Apple’s 12″ MacBook is no more. Today, the company stopped selling what was its thinnest and lightest laptop, taking up the mantle of the original MacBook Air when it was released in 2015. In fact, the MacBook Air would fade to the background to the point that many thought Apple might kill it off in favor of an expanded MacBook line.
But that’s not how things worked out. Instead, Apple didn’t update or expand the MacBook line. They took a different approach and revamped the MacBook Air last year. In retrospect, it looks like that was the first step towards the MacBook’s quiet end today.
Apple released a new refresh of the MacBook Pro recently and reveled that they did more than just bump the specs. They also made additional alterations to their troublesome butterfly keyboard mechanism to prevent the infiltration of foreign debris and the issues that brings with it.
Many Apple fans are enjoying sitting back and watching Samsung squirm their way through a disastrous product launch…again. You can’t excuse the sloppiness of the Galaxy Fold and how rushed it was in the race to be first to market. An attempt to be innovative isn’t enough to cover up the hardware failures and suspect design.
All that said, while it is easy to make fun of “the enemy” when they fail, that really doesn’t accomplish anything productive. No more so than when fans of Samsung’s products throw stones at Apple for playing it safe or for iterating on or polishing up existing features. In truth, there is good and bad to both company’s approaches.
A couple of days ago, I posted about the release of the new MacBook Pro. The detail that has garnered the most coverage and interest is the keyboard, and whether Apple has chosen to try and solve the issues with dirt and grit causing key failures now, or in a future Pro update. At the time, I said that it looks like Apple either made changes and wouldn’t admit it because of the potential negative impact on pending lawsuits, or decided to wait until the next major re-design of the MacBook Pro.