White MacBook Finally Meets Its End

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The white MacBook, discontinued for consumers last July but available for educational purchases since then, has finally met its end. Made known on Wednesday, Apple has notified resellers that the iconic laptop is now classified as “end of life,” ceasing official sales.

White MacBook

First noted by MacRumors, Apple’s decision to finally kill its lowest-price laptop option comes just weeks after Apple made its first official push into education with the iPad.

It is likely that Apple wishes to shift its remaining MacBook purchasers to iPads which will lower costs for educational institutions compared to the MacBook as well as offer Apple greater profit via the sale and use of digital textbooks and other interactive educational media that is only available on the iPad.

Institutions which do not feel that the iPad will meet their needs can now purchase MacBook Airs, which start at US$999 (not counting any education discounts), $100 more than the outgoing MacBook’s price. 

The white MacBook was first introduced in May 2006, replacing the iBook and bringing Intel processors to Apple’s portable consumer market for the first time. The model that sold up until today was last updated in May 2010.

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A moment of silence.
OK, done. Move on.


A very nice laptop in its’ day becomes a part of Apple’s storied product history.

Typed on my wife’s 2009 white MacBook.


I don’t know about elsewhere, but the MacBooks we have for student use are doing a whole lotta things that an iPad isn’t going to handle.  (Keyboarding anyone?  Can you imagine trying to teach keyboarding on a virtual keyboard?)

Now we’re going to have to decide whether to go with the Air or the Pro. The education price of the 11” Air is only $50 more than the education price of the MacBook, but, despite the faster processor (and it’s not like they were unable to put the i5 in a MacBook if they’d wanted to…) that’s at the cost of a smaller display, no optical drive (unless we buy the externals, and that increases the price), and smaller, albeit solid state, hard drive.

The 13” Pro is going to cost $200 per unit above the MacBook price, and $150 above the 11” Air, but that comes with optical drive, (Yes, we educational institutions still use those pesky CD and DVD based applications.) a much larger hard drive, even though of the stone-age platter type, same size display as the MacBook, and several other advantages.  Question is, will it be worth the extra $$$ when we need to maximize the number of units we can purchase on our limited tech budget?

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