A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on purchasing a new Mac, and I was very surprised to find the MacBook was no longer for sale in the Apple Store. There were a few refurbished MacBooks on Apple’s site, but no new MacBooks.

Upon further research, it looks like Apple quietly discontinued the MacBook in late July. I don’t know how this slipped by my radar, and I have mixed feelings about the ramifications. MacBooks are the student workhorse at many of the schools Techcare supports, and although the 11″ MacBook Air retail in the same price range, I just don’t see them holding up to similar long-term use/abuse.