Maybe the 12" MacBook dropped to make room for the first Ax-based thing to be announced this fall?
Maybe the 16" MacBook Pro will be Ax-based?
I'm glad to see the MacBook drop from the lineup. Also glad the 2017 (2012?) MacBook Air drop as well. Two systems that made no sense. The 13" MacBook Pro also makes more sense now, although I am curious to see what kind of performance specs a quad-core 1.4GHz i5 w/HT has. That little sucker might become the best value in the lineup.