Three years ago, Apple discontinued the 12-inch MacBook. The fanless, light Mac got a lot of attention at the time, but as the years went by, people seemed to forget how bad of an option this computer was. Despite some rumors saying Apple could revive this Mac, here’s why I don’t think it will happen since the company already has the perfect alternative.
It was 2015, and Apple was committed to making bad choices. Remember the original butterfly keyboard? The 480p iSight camera? The cheap and underpowered Intel M processor series? What about a single USB-C port? If those questions make you feel “yikes,” well, you’re looking at the original 12-inch MacBook.
Of course, there were a few things that this Mac deserved to be praised for. It was very light, had a good battery, had beautiful finishes, and had a nice trackpad. Remember? It was 2015, trackpads were meant to be bad. But apart from that, it almost felt like this Mac was made to trick people.
The 12-inch MacBook was over $1,000. It was very pricey for a bad keyboard, a completely underpowered processor, and a terrible webcam. Of course, Apple took forever to give its Macs a proper webcam, but this one found on the 12-inch MacBook was the worst.
The M1 MacBook Air is the perfect 12-inch MacBook replacement
With all of that in mind, Apple did apologize for this terrible Mac experience five years later when it introduced a new fanless, light computer: the 13-inch M1 MacBook Air.
The power of the M1 processor had even Apple surprised. Based on the iPhone’s A14 Bionic chip, it was good enough to compete with the best processors available on the market while also bringing an amazing battery life: People could get up to 17 hours of battery life while surfing the web, working, using social media, consuming video, and streaming music. Indeed, the dream computer.
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