Just four years after introducing the laptop as the slimmest in its lineup, Apple has stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook.
The laptop was first introduced in 2015 and ushered in a new era of MacBook design for Apple. It was the first to use USB-C, the first with the controversial and problematic butterfly keyboard, and the first Mac laptop without a glowing Apple logo in years.
Following refreshes to the MacBook Air and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro today, Apple appears to have discontinued the 12-inch MacBook and the last-gen MacBook Air which vanished from Apple’s website earlier today as it announced its Back to School promotion.
The refreshed lineup now consists of the Retina 13-inch MacBook Air and 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
While the old MacBook Air being discontinued doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Apple dropped the entry price of the Retina MacBook Air by $100, the end of the 12-inch MacBook may a disappointment for Apple users who value having the lightest Mac possible.
And with all that said, the 12-inch MacBook’s future became questionable when the 13-inch Retina MacBook Air launched last fall with a lower price, more ports, Touch ID, and longer battery life while being just a bit heavier than the two-pound MacBook.
The base MacBook Pro priced at $1,299 was previously the non-Touch Bar version. Now it features the latest 8th-generation quad-core processors and adds the Touch Bar. Meanwhile, the Retina MacBook Air has gained Apple’s True Tone display tech and received a price drop.
Apple has not formally announced the fate of the previous MacBook Air or 12-inch MacBook, but If you really love the 12-inch MacBook and are lamenting its death, don’t fret just yet because you can still pick one up on Apple’s refurbished products site.