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Apple quietly discontinues 12-inch MacBook laptop

The MacBook has just died — and it went quietly. Apple on Tuesday revealed surprise updates for its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops — and meanwhile discontinued its 12-inch MacBook, the only remaining standard version of the company’s iconic laptop. The 12-inch MacBook, which was introduced in 2015 to replace a 13-inch version and which has not seen an update in two years, is no longer listed on the Apple Store Web site. The low-key announcement came in the form of a press release shared on the company blog — a strategy that Apple has embraced recently to announce incremental upgrades. Apple’s MacBooks — a core product for the company a decade ago — in recent years have taken a back seat as the iPhone has come to ac ...