Surprise, the MacBook Air is still alive! The new MacBook Air is Apple’s new cheap laptop. While everybody thought the 12-inch Retina MacBook was going to replace the MacBook Air, it’s not going to be the case just yet. Apple just updated the MacBook Air page on its website after its press event. While the 11-inch MacBook Air is gone forever (R.I.P.), the 13-inch MacBook Air just received a minor update — more RAM.
“We’re going to continue to offer MacBook Air 13-inch in our line”, SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller said onstage, without saying anything else about the state of the MacBook Air. Here’s what’s happening.
Before today, the 13-inch MacBook Air started at $999 with 4GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor. The MacBook Air still starts at $999 and comes with the same processor — but it has 8GB of RAM. All the other specs still look similar (128GB of SSD storage, 12 hours of battery, etc.).
The previous $1,199 isn’t changing — still 8GB of RAM and the same processor, but 256GB of storage instead. So if you wanted an affordable computer, the new $999 model got a bit more powerful.
It’s clear that the MacBook Air is on the way out. But the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro, or even the 12-inch Retina MacBook, are still too expensive for many people. That’s why Apple is putting the 13-inch MacBook Air on life support until it can make another laptop under $1,000 again.