Apple quietly discontinues white MacBook

With the launch of the updated MacBook Air, Apple apparently is longer selling the white MacBook.

Bye-bye, MacBook.
Bye-bye, MacBook. CBS Interactive

Along with releasing a flurry of new products this morning, Apple has also apparently discontinued its white MacBook.

Following today's announcements of a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini, the white MacBook was no longer available on Apple's online store. That notebook, which boasted a 13-inch screen and came in at $999, is, however, selling in Apple's online refurbished marketplace for $849.

So far, Apple hasn't commented on what happened to the white MacBook, and the company did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment. However, it might have simply been a case of no longer needing it.

Earlier today, Apple released updated MacBook Air models equipped with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, as well as Thunderbolt support. The 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $999, putting it at the same price as Apple's white MacBook.

Apple's apparent decision to discontinue the white MacBook is still a bit of surprise, though. Just last week, rumors cropped up claiming Apple would be updating the white MacBook.

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