Apple didn’t announce a new MacBook at its recent ‘Loop You In’ event; much to the disappointment of fans who have been looking forward to a refresh of their preferred platform. However, a reference to a new 12-inch Macbook has surfaced in the OS X Server update 5.1.
The listing appears in Apple’s System Image Utility, which is intended to allow speed up the work of system administrators when having to configure multiple computers. One option allows admins to limit the new install image to certain Mac models, which is where the reference to the new Macbook was discovered.
Information scraped from the update indicates that the 2016 12-inch MacBook will retain the Retina display. 9to5Mac also reports that it has discovered the types of processors that will go into the new MacBook, and it looks like there will be three variants featuring sixth generation Intel Core M processors.
That is all that is known for now, but the information is interesting as Apple was not expected to release a 12-inch MacBook refresh this year. Sources have been reporting the existence of 13- and 15-inch MacBooks scheduled for a July announcement, but there was no news of anything smaller.
The listing in the server update seems to indicate that the smaller MacBook will arrive much earlier than July; or at least Apple intended to announce it in early 2016. There is no telling whether the plans have changed or if Apple still has one more announcement to make in the coming weeks.