Apple hammers the final nail into the 12-inch MacBook’s coffin as the legacy laptop is PULLED from their online store — two years after they stopped updates for the model
- The fate of the legacy notebook model had been uncertain for some time
- Last year’s revamp of the MacBook Air saw the 12-inch device grow redundant
- But its relative portability still made it a viable alternative to the new model
- MacBook buyers are left with the Air, 13-inch Pro and 15-inch Pro to choose from
Apple has hammered the final nail into the coffin of the 12-inch MacBook, removing it from their online store after ceasing updates to the model in June 2017.
The end of the laptop device comes as the tech firm announced hardware upgrades for both their MacBook Air and the basic 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The 12-inch notebook had grown increasingly redundant, especially since the revamp of the MacBook Air last year the cheaper model acquire similar functionality.
MacBook consumers are now left with three options — the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro — to choose from.
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Apple has hammered the final nail into the coffin of the 12-inch MacBook, removing it from their online store after ceasing updates for the model in June 2017
The role of the 12-inch MacBook in Apple’s stable of products had been growing increasingly uncertain.
Apple last updated the model back in June 2017, less than two-and-a-half years after the 12-inch MacBook had its debut back in April 2015.
Fortunes for the legacy laptop’s grew bleaker last year when the tech firm unveiled a redesign for the MacBook Air.
This revamp incorporated the majority of the features of the 12-inch MacBook, but with a price tag that was around $100 (£80) cheaper.
The 12-inch MacBook did have one selling point over the young upstart, however, with the legacy device being more portable.
With a larger screen, the 2018 MacBook Air came in almost three-quarters of a pound (0.34 kg) heavier than the 2.03 lbs (0.92 kg) 12-inch MacBook
Fortunes for the legacy laptop’s grew bleaker last year when the tech firm unveiled a redesign for the MacBook Air
The end of the laptop device comes as the tech firm announced hardware upgrades for both their MacBook Air and the basic 13-inch MacBook
The 12-inch notebook had grown increasingly redundant, especially since the revamp of the MacBook Air last year the cheaper model acquire similar functionality
Prior to being discontinued, the 12-inch MacBook Air retailed at prices starting from $1,299 (£1,042).
As for the rest of Apple’s notebook range, the basic model MacBook Air is now retailing at a reduced price starting from $1,099 (£880), while the mid-level, 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a price tag beginning at $1,299 (£1,040).
For the more exacting user, the top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro retails from $2,399 (£1,922).
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT APPLE’S NEW MACBOOK AIR?
Apple has resurrected the MacBook Air by announcing the first new model of the laptop in three years.
It made the announcement at a hardware launch event held in New York on October 30, 2018.
Some minor tweaks to the laptop’s graphics card and processsor were made last year, but the model has largely languished unchanged since the first 12 inch Macbook Air was introduced in 2015.
Among the new features of the 2018 model are a Retina display, thin bezels – in line with other MacBooks – on its 13.3-inch, four million pixel screen, as well as other upgraded internal specs.
These include an 8th generation Intel dual-core CPU with integrated graphics, up to 16GB of memory, and up to 1.5TB solid state hard drive.
It will also feature a FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID, two USB-C ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a headphone jack.
Its battery life will be enough to run 13 hours of iTunes movie playback.
The device itself will be 17 per cent smaller by volume than the model it is replacing and 10 per cent thinner – at just 15.6mm.
It will weigh 2.75 lbs, 0.25 lb lighter than the previous MacBook Air.