A MacBook that isn’t a tablet with a keyboard should be made by Apple

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techno.rentetan.com – Apple may soon have the means to produce a low-cost laptop that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Although Apple’s brand was founded on high-end items, it has showed a willingness to offer more cheap products in recent years. With the help of its own in-house chips, Apple is able to keep the price down by using outdated CPUs in its budget-friendly versions.

The moment has come for a low-cost MacBook using Apple’s M-series CPUs, now that the company is building them for Macs. Even though the $999 MacBook Air is Apple’s cheapest choice, every Chrome user knows to pay an additional $200 to get 16GB of RAM. As a result, Apple’s most affordable laptop now falls squarely into the “luxury laptop” category.

Entering Apple’s MacBook environment is out of reach for the average consumer. There are two alternatives now if you need a computer for business or school: pay for a MacBook Air or tinker with an iPad till it appears like a laptop. The second choice isn’t ideal, even though it may spark a controversy among individuals who use a tablet as their main device.

As of now, the only viable alternative for completing a transfer from PC and Android to Apple is to purchase a Mac, which is prohibitively costly. Eventually, Apple will have no choice but to open its gates to everyone who knocks on the company’s gates. Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about.

In the M-series chips, the equation is shifted

Power from Intel/AMD was transferred to Apple when the M1 processor was introduced. Because Apple has developed its own CPUs, it no longer needs third-party components in order to power its Macs, which Tim Cook despises.

Now that Apple has greater control over laptop chip costs and production, the company can determine when to phase out a particular CPU. A new budget-friendly laptop might be released by Apple in a few years, or Apple could maintain the M1 processor in the MacBook Air and decrease its price (and just introduce the M2 to the MacBook Pro 13). To put it another way, I’d want Apple to use the same technique it does for its smartphones, tablets, and watches.

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No one will be complaining about using an M1 CPU in a few years’ time when the Windows option is an Intel Pentium Gold or Core i3 processor, as I indicated above. This is evidenced by the fact that the $329 iPad is the fastest tablet in its class despite using an A13 Bionic processor, the iPhone SE, which also uses the same SoC, outperforms current flagship phones, and the Apple Watch SE gives the impression that Android wearables are all set two years in the past despite being released in 2015.

Apple pricing this hypothetical laptop aggressively, say in the $500-$600 region, and Intel and AMD not having any tricks up their sleeves are the only conditions under which a bargain Mac may surpass others in its class are met (keep an eye on CES 2022 in January).

Providing a solution to a market need

I’ve examined hundreds of laptops over the course of my career, so I have a strong understanding of what’s available. Although it may seem basic, suggesting a notebook to someone who has a sub-$1,000 laptop is not always straightforward, particularly when “not a Chromebook” is on their list of requirements (and it usually is). There are some nice starting points in the form of HP’s Envys and Asus’s ZenBooks, and there are a few IdeaPads, Aspires, and other boring lines to name, but what’s lacking is a device that you can “simply purchase,” such as the XPS 13 or X1 Carbon in the luxury sector.

I’m not a market analyst, but my intuition tells me that a $700 MacBook would sell like hotcakes at an excessively inflated price, and that it would persuade Windows customers who are befuddled by the variety of alternatives available to them to just switch to a Mac. Before you accuse me of being a member of the herd, I should point you that the last Apple device I had was an iPod Nano. In recent months, though, after spending numerous hours searching for the finest wireless earbuds for Android users, I’ve grown to appreciate how straightforward it is for Apple users to replace their equipment.

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There is no way I can discuss Apple’s attempts to fill the “value laptop” hole without discussing Microsoft’s work. The Surface Laptop Go, a 12.4-inch laptop that begins at $549, is a good illustration of this. If you don’t mind the lack of a microSD card slot, this is a good alternative. You’re looking at a $700 mid-tier config if you don’t purchase that one (tell me you wouldn’t). Although I don’t have a copy of Apple’s components receipt, I do know that an M1 processor is much quicker than Intel’s 10th Generation Core i5.

However, a Chromebook isn’t much better than an iPad (if at all) (more on that below). Even though Google’s OS is a web-based operating system that can operate on low-powered devices, it lacks compatibility for many of the programs required by professionals. Google Pixelbook Go is an excellent option if you just want to browse the web.

Cutting expenses

Old fresh stuff might be used in a few years to keep the price down. The $999 MacBook Air and what I’ll refer to as the MacBook SE will have to make further concessions in order to generate a wide enough difference. We look to the design for this. Although Microsoft included some plastic into the metal chassis of the Surface Laptop Go, Apple has never strayed from the unibody aluminum that has been a trademark of MacBooks for the last few decades.

Bringing back the 12-inch MacBook might be a simple way to reduce the size of the device. In spite of the fact that it was more expensive than the Air, this laptop was worth it since it featured a Retina display and a sleeker appearance. In terms of design, if the MacBook were introduced today with the same chassis, it would just be a smaller Air.

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In order to fix one of the greatest flaws of the 12-inch MacBook, the M1 chip might be reused. Compared to the most current iteration of the now-defunct laptop, Apple’s M chips are more powerful than even the Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. For a laptop this tiny, the M1 processor is more efficient, resulting in longer battery life and, most importantly, the ability to run at full power without the need for a fan.

Instead of reviving the MacBook, Apple might release a smaller version of the MacBook Air. Keep in mind that the Air used to be available in 11-inch and 13-inch models just a short time ago. When it comes to laptops, the 12-inch MacBook Air is a great companion for a 14-inch MacBook Air since it’s lighter, more portable, and less expensive.

What about Apple’s tablet computer, the iPad?

The iPad Air is a tablet, not a laptop, and I’m not interested in hearing your side of the story. Let me be clear: I’m not going to leave it at that. The most pressing problem here is the iPad OS. However, they are still baby steps toward a desktop-like experience on Apple’s tablet. Many productivity software, such as Adobe Suite and Apple’s own Final Cut, are either lacking or watered down when it comes to multitasking, mouse and touchpad compatibility.

It’s a hot-button issue in the computer world, and although I don’t believe tablets are a suitable alternative for laptops, there are those who do. However, even if Apple commits to make iPadOS more like macOS, there is still no choice for those on a budget.

As of this writing, Apple’s iPad Air is Apple’s cheapest tablet that may be used as a laptop replacement, starting at $599 without the $300 Magic Keyboard. So you’re now just short of the MacBook Air’s $900 price tag. Because of its compact size, the iPad mini doesn’t measure up to the full-size iPad; it’s just too adorable to take about.

Do you know what the MacBook SE looks like?

I’ve already mapped everything out in my mind. Colors are the first thing to look at. There should be more of them! Any of Apple’s laptops may benefit from the iMac treatment by being offered in attractive colors. Aside from a few iDevice devotees, most people I’ve talked to are open to the idea of anything other than silver and gray.

As for the internals, I’d rather have the M1 CPU, which is at the top of its game now and will still be a strong alternative in a few years’ time when the expected M2 and M3 processors are released. I wouldn’t compromise on RAM or storage, which should be at least 8GB and 128GB, but I wouldn’t mind if Apple utilized cheaper, slower components. Another USB-C port is unnecessary, but I believe we can all agree that it should be included for completeness.

There was a brief discussion on the issue of display size earlier, but I’m not certain that 11 inches is too tiny. If Apple chooses for a higher aspect ratio, twelve would be a good halfway ground. Basically, that’s it. No need to tinker with a product that appeals to individuals who simply want a quick laptop that gets the job done. / (and runs all the programs you need it to).

It would be a big success, and a great landing pad for PC users, if Apple doesn’t mess with with the keyboard on the base $700 MacBook, which has the specifications listed above, in my opinion.