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

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.

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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.

Related Roundup: Retina MacBook
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9 weeks ago
My girlfriend has never been satisfied with 12 inches. So I surprised her with a bigger one for her birthday.
Rating: 27 Votes
9 weeks ago
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
Macbook Pro

Mac Mini
iMac
Mac Pro

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

iPhone Mini/Air/SE
iPhone
iPhone Pro/Plus
Rating: 23 Votes
9 weeks ago
Wish it said 13", 15" or 17".
Rating: 16 Votes
9 weeks ago
I didn't realize Apple was still in the personal computer business. Glad to see they are still working on new models ;)
Rating: 12 Votes
9 weeks ago

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
Macbook Pro

Mac Mini
iMac
Mac Pro

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

iPhone Mini/Air/SE
iPhone
iPhone Pro/Plus


Thank you, this is exactly what I said in another thread. When Steve came back in the late 90s he took a convoluted product line and simplified it down to 4 products. I realize we now have the iPhone, iPad, iWatch, etc. now, but still, it does appear to be getting more and more confusing as of late.

Come on Apple, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!
Rating: 7 Votes
9 weeks ago

My girlfriend has never been satisfied with 12 inches. So I surprised her with a bigger one for her birthday.



Did she let you watch? ;)
Rating: 6 Votes
9 weeks ago

Wish it said 13", 15" or 17".

Wish it said MacBook Pro
Rating: 5 Votes
9 weeks ago

Wish it said 13", 15" or 17".


Wouldn't be surprised if it was 12", 14", 16" (Reducing bezel to accommodate a larger screen.).
Rating: 5 Votes
9 weeks ago
I hope apple doesn't make everything fanless. I'd rather hear the occasional fan noise than lose processing power.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago

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.

What if it's already been silently refreshed, and we just don't know it.
Rating: 4 Votes

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