The MacBook Air is about to debut in a twelve inch form factor, retiring the existing eleven inch model while still managing to be smaller due to some clever space saving techniques, according to an explosion of rumors today online. And while they might even be true, they appear to miss the point when it comes to the quandary that most people face when they go to buy a new MacBook: they want a fifteen inch form factor, but they want neither the power nor the bulk nor the price tag of a MacBook Pro. And then there are those on the other end of the spectrum who are still wishing the 17″ MacBook Pro were still around.
In other words, it’s well past time for Apple to offer a fifteen inch MacBook Air. Its lack of existence appears to be predicated on the notion that anyone who wants a screen size that large is probably not thinking in terms of svelteness anyway. But if I had a dollar for every time I’ve been approached by a reader or a friend who is trying to decide between a 13″ MacBook Air and a 15″ MacBook Pro and it torn because neither fits their needs as well as a 15″ Air would, I’d be a wealthy man. And if I had a dollar for every time a professional user asks me when the 17 inch MacBook Pro is coming back, well, I’d have enough to buy a Starbucks latte. The question is whether Apple will finally pull the trigger on either.
The shift to a twelve inch model points to Apple finally being open to revising its laptop lineup to fit the evolving wants and needs of consumers, after having been locked in to the 11-13-15 inch motif for a couple years now. So to the masses who pining over a hypothetical 15″ MacBook Air, I say this is good reason for hope. And for the few lamenting the demise of the 17″ MacBook Pro, there’s at least reason for a bit of hope. Since I’ve never been approached by anyone who wanted a twelve inch MacBook Air, Apple must seem to think this is one of those products that the masses always wanted buy didn’t know it.