But the new MacBook and MacBook Pro series are for rich kids only. They're expensive to buy, and they're expensive to own, and they are absolutely non-expandable once you plunk down your money. And they're fragile, lacking MagSafe, and readily dent-able.
The poly MacBook had an important place in the lineup, and now there is a void. I'd love Apple to see that and to address it.
So I don't want a less expandable, more fragile MacBook, but I do want a more modern one. When Apple originally released the A1342 series, it was technically close to the MBP in power and capability. It wasn't exactly as sweet as a MBP, but it was no slouch. This is proven out today - even these machines, 7+ years later, are still capable workhorses.
I don't think my answer is a HomerMobile or an Edsel. Instead, I think of it as today's Mini Cooper - an affordable and modernized re-think of a classic.
Therefore, without further ado, this is what I'd like from Apple for my MacBook of 2018.
Start with the A1342 unibody MacBook.
- Modernize the Logic Board and its Ports
- Upgrade from Core2Duo to a modern CPU chipset
- Retain use of dual SO-DIMM memory modules, for future expandability.
- Upgrade wireless to support 802.11ac and modern Bluetooth
- Add at least two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt
- Retain Magsafe2
- Retain or remove DisplayPort, USB2, and Ethernet ports.
- Modernize Drives
- Add an internal M.2 PCI-e drive interface to allow for modern commodity SSD drives.
- Keep SATA interface for a 2.5" drive to allow for high capacity drives (optional).
- Remove the now-obsolete DVD drive and its drive bay.
- Improve Appearance, Form, and Robustness
- Improve display with Retina-class resolution
- Improve iSight with a modern camera
- Ensure resultant device is at least as robust as the A1342 series
- Improve the clamshell hinge to reduce or eliminate the stress cracks that can develop through hyper-extension
- Fix the keyboard so it is less prone to water damage and/or more serviceable
- Thin down the case to account for lack of a DVD drive bay, and/or expand the battery capacity.
- Retain ability of user service for memory and drives
- Retain the $1000 price tag of the 2010-vintage A1342 MacBook.