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Hey Apple, this is the MacBook we need

by Danny Zepeda | December 26, 2016December 26, 2016 12:00 pm PST

Prior to Apple’s October event, I was eagerly awaiting the next MacBook announcement. I currently use a 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro that’s on its last legs. I’m due for an update and I was hoping Apple would fill that need, but to my disappointment, its new computers don’t quite fit the bill for me.

Even so, I tried to find reasons to convince myself to buy one, but it became blatantly obvious that Apple doesn’t offer a laptop that perfectly suits my needs.

As a writer, I value portability over raw power, but I still need a computer that can be a bit of a workhorse. This is why I refuse to buy a 12-inch MacBook; the Core M processor just doesn’t offer enough power. And even though I thought I was ready to jump ship into any computer Apple made, I didn’t order one.

The new computers have less functionality and worse battery life than their predecessors. The inclusion of USB-C ports is understandable, but why not include more than two or four? Apple’s previous computers weren’t perfect, but they were more well-rounded than the ones offered today. If we’re taking a step into the future, why are we receiving less? Less power, fewer ports and decreased battery life.

Let’s change that, Apple.

It’s time for a MacBook Air with Retina Display

It’s time for a MacBook Air with Retina display. Apple just needs to take the current design and add the sharper display and newer processors.

The MacBook Air is a timeless computer, so much so that I am confused why Apple seems to have forgotten about it. It hasn’t been updated in nearly two years. Even when it was updated, back in March 2015, it was a minor upgrade. It looks bleaker by the day that Apple will do a 180 and completely revamp it, but I’m still holding out hope.

The important laptop features for me are portability, battery life and power. This computer would offer all three. Putting an Intel Core i5 chip would give me all the power I need. The beautiful new Retina display would be a big step up from the current display on it, and it would also borrow the new Butterfly keyboard 2 along with the Force Touch trackpad. I’ll also take three USB-C ports, an SD Card reader and a headphone jack, please.

For internals, I’ll take an integrated GPU combined with the aforementioned seventh-gen Intel Core i5 chip; that is plenty of power to handle the writing and photo editing I do. A Core i3 chip or an Intel Core M chip would be underpowered for what I need, but Apple could offer one of those at the lower-end. The Core i7 (and discrete graphics) would be overkill for what I do, and would be enough of a reason for folks to jump right up to the MacBook Pro.

For design, using the MacBook Air tapered slope with the elimination of thicker ports would allow Apple to shave off some unnecessary weight. The current 13-inch Air weighs 2.96 pounds, so I’d like Apple to try to get it down to 2.5 pounds or less. To compensate for the unique design, it would include the terraced battery cell found in the MacBook to achieve the best battery life possible.

This computer is plausible, but I highly doubt Apple will create anything that resembles it. I hope I’m wrong, but the recent direction of the Mac division doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. It used to be that Apple did the little things perfectly, and the totality ended up being a magical experience. Now Apple is skimping on features and selling a watered-down product. It’s time for that to stop.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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