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Rumors of a fanless 12-inch MacBook have been doing the rounds for quite some time now, and Intel’s announcement last night of a new 14nm Core M Broadwell processor could make it a reality.

The Intel® Core™ M processor will deliver the most energy-efficient Intel Core processor in the company’s history. The majority of designs based on this new chip are expected to be fanless …

Intel says that the first devices to use the new chip will go on sale later this year.

The rumored 12-inch MacBook was said by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to be launching in Q3. He said that it would be no larger the current MacBook Air 11, have a Retina display, be thinner and lighter than current models and potentially sold at a lower cost.

While a fanless MacBook Pro would be theoretically possible, it’s likely there that Apple will prioritize performance, so they’re likely to retain fans for some time.

Via The Verge. Photo: Wired.