Last July, Apple stopped offering its white MacBook to consumers, pushing them instead toward the 13-inch MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air lineup. It had still offered the notebook to educational institutions. Now, the white MacBook has finally reached “end of life”.
Eric Slivka for MacRumors:
Apple has now notified resellers that it has ended that distribution channel as well, classifying the MacBook as “End of Life”. It is unclear at what point Apple ceased production on the MacBook, as it is likely that the company’s manufacturing partners wound down their work on the machine some time ago, with the company continuing to sell through its final batch to its limited educational institution market since that time.
The MacBook was Apple’s entry-level notebook for many years, but in 2010, the company introduced the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which also started at $999. The MacBook Air was an instant hit, siphoning off sales from the MacBook.
The MacBook was introduced in 2006 as part of Apple’s transition from PowerPC to Intel processors.
I for one, am sad to see the MacBook bite the dust. My first Mac was a MacBook, albeit a black one. I used it for 2 years, then gave it to my wife, who used it for another year, she then bequeathed it to our niece, who still uses it to this day. It has a few cracks in the case but it’s still running strong.