The MacBook Air, first introduced in 2010, was once Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook, a title that it lost to the 12-inch MacBook in 2015 and the MacBook Pro in 2016. As it’s no longer Apple’s most portable machine, the only title the MacBook Air can claim now is “most affordable” with prices starting at $999.
Apple’s MacBook Air is at the end of its lifespan, kept in the Mac lineup as a low-cost option until the MacBook and the MacBook Pro are able to come down in price. The 11-inch MacBook Air has now been discontinued entirely, and while Apple is still keeping two 13-inch models available for purchase, we do not expect to see further updates to the machines.
At its recent October 27 event that saw the debut of the new MacBook Pro, Apple positioned the 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar as a viable MacBook Air alternative. The new machine is 12 percent thinner than the MacBook Air and takes up 13 percent less volume, while offering more powerful internals and the same 3 pound weight.