Apple Tried And Failed To Make A Black MacBook Air

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    Apple did indeed test out a black powder-coated MacBook Air, but the treatment absorbed body oils and didn't live up to Steve's standards, according to an anonymous Apple employee.

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    This employee got in touch after we wrote about emails we'd received claiming that the next-generation MacBook Air would have a black option.

    The email:
    The sender doesn't have an existing track record, but after chatting with him, we suspect his story checks out.

    Article Link: Apple Tried And Failed To Make A Black MacBook Air
     
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    Darn!

    I knew the black macbook air was too good to be true....
     
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    Santabean2000

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    That's a shame. I'd love to get one of these black puppies if they can sort out the coat.
     
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    I have seen black aluminum PC laptops, surely Apple can pull it off if Sony and Lenovo can.
     
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    wordoflife

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    The title of this article seems very unMacrumors-like. Must be written by the new guy.
    The title, however, did give me a good chuckle.
     
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    So that's why we saw black prototypes on eBay. I look forward to seeing a black model though. It's also normal that Apple slashed that idea off if it deteriorated the looks of their computers-- they are all for image.
     
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    Sorry but, "black aluminum PC laptops" and Apple don't belong in the same sentence..... Because there is a difference

    Steve made the right decision, but I'm glad he realizes that the Black Mac needs to come back.
     
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    I can't believe oily finger prints held them back. I had a black MacBook and it was a magnet for finger prints.
     
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    The title is 100% accurate.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Fine with me, less chance of overheating when using outside in the sun
     
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    I'd like to have one of the black Pro's, that's floating around the campus.
     
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    Exactly why it was unmacrumours like! :p

    For the all haters, that was a joke :D
     
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    You should have seen the first version!

    Steve Jobs Killed Black MacBook Air Because Your Greasy Palms Made It Gross

    OK, just kidding. But I appreciate y'all bearing with me while I do my best to learn the MacRumors style.
     
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    Kinda rough on the "new" editor Jordan aren't you?? Give people a chance, I'm sure when you start something new, you come out doing it perfectly right? .... Not :rolleyes:
     
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    wordoflife

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    I didn't deny that.
     
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    Do people claiming to be Apple employees that are "in the know" write to MacRumors often? I'm going to guess not.

    As such, I'm still hopeful for a black MBA.
     
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    Whoa ... I never said I didn't like the new style, I was just pointing out that it's a bit different.
    If you must know though, I like the variety! :) Keep up the great work.
     
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    If Lenovo can make a quality aluminum black laptop, why can't apple?
     
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    Only in your mind.
     
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    Even still, think about it:

    Dual Core + Integrated Graphics + Black = $350 Black Macbook on Craigslist.

    This is also a good indicator of the next iteration of MBA's (with an SSD of course).
     
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    Keep it up Jordan ... You only learn and get better by doing more articles, and you have a great team to reach out to that can help you smooth out the rough edges....we all gotta start somewhere
     
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    Sounds like the aluminum pitting that happened on the pre-unibody MacBook Pro's (which I believe were powder-coated) from your oils and sweat.

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    Hm, that's a shame. I'm kind of curious what they did with the trackpad to make it black, doing the rest of the computer isn't difficult.
     
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    Lenovo doesn't make anything quality, with that said, here are the Reviews of the laptop your claiming, notice how 1 writer says exactly what made Steve axe the project...hmmmm ...and you say lenovo make quality?? how about less quality ;)

    Really? How so? (I'm up for a tasteful debate)
     
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    That is a much better title! I would have laughed.
     

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