Waiting For My MacBook Air To Die. But Also Hoping It Wont

Photo by Vijayasimha BR on Unsplash

I find myself in an unusual conundrum. Perhaps, it is not, and I am simply creating or imagining issues where none exist.

Either way, a conundrum it is.

I have had a MacBook Air since 2017. The first one died in 2020. Then again, I had already purchased a second MacBook Air in 2020. That second MacBook Air is the one I am writing about now.

Even though, the 2nd MacBook Air is a more powerful, better looking MacBook than the 1st MacBook, I never liked the 2nd MacBook Air.

For some reason Apple made some terrible design decisions. It is the only Apple product that has dissapointed from amongst my many, many Apple purchases.

  1. The web cam is just downright pathetic.
  2. The keyboard, the infamous butterfly keyboard, is even more pathetic. I am writer and and coder and a touch typist. This really killed my mojo when using this product.
  3. It does not give me the promised 10 hour battery backup, something which the old Macbook Air regularly did.

Further, by the time I obtained the 2nd MacBook, I owned an iMac, multiple iPhones and iPad. So, perhaps, it was just that I was used to better engineering and a better computing experience which makes the 2nd MacBook Air bad by comparison.

Either way, it’s been 3 years now since I purchased the 2nd MacBook Air. It’s slowing down drastically and the keyboard has become impossible to use. I cannot type a single line before the keys stop responding. So, I want to replace it. Since 2017, the MacBook Air has been my daily driver. The laptop that I check my emails, take with me when I travel and watch movies and write blog posts and edit photos and do zoom calls.

So, I want to get the new MacBook Air. I have heard that it has the new M1 chip. I have heard that the keyboard is better. Butterfly design has been killed. So, yes, I want to get a new MacBook. Alternatively, I don’t want to buy a new MacBook. Rather, I wish to buy an iPad which will replace this MacBook.

I believe my future will involve a substantial amount of content creation — writing, podcasting and photography. So, the iPad might just make more sense than an iPad. At the same time, I don’t know if investing in a new gadget is the way to go. I am only now coming out of my debt, and my savings are still very small. So, buying stuff is an option, but not an option that I wish to exercise right now.

After years of dicking around, Windows has finally caught up with Mac in terms of quality and performance. In 2017, MacBooks were the best laptops to own. Now, Windows laptops can go toe to toe with Macs and come out winning. So, yeah, I might eschew a MacBook Air in favour of a Surface Go or any of the business laptop models from HP or even Dell.

Final Note

It’s weird. I want my MacBook to go away. But, I don’t want it go away either. With all his faults, the 2nd MacBook is a cool guy. A nice friend.

I work as a full time freelance coding tutor. Hire me at UpWork or Fiverr or Stack Overflow. My personal website is here. Find more of my art at Behance and Unsplash. Also, I have a Podcast about everyday life. And, a 2nd Podcast, where I talk about freelancing.




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