Apple discontinues MacBook

With Apple’s release today of the new MacBook Air with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS X Lion, the world’s most advanced operating system, Apple’s MacBook has, unsurprisingly, gone missing from Apple’s Mac lineup.

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Apple’s MacBook was introduced in May 2006, replacing the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook models as a part of the Apple–Intel transition. Apple’s MacBook is now in polycarbonate heaven.

Find out more about Apple’s new MacBook Air here.

MacDailyNews Take: R.I.P. MacBook. May 16, 2006 – July 20, 2011.

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32 Comments

    1. That’s always the case with laptops. People don’t realize how sensitive the inner parts are. I’m always careful not to transport my macbook while it’s doing something.

      My daughter tried to burn audio cds in her car while she was driving ?!?! and now here optical drive is screwy.

    1. I think that fact has been missed in many articles I’ve read about this. Per, ahem…another site: “Update: Apple has announced to resellers that its white MacBook, model No. MC516, is available for education institutions only. (Readers looking for one of these models can still purchase one from Mac Mall, which still reflects stock.
      The MacBook will remain available to partners via Apple’s online reseller stores only for education institutions. The company did not offer a timeframe for which the entry-level notebook will remain available.”

    1. 3Gs has (thin) metal frame in it, and Apple had to use plastic only after finding out that aluminium is no go as case material for cell networking devices (Wi-Fi deals much better with it, so they can make iPads aluminium).

  1. I am a former MacBook user – I got it as a successor to my PowerBook G4, and it was fairly basic and low cost. But ever since they introduced the MacBook Air, I could see Apple wanting to steer the low-end consumer in that direction, and what better way to do that than to make the MBA the low-end option. Personally, I’m going to stick with the MacBook Pro from now on (the computer I just got) for sake of storage space.

  2. I love my MacBook, still using one from early 2008. It works still work geat, needs a new battery, but other then that never ever had a problem with. It keep delaying from purchase a new computer, off course with some help from the iPad. With Lion coming and death of the MacBook it time for a up grade. MacAir, MacBook Pro, or IMac which one should replace my late MacBook?

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