core M Skylake processors offer 10 hours of battery life and 10 to 20 percent faster CPU performance compared to the Core M Broadwell processors used in the first-generation Retina MacBook, along with 40 percent faster graphics performance.

    There are no mentions of new Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models in OS X Server or System Image Utility, and it continues to remain unclear when exactly we might see refreshes for those machines.

    A rumor yesterday suggested Apple is working on "ultra-thin" 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks, but it is not known if those machines are in the MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air family. Apple is said to be targeting a June or July launch date for the mystery MacBooks, which lines up with a potential debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

    Update: Additional investigation of OS X 10.11.4 by Pike's Universum has led to details on the low-power Skylake processors Apple will likely use in the 2016 12-inch MacBooks, which are in line with expectations.

    References to the Core m3-6Y30, Core m5-6Y54, and Core m7-6Y75 have been found.

    The low-end Core m3-6Y30 succeeds the Core M-5Y31 and will likely be used in the entry-level 12-inch MacBook, which Apple sells for $1,299. The middle tier Core m5-6Y54 replaces the Core M-5Y51 and is likely to be used in the higher-end 12-inch MacBook Apple sells for $1,599, while the high-end Core m7-6Y75 replaces the Core M-5Y71, the chip used in high-end 12-inch MacBook custom configurations.

    Article Link: References to 2016 12-Inch MacBook Spotted in OS X System Image Utility [Updated]
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    May 9, 2015
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  3. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    This should make MacBook owners happy who are wanting a update
  4. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    Wish somebody would have twirled down that Mac Pro though...
  5. iamrandyellis macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2016
    Chicago, IL
    Since I'm running a Mid-2011 MBA it's time they start the discussion to release something.
  6. Goldfrapp, Mar 23, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2016

    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    My girlfriend has never been satisfied with 12 inches. So I surprised her with a bigger one for her birthday.
  7. Johnny Vegas macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I didn't realize Apple was still in the personal computer business. Glad to see they are still working on new models ;)
  8. UltimaKilo macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2007
    It's unfortunate the MacBook won't be a viable product until at least Cannonlake or its 2018 successor.
  9. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    The current MacBook speeds have been compared to a 2011 MacBook Air. Anyone know what Skylake for MacBook could be compared to in terms of older MacBooks?
  10. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    What's interesting is that it says Early 2016. Products released at WWDC are usually referred to as "Mid".

    I guess either Apple originally planned to release it at the March event but cancelled last minute, or we're going to see a silent refresh by the end of April.
  11. aldrinjtauro macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2014
    Birmingham, AL
    Just did. It tops out at Late 2013.
  12. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    What's good with that MacBook Pro. Early 2016 or nah?
  13. jmgregory1 macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and a few other places around the world
    I'm surprised Apple has not updated the Macbook Retina's yet. I get that for what they are used for, the older chips are likely fine, but more power and better graphic performance, without any negative cost to battery life, seems like a no-brainer update. It's definitely something I'll consider for my travel laptop, instead of the iPad Pro 12.9" I had been considering. Most of what I do is keyboard based, so the laptop form factor makes more sense and I already have an iPad Air for times when I want / need something even more portable.
  14. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    Cool good news.

    I wish Apple would simplify there line up.

    Rebrand the Current Macbook as Macbook Air and kill the current Macbook Airs, release a 14" macbook with less bezel so it remains the roughly the size of the 13" Pro. Same thing for the Macbook Pro. Make it only a 16" model in the footprint of the 15" of today.

    Macbook Air 12" (Fanless, entry level)
    Macbook 14" (Thinner but not as thin as current macbook with roughly the same footprint as the current 13" Pro)
    Macbook Pro 16" (Same footprint but a little thinner then the current 15" Pro. Two models. One with high end intergrated graphcis and another with dedicated.)

    I would buy that 14" in a heartbeat.

    I fear Apple is going back to the 90's era with to many product lines and devices. It should really be simplified.

    Macbook Air
    Macbook Pro

    Mac Mini
    Mac Pro

    iPad Mini
    iPad (Drop the Air moniker or give it to the mini)
    iPad Pro

    iPhone Mini/Air/SE
    iPhone Pro/Plus
  15. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    Dang. Thanks.
  16. aldrinjtauro macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2014
    Birmingham, AL
    Nope. The only reference to a future model is the MacBook.
  17. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    What if it's already been silently refreshed, and we just don't know it.
  18. peterh988 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2011
    Waiting for a new MBP. This 2007 model has served me exceptionally well, but now's the time to retire it.

    Need either a 13" or 15" (see what they offer) and space grey if possible. (I know, sad!)
  19. jsavvy macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2011
    I hope apple doesn't make everything fanless. I'd rather hear the occasional fan noise than lose processing power.
  20. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    Wouldn't be surprised if it was 12", 14", 16" (Reducing bezel to accommodate a larger screen.).
  21. aldrinjtauro macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2014
    Birmingham, AL
    That's pretty much what it is/will end up as. Confusion in the iPhone and iPad lines stems from an overlap in features/generation. Once the Air 2 is phased out, it'll probably end up as iPad mini, iPad, iPad+ (or Pro). Phones will probably do something similar, but the mini release might be staggered about half a year regardless, just to help with chip production. MacBooks will probably end up settling into two families.
  22. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Early 2016? I guess that means i the next month. Silent update incoming.
  23. b0nd18t macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2012
    Wonder if they will wise up and add more ports or just upgrade internals.
  24. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    please replace the Air @ a $999.99 price point with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD :D
  25. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Early? Going to be Mid 2016 by the time it's released.

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