The MacBook Air: restore default

MacBook Air keyboard Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge

Nilay Patel published his 2020 MacBook Air review yesterday. He calls it “the best Mac for most people” and I agree. After three iterations in its modern incarnation, the MacBook Air has finally been restored to its place as the default MacBook.

When your computer goes haywire and you can’t seem to diagnose the problem, usually the easiest solution is to just wipe everything and start from scratch. You restore default settings and start again with a clean slate, avoiding whatever mistakes you couldn’t undo before.

It’s not a perfect metaphor for what Apple did with the MacBook Air, but it’s not far off. It fits because Apple fixed the keyboard, mainly. But the company also gritted its teeth and held out until Intel could make a chip…

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