Ten years in the past at this time, Steve Jobs triumphantly held up a manilla interoffice mail envelope to a spherical of applause on the Moscone Conference Heart in San Francisco. It was a foolish gimmick, however it received the purpose throughout. A yr after introducing the Macworld crowd to the iPhone, the corporate was about so as to add one other cornerstone product to its repertoire.
Ten years and 7 generations later, the MacBook Air’s design hasn’t modified all that a lot — a rarity for an aesthetically obsessed firm like Apple. Positive, there have been little tweaks over time, just like the second era Magsafe connector and a change to the ports, however in any other case, the wedge-shaped, “world’s thinnest pocket book” has remained remarkably constant.
That first Air hit the market in February 2008, weighing a mere three kilos (Apple would later shave off a number of ounces, however the weight would additionally keep roughly the identical), coming in at two kilos lower than a MacBook with the identical display dimension.
A yr after successfully killing the smartphone keyboard, the Air maintained a full-size QWERTY. Jobs promised “no compromises,” however some have been actually made within the identify of maintaining the system skinny and lightweight.
Jobs talked down the significance of the optical drive, one other in an extended like of Apple-spurred obsolescence — on this case, the corporate was proper on course there. Apple’s design staff additionally hid some ports in a flip-down hatch, in the end putting off that bit in 2010. Even so, the laptop computer was a wonderful little bit of engineering. Just like the iPhone and iPod earlier than it, this was peak Apple.
In recent times, the laptop computer has largely stagnated — notably as soon as the corporate launched the redesigned 13-inch MacBook. Air followers have largely given up hope that the corporate will supply a serious refresh to the road, as Apple has shifted its laptop computer technique.
Regardless that the product is not a essential focus for the corporate, the Air’s had exceptional endurance. The laptop computer appears destined to fade away, quite than burn out — besides, within the lower throat world of shopper electronics, a decade’s a reasonably good run.