What’s the best Mac? Most powerful? Most sold? Most influential? The criteria alone are subject to subjective considerations, so let’s go with my perspective.
One can easily argue that the latest Mac models are the best. What was better than iMac Pro? Nothing. Until the Mac Pro came along. What’s better? MacBook Air? Or, the awesome new 16-inch MacBook Pro.
See? No contest. Power wins. The latest will rule. So, let’s even the contest between all Macs and narrow it down to most influential.
The winner: MacBook Air.
No, not the 2018 MacBook Air with the famous butterfly keyboard design. The original MacBook Air, circa early 2008. Yeah, that’s more than a decade ago, but MBA set the standard for the next dozen years– and just like Apple’s iPhone and its iconic design that shaped an industry, not much has changed.
What do all notebooks look like these days? MacBook Air.
The original model was underpowered and overpriced– much like iPhone circa 2007. It came with a 13.3-inch display– non-Retina– an actual hard disk drive inside, and that was followed up by a smaller 11.6-inch MBA a couple of years later.
Steve Jobs introduced MacBook Air by pulling it out of an enveloped– the thinnest notebook ever back in those days. So SuperDrive. What’s interesting about the MacBook Air is that it was not a big seller, and not many fell in love with it.
Iconic designs sometimes take a few years to catch on. iPhone? Years. Apple Watch? Years? AirPods? iPads? OK, well, those sold like free chocolate donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts. MacBook Air’s thin tapered design was the forerunner of all PC notebooks for the following decade.
That is what Apple does best. Usually late to market with a competing product, Apple sets the design standard as a new product category begins to mature.
What do new PC notebooks look like? The MacBook Air. What will future professional-level desktop PCs look like? The Mac Pro. That’s just how Apple works.
I’ve had better notebooks than the original MacBook Air, but none as influential.