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A brief eulogy for the 12″ MacBook, a machine of unfulfilled promise

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As part of a refresh of its entry-level lineup of portable Macs, Apple has discontinued the 12″ MacBook—the last laptop it offered without a “Pro” or “Air” in its name. Rationally, that does not come as a shocker. At the same time the 12″ MacBook is going away, the company is introducing a MacBook Air with a 13″ True Tone display at a starting price of $1099. Only a little thicker and heavier than the 12″ model, it hits a sweet spot that’s pretty . . . well, sweet.

Still, I’m sorry to see the 12″ MacBook go. When I reviewed the original version back in 2015, I was impressed by two things: its iPad-like simplicity and the way it felt like a blueprint for future Mac laptops in........

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