My 2017 12" MacBook is starting to show its age, but I hate that there is nothing to replace it right now. There's no reason to get a MacBook Air since it's the same form factor as the 13" Pro. But it seems unlikely they're going to release a small computer again at this point.
Same! It's totally fine for me!
My problem is the keycaps on command and S and C wear off but it doesn't affect the functionality at all. Confuses the Apple techs every time, but they keep replacing it anyway.
11” was my favorite laptop ever. I have the same 12” now and have been struggling with the same dilemma. No compelling replacement yet but it’s feeling a bit creaky. I’ve resigned to hold out for the ARM version and hope that the node packages I need support it quickly.
I myself recently bought one of the cheapest 11 inch ones to have as a Chrome OS test device, and could easily install Linux VS Code and such, right out of the box (along with Android apps and PWA:s, as customary on Chrome OS)
Their regular laptops are getting so thin and light, they probably don’t see a large market size for an ultra book now.
But my favorite computer ever was my 11” Air.
Sometimes I use my iPad mini and keyboard for similar effect.
If you can get device drivers that support the OS you need, you can build a machine that will last until heat death. (@foone is the expert on that). But Apple seems to not consider a system worth supporting if it's more than 8 years old.
It's probably because it was not a high-end machine when I got it, plus getting it into this form factor means cutting a lot of corners on the architecture internally. When you have infinite space and no power limits you can definitely build a machine that'll last 7-10 years.
I'm bemused by the thought that a 3yo computer is "starting to show its age." I have a 2009 Mac Pro, which I only began to consider dated when Apple replaced OpenGL with Metal, which my system doesn't support.
oof. I guess since I've already moved my Photoshop and video editing workflow to a Windows laptop, all I really need out of this smaller one is a good web dev environment, so maybe? I'll miss iMessage and Fantastical though.