The secret to most articles can be found in the headline. Ian Fuchs:
Forget the MacBook Air. Roll your own Apple ‘laptop’ for less than $600.
Slice and dice time. A Mac is not a laptop. It’s a notebook. And a Mac. And nobody calls it an Apple laptop.
Apple’s current cheapest offering is the MacBook Air, also starting at $1,100. Fortunately, you don’t have to drop over a grand to get an incredibly versatile, powerful, and portable budget laptop made by Apple.
See the trickery?
Thanks to improvements in software and a couple small hardware revisions, you can now get an Apple laptop that’s nearly perfect for just about anyone, and pay less than $600. The only catch — it runs iPadOS.
Just get a Bluetooth keyboard for an iPad. Trickery, indeed.