Will I Finally Upgrade my MacBook​ Air in 2018?

I woke up one morning more excited than usual. MacOS Mojave was out! I quickly raced my cursor over to the app store only to receive an error message after clicking the “purchase” button. Gulp. I feared the worse for my aging MacBook Air. You guessed it, Apple’s latest OS release to their beloved Mac line-up was no longer supported on my device. My first gut reaction was to upgrade my laptop. Granted, I had only possessed my hand-me-down MacBook Air for a couple of months, but with the number of important tasks it had handled–along with the 500+ battery cycles already logged–I somehow found a way to justify the potential purchase. Thus, my research for a new MacBook began.

MacBookI had been eyeing the MacBook 12″ for some time prior to inheriting the MacBook Air 13″. The form factor really intrigued me and I found that the MacBook Air was not as lap-friendly as I wanted it to be due to the scorching heat pushed out by the fans during even moderate Safari use. Its most well-established stipulation–the keyboard–was a non-factor for me since Apple was offering four-year support for its new butterfly-switch keyboards by now and I hadn’t detested it like others when testing it at the nearby Apple retailer. In fact, I liked the keys more than my MacBook Air, although not by much. Perhaps I was too enamored by its improved aesthetics and would come to dislike the cardboard-like keyboard over extended use. I suppose I am a blogger after all.

I particularly loved the rose gold color variant on it. I sport a pink wristband on my FitBit as we speak so feminine colors have never intimidated me, although I would most likely place a matte black d-brand skin on it and only show off the rose gold as accents to the MacBook. Of course, with the October keynote rumored–and eventually confirmed–I decided to wait it out to see what Apple had up their sleeves. With great anticipation, Tim Cook walked across the New York Opera House stage and formally announced the release of its new MacBook Air. In many ways, the new MacBook Air was everything I wanted it to be. It maintained its wedge-shaped form factor, updated the keys to Apple’s latest iteration of the butterfly-switch keyboard which in theory should be durable, increased the size of the trackpad to match other MacBooks in the line-up, and most importantly, replaced that outdated 1440×900 screen with a true 2560×1600 retina display, a must for photographers and video editors. There were some additional perks I didn’t need but were more than welcomed–including the fingerprint reader and the T2 security chip–but some compromises as well. Two thunderbolt 3 ports placed on the same side of the laptop with no native mag-safe contraption and an increased price tag of $1199. Ouch.

High Sierra

Considering I got my perfectly functional MacBook Air Late 2010 on the cheap, it was difficult to swallow the price jump, especially when I was looking at used or refurbished 12″ MacBooks for around $900. But as I continue to fall behind the MacOS updates and keep using High Sierra, I’ve come to realize that I don’t really need the OS upgrade per se. Yes, I enviously look over the fence at dark mode, but many of the MacOS apps I use already support dark mode. Yes, many of the native Apple applications have gotten some noticeable design improvements, but at least I can experience some of the improvements on my iOS devices. At the end of the day, I decided not to upgrade for now, which I think is a testament to my MacBook Air in general.