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Hope for a new 12-inch Apple MacBook as stocks dwindle

Apple may be about to refresh its ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook, if a major retailer discontinuing the current iteration is anything to go by.

US big box store Best Buy is listing all versions of the 2015 model as unavailable, fuelling speculation an update is imminent (via AppleInsider).

The new category, launched this time last year, offers a slimmer design to the MacBook Air while adding a Retina Display and a brand new keyboard.

See also: Is Apple planning to kill the keyboard?

However, those snapping up the expensive device made compromises in terms of power due to the Intel Core M processor.

It also offered shorter battery life than the Air and Pro models, while dispensing with the popular MagSafe connector in favour of a single USB Type-C port.

It was thought the newer iterations could be announced at the iPhone SE launch last month, but Apple has continued to hold off.

It is hoped that an update will bring power improvements (the current model is about as capable as the 2011 Airs), while an additional port would do away with the need for clunky hubs.

Meanwhile, reports have suggested Apple may be killing off the Air branding, following a lack of updates for MacBook Air and iPad Air lines in recent times.

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