I think you're on the money there: it filled a real, but very narrow niche between the iPad and the MacBook Pro/Air - you had to really need that extra portability - and not really care about connectivity - not to get a MBA/MBP, and really need the kb/pointer-based interface and MacOS apps not to get an iPad. It undoubtably ticked the boxes for a few people, but now we have the Air offering a retina display on the one hand, and Apple apparently getting serious about making the iPad more of a 'proper computer' with iPadOS, that niche is only going to shrink.If it had been much cheaper it would of bitten more in to Ipad sales for those on the fence of requirements
I'd be interested in seeing ARM-based Macs, but I don't think a change like that - which is going to rely on as many developers as possible building ARM versions of their applications - would happen without a pre-announcement at WWDC and some sort of development system available to developers in advance. Launch an ARM Mac in a hurry without a critical mass of native applications and that will certainly prove the skeptics right - 'cos its probably not gonna be very impressive at running x86 apps via son-of-Rosetta.I think Apple realised that their upcoming 12" ARM Macbook is more powerful, better battery life and so on..
I guess we will see in fall or next year at latest
Except it wasn’t a netbook. The Air doesn’t have a much more powerful processor. The Core M is quite capable. The main issue I think was the price.Overpriced, underpowered, with a small screen and limited connectivity.
It was essentially the netbook all over again. Something that Steve Jobs had made fun of when the MacBook Air was brought to market years prior. Launching the MacBook as the Air replacement was doomed to fail.
I think you may underestimate how many different scenarios that would made an easier choice if the price of the MB had been comparable to the IP/IPPI really don't think that the MacBook would have competed that heavily with iPad if the MacBook's price was lowered. I'd guess that very, very few people actually think, "should I get an iPad or a MacBook?" Maybe similar price, similar size, but way different capabilities. I'm thinking the vast majority of people go in wanting either a laptop or a tablet, because they need to do productivity things, or they want to consume media on their couch, respectively. I'd also guess most people will end up with some kind of laptop and some kind of tablet, so no need to choose just one.