Stephen M. Hackett, July 20, 2011
This ends a long-running product line for Apple.
The MacBook was first introduced as an iBook-replacement back in 2006, and sold incredibly well. While earlier models were plagued with overheating and case cracking issues, Apple experimented with the case and design very little until 2008, when the company wrapped the machine in aluminum, but left out the FireWire port and other features found in the MacBook Pro. Less than a year later, Apple unveiled the white plastic unibody version pictured above, and started selling the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Now, Apple just offers two notebooks lines — the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. With the MacBook Air starting at $999, Apple still has a sub-$1000 machine on the market.
We are still digging to see if the machine is gone for everyone, or has just gone educational-only. If the latter is true, it may still be avaible for purchase by educational institutions, just not end customers.
Farewell, MacBook. We hope the big laptop sleeve in the sky was ready for you.Follow @macgasm