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By Stephen Hackett

The Hackett File: After five years, Apple has restored MacBook clarity

iPad with trackpad

Five years is a long time, especially in consumer electronics. The iPhone went from the original model to the iPhone 5 in as many years. Just think about how many changes took place in that time frame; the iPhone 5’s screen was both larger and more dense than the original, and it packed in LTE, a Lightning port, a much better camera and shockingly better performance in a chassis that weighed less, was thinner and much better built.

Likewise, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was introduced just five years after the original iPad, and the entire run of pre-Retina MacBooks lasted just five years.

That brings us to the 2020 MacBook Air, which Jason recently reviewed. Due to the current situation we all find ourselves in, I haven’t been able to play with one in an Apple Store, but I did buy my wife a 2018 MacBook Air a few months after it was introduced, and in my review of that laptop, I praised Apple for bringing the MacBook Air into the modern air, but raised concerns about the keyboard.…

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