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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.




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 rumors that the next iteration of the MBA's will have an optional black finish is grounded in truth.

We tried to powder coat the Air's (and Pro's for that matter) in black as a test run. There are more than a few floating around campus.

The coating looks good and holds up well, but it also soaks up body oils, making the palm rest look pretty gross. Ultimately that is the reason that the top brass (Jobs) killed the idea... it was just too easy to make the computer look like crap.

At some point we may offer a black coating, but it won't be powder coat, and it won't be anytime soon.
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
 

Santabean2000

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Nov 20, 2007
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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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Macopotamus

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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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ratzzo

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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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iDisk

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I have seen black aluminum PC laptops, surely Apple can pull it off if Sony and Lenovo can.

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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jlgolson

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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.
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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iDisk

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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.

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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PorterRocks

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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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wordoflife

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Jul 6, 2009
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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.


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:
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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theman123

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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.

If Lenovo can make a quality aluminum black laptop, why can't apple?
 
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altecXP

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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.

Only in your mind.
 
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skitzogreg

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Oct 31, 2007
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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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iDisk

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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.

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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kjjnk

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Mar 1, 2011
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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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RedReplicant

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Mar 31, 2010
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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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iDisk

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Jan 2, 2010
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If Lenovo can make a quality aluminum black laptop, why can't apple?

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 ;)

Only in your mind.

Really? How so? (I'm up for a tasteful debate)
 
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