You know what we say, right? “Nothing improves without change.” That does not mean that all change is an improvement. Remember the trash can Mac Pro that replaced the much loved cheese grater Mac Pro?
The internet is full of opinions and perspectives on change, but one thing is sure. Apple is changing. Out with the old, in with the new. In this case, the past year has brought us a sea change of new Macs of all sizes. With all that change, the best Mac ever made is gone.
Opinion vs. Fact
Now, I didn’t bother to do a survey of all 100-million Mac users to determine which of the Mac line is the best ever, so this perspective is an opinion piece and not sold as fact. Everyone has favorites and that includes members of the Mincey Plantation.
My favorite was the now fully discontinued MacBook Air. No, not the Air of last week, but the Air of yesteryear, the one that clung to Apple’s website and often was on display at nearby Apple Stores. Jason Snell wrote a read worthy eulogy for the MacBook Air I knew and loved. Last year.
As someone who has been a user of the MacBook Air since the very beginning, I want to take a moment to lament its passing. But I can’t, because how can I miss it if it won’t go away? The MacBook Air, with its classic USB ports, previous-generation Apple keyboard, and big silver bezels around a non-Retina screen, is a time capsule of early 2010s Apple hardware design—and you can still buy one, brand new.
Except you can’t. It’s gone. Members of the Mincey Clan have two or three of them lying around, still running, still usable with multi-user mode, and a couple of them are still capable of running macOS Catalina. Apple kinda sorta mostly killed the older MacBook Air when it released the new MacBook Air last year, yet sold both, albeit not quite side-by-side.
What was so great about Apple’s most senior Mac citizen?
I mean, it did not have a Retina display. It was underpowered, relative to the MacBook Pro line. It was heavier than the MacBook. So, why did Apple keep it around? First, Macs that have been around a few years are less expensive to make. Second, customers still bought it because it was the least expensive Mac notebook.
Most of the Mincey offspring grew up on one or two or maybe even three models of MacBook Air through the years. The machine was, is, and likely will remain durable and in use for a few years after the latest macOS won’t run. The original MacBook Air was overpriced. The current, circa 2019 MacBook Air seems like a good replacement; better display, yes, but perhaps not as good a keyboard.
Those MacBook Air models of yesteryear, the ones that made it down to $999 at retail, came with the MagSafe adapter, but even $100 more got you more in today’s MacBook Air upgrade at $1,099. Typical Apple. Another $200 gets you a new MacBook Pro with a quad-core Intel Inside, a better Retina display, plus the much beloved Touch Bar (and Touch ID, Thunderbolt, and better graphics), so it’s easy to say that the all silver MacBook Air was overpriced at $999.
If the much loved MacBook Air is gone, and there is no replacement for the even more svelte MacBook, now discontinued, what should a new Mac user look for?
Look to the headlines.
- Apple has made shopping for MacBooks simple again.
- Apple Disappoints MacBook Pro Fans With Tired And Expensive Upgrade.
- Apple killed its most futuristic Mac with no true upgrade.
- Farewell, 12-inch MacBook, you crazy, overpriced experiment
Wait. That last one is for the MacBook, not the discontinued MacBook Air. And I’m certain the writers at Forbes didn’t do a survey about disappointment among Mac fans.
Yeah. Me, too. I had to look it up.
n. 1. a task that is performed thoroughly. 2. total commitment 3. anything that is done completely from start to finish.
adj. 1. a well executed task. 2. a job well done.
v. 1. to commit one’s self to seeing a task through. 2. to perform a task thoroughly.
Apple did a whole-ass job on the MacBook Air. The last one, the one before that, the most recently discontinued model, and even on the new one.
The MacBook Air models down through the years have proven themselves to be worthy workhorses, perhaps the best Mac ever made.