12-Inch MacBook 2017 Rumors: LTE, A Force Touch Keyboard, And A Price Drop

Simon Alvarez - Author

Mar. 5 2017, Updated 5:40 p.m. ET

The 12-inch MacBook is one of Apple’s most polarizing devices the tech giant has ever released. Featuring an Intel M-series processor, a single USB Type-C port and a new keyboard with extremely shallow travel, the 12-inch MacBook was not a machine for everyone. Compared to the MacBook Air, which boasted an Intel Core i-Series processor, a variety of ports and an excellent, classic keyboard, the 12-inch MacBook initially appeared to be Apple’s marginally successful experiment.

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This year, however, the 12-inch MacBook might be in for some notable upgrades, and with these improvements, the device might finally be able to take a crack at the MacBook Air’s loyal fanbase. While official details about the device are scarce, rumors about the upcoming ultrathin notebook are abounding, and they are highly encouraging.

A MacWorld report has stated that the design of the 12-inch MacBook 2017 might very well feature the same frame as the machine’s previous two iterations. A new color option might be added to the MacBook 2017 lineup, but design-wise, expectations are high that this year’s ultraportables from Apple would feature much of the same look and feel as the device’s 2015 and 2016 variants.


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