Apple don’t have a flagship product at the low end, so which one should you pick?
The MacBook Air took over the MacBook’s place in a DVD-less decision that divided opinions. It wasn’t a low-end machine, just a low-end Apple product. As a result, it wasn’t a bad option for photographers.
Wasim Ahmad lamented the lack of MacBook Air upgrades last year (although saying that it was at least the only one left with an SD card slot). While he hasn’t been granted his wishes, the Air is finally back. Unfortunately, we’ve sort of replaced it already, so it’s a little late to the party.
At first, I guessed that the MacBook would be killed off. Our beloved MacBook Air was here to save the day, right? However, it turns out that the MacBook Air is actually thicker than the MacBook at its thickest point. So will the MacBook Air be retired again?
Imagine the conversation at your local Apple store. “I’d like a thin, cheaper laptop please” will be replied with “which one?” There's just too many minute details to comb over, and it's going to depend on that specific person's needs.
At this point, I’d recommend avoiding the MacBook. It doesn’t have any Thunderbolt 3 ports, inexplicably only has a 480p camera, and a smaller battery. Still, it’s the lightest and thinnest of the three (though it has a smaller screen). As an alternative to an iPad Pro (which is another encroaching product category), the MacBook would make a decent laptop. I just don’t imagine photographers will want to cheap out on the cheapest MacBooks available. I’m with Luke Larsen from Digital Trends; this can’t last.
Are you thinking about buying one of these options? Let us know your thoughts.