Dear Apple: Please Kill The MacBook Air

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Word on the street is that Apple plans to release a new Macbook Air this year. If it's anything like the current MacBook Air, it's going to be one of the worst bang-for-buck laptops on the market. Apple, please. You need to stop.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back at it again, claiming that Apple will be releasing refreshed MacBook Airs in Q2 of 2018. The refresh will supposedly include a price drop on what is already Apple's cheapest laptop.

Kuo has an excellent history predicting the future. He knew about Apple's Touch Bar six months before it was announced. Ditto the iPhone SE. So if Kuo is saying we're getting a cheaper MacBook Air in the next few months, there's a good chance it is happening.

But boy, do I want him to be wrong.

The MacBook Air needs to die. It's been over a year and a half since Apple effectively killed the MacBook Air with the release of the $1899 MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar with i5 processor. The only reason the MacBook Air clings to life support is because it's the only Mac laptop available for under $1500.

But let's be clear, despite a very minor upgrade last year, the MacBook Air is one of the worst buys in laptop land right now. Keeping a laptop on the shelf with a four-year-old processor is as egregious as a chain supermarket's tendency to stock ancient MP3 players and digital cameras.

The MacBook Air is a former trendsetter well past its prime. Looking at the page for the MacBook Air on Apple's website is like travelling back in time. The 1440 x 900 resolution display with its enormous bezels looks like an embarrassment next to the rest of Apple's line up - or next to any other sub-$1500 laptop. That old Thunderbolt 2 port is by no means impressive.

Nor is the Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPU. That GPU, like the Broadwell CPU it is attached to, is old enough to be in pre-school and thinking about kindergarten.

The MacBook Air, in its current iteration, is done. It's dead. It accomplished its task 10 years ago when it taught us that laptops could be powerful and light, but it weighs the same as a souped up MacBook Pro, and weighs more than the more powerful MacBook - the true successor to the Air and a laptop that will only get better as low powered processors get faster (hopefully its price will get lower too, as $1899 for a m3 processor is never, ever reasonable).

This all means the Air moniker now makes zero sense. Much like the overpriced laptop itself.

Neither Kuo or MacRumors have suggested that this refresh will be more than a price drop. Unless the processor or monitor (or both) is updated, this will continue to be a bad buy - a laptop purchased by poor saps who don't know any better. Please make sure no one you know is such a sap.

[MacRumors]


Comments

    My daughter, all her friends at school, my mate in Scotland, co-workers at work, Facebook friends; ALL have the MacBook Air, and they love it. It comes down to personal preference. Calling someone a sap won't change their mind. So please, go back to the MS Surface and continue to worry about viruses and applications that just don't quite seem to work well.

      So you're part of the "My Mac doesn't get viruses" crowd. How very tech-illiterate of you. I'm guessing you scoff at Samsung phone owners and tell them their phone is going to blow up too yes?

        Learn what a virus is. The current generation of people do not use the term correctly. The Mac does not get virus’s, however it is susceptible to malware, etc..

        Learn the term. A virus is SELF replicating code, that does not need human interaction. To infect a computer

          "I've got plenty of malware, Trojans and ransomware but at least I don't have a known, self replicating worm" said no one ever. The OP was clearly using viruses in a broad term based on his other comments.

        Learn what a virus is. The current generation of people do not use the term correctly. The Mac does not get virus’s, however it is susceptible to malware, etc..

        Learn the term. A virus is SELF replicating code, that does not need human interaction to infect a computer.

        Last edited 08/03/18 6:55 am

      Personal preference or not, the fact is they are overpriced for the hardware they contain. Difficult to put a price on the software experience, but if they like it, good on them.
      As for viruses, well I've never had a virus on any PC in the 30 odd years I've had them.

    Couldn’t disagree more. Sure the specs aren’t great but it does the job for a lot of people. I honestly can’t justify upgrading my MacBook Air because it does such a nice job. Lifehacker, this is unlike you to write such an unbalanced and opinionated piece

      Lifehacker, this is unlike you to write such an unbalanced and opinionated piece

      It's not though, it's just usually slanted in the other direction ;)

    I believe this will be very subjective.

    For a Professional, 'Techie' or other such moniker the MacBook Air has long been light on ability.

    For someone wanting to do Internet, Email, general Office app work. The machine will still, for many, fit the bill, even if for no other reason than being the cheapest Mac based laptop available.

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