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Apple has dropped its most compact laptop in an overnight reshuffle of the MacBook family, and is also said to be planning a large-screen notebook with a 16-inch display.
First up, the 12-inch MacBook – which has long been the thinnest and lightest in the company's laptop line-up – has been put out to pasture.
The small footprint, slim profile and 920 gram weight earned it popularity with many business travellers seeking a barely-there notebook with solid battery life, although the single USB-C port hampered life on the road.
The 12-inch MacBook was edged out by the 13-inch Retina MacBook Air which launched last year with a lower price, better specs, a second USB-C port and Touch ID fingerprint security, albeit wrapped in slightly larger and heavier model.
Apple's mid-2019 refresh of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Air is modest, adding True Tone display technology which dynamically adjusts the colour and intensity to match ambient light levels so that images on the screen appear more natural. There's also an always-welcome drop in price, with the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Air landing at $1,699 compared to last year's $1,849 starting price.
At the other end of the scale, reputable industry analysts expect Apple will pull back the curtains on a premium MacBook Pro before the year is out.
Tipped to have a screen of 16 to 16.5 inches clocked to even higher resolution than the current 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, the flagship laptop would also predictably be driven by a new Intel processor.
It could also debut with a new keyboard design, ditching the troublesome 'butterfly' mechanism for an improved and more reliable 'scissor' design.