Opinion: Should Apple bring back the 11-inch MacBook Air?


Right now, Apple currently only sells one version of the MacBook Air, which is its 13-inch MacBook Air that was released in 2018. It’s the only size for the laptop right now, whereas the MacBook Pro comes in two sizes; the 13-inch and 16-inch.

One thing that I have always loved about the 11-inch MacBook Air is its size and portability. For a time, this was one of the coolest laptops to have and it made it even cooler for me when I saw others using it out in public.

MacBook Air 11 side

The only downside with the 11-inch MacBook Air was the amount of power it had. This is not to say that it was a “weak” laptop, but the baseline version was certainly not the best of the best.

My dream laptop for a while was the 11-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It would have been perfect for me because of its size, portability, and the fact that it could multitask the way I wanted to, as well as have plenty of storage too.

I also saw it used in the HBO TV series Silicon Valley, where the main character, Richard Hendricks, used the laptop to create his algorithm and his company too. Seeing the MacBook Air on that show made me love it even more.

In fact, if you need any more of a reason to like the 11-inch MacBook Air, even Appleosophy’s founder and CEO, Holden Satterwhite, has this laptop that he uses to manage our daily business operations.


If Apple were interested in making a laptop for the people who prefer smaller laptops and giving them as much power in that size and possible, then I think that this is something that they should open themselves up to it.

I think of it as the iPhone SE of MacBooks. Some people do not want a huge laptop to carry around in a laptop bag or in their hand. They want something as small as possible that will get the job done.

Sadly, I think that with the discontinuation of the 12-inch MacBook and the spec upgrades of both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, and the fact that you can get the Apple Smart Keyboard for them, it looks as though Apple does not have any immediate plans to bring back and/or remake the 11-inch MacBook Air.

Yes, the 13-inch MacBook Air/Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro are both great laptops, but I think Apple needs to start being more open to creating a new laptop for the ones where portability is a must and the small size being everything.