Apple discontinues 12-inch MacBook

Apple has stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook, just four years after introducing the laptop as the slimmest in its lineup. The previous generation MacBook Air (the one without a Retina display) is no longer on sale either.

The 12-inch MacBook hadn’t been updated in two years, but it still filled a spot that stood out from other models: it was thinner and lighter weight, though that also came with being less powerful. At $1,299, its price put it directly up against the entry-level MacBook Pro, which outperformed it, with only a small gain in weight and size.

Apple appears to see the new MacBook Air (the redesigned model with a Retina display) as the MacBook’s replacement. The Air isn’t as thin and light, but it is more powerful. And…

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