Not as light as apple said

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mobius 1, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Mobius 1 macrumors 6502

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    K, so some of u guys see the MBA 11" lifted by helium balloon

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    like that


    turns out the balloon is plastic and possibly hanged from a wire

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    see the hollow plastic balloon there?



    or is me mistaken?



    lol
     
  2. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

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    It's just a marketing thing, but it looks cool.

    Edit: - Did you crash your car into that building just to prove that?
     
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    It's the display at my apple store too, and it CLEARY has a solid wire from the balloon to the ceiling.

    I don't think they want peeps to actually believe it's a real balloon?
     
  5. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah i doubt anybody over the age of 10 would believe that the display was real.

    While at it, we may as well complain that the 5 foot iPad models on display arent real.
     
  6. Randizzledante macrumors regular

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    Lmfao, made my day.
     
  7. MJedi, Jun 3, 2011
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    Poor Apple Store! :eek:

    At least it didn't hit the display tables. :D

    Where did this happen, and how?

    My local Apple Store has the same display. I know it's not a real balloon holding it up, but it is a great window display that catches the shoppers attention.

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  8. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Too bad it's a cheaper car. Only a Lexus or Beamer deserves Apple-smashing distinction ;)
     
  9. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    :mad: Thanks for spoiling it for the rest of us. At least put it in white so that people who want to read it have to highlight it.

    Kidding.
     
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    If they used real balloons they would constantly have to replace them as they leaked down, people might mess with them, and they would get blown around with air currents.

    Like everyone else said it's just a fun marketing display, I don't think it is meant to be taken literally.
     
  11. Mobius 1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well none of my apple store has that lol

    if the balloon was real would it really be able to lift that air?
     
  12. MBABuyer macrumors regular

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    It would need to be a bigger balloon... just think about it, they use tiny weights to hold those things to the ground, even when grouped together. It would have to be slightly smaller than a weather balloon I bet
     
  13. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    Helium has a lifting force of about 1 gram per liter. (source)

    A typical amusement park balloon holds 14 liters of Helium.

    The 11in MBA weighs 1.06Kg (1060g), so you'd need about ~76 balloons.
    The 13in MBA weighs 1.32Kg (1320g), so you'd need about ~95 balloons.

    This is assuming the balloon itself and string are negligible in weight... so you may wanna throw in some extra balloons :p
     
  14. Mobius 1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hahahahaha

    nice customer marketing strategy tho
     
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  16. Mobius 1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    can u count the balloon in that thing?

    lawl
     
  17. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    The MacBook Air also appears to be made out of metal, and not air at all. I have also been totally unable to find the book that I expected to find with my Mac. I'm glad you crashed your car into the store in order to expose the Apple lies.
     
  18. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Since the Air weighs 1.06Kg and as another poster mentioned helium has a lifting force of 1gram/Liter, it's a very straight-forward bit of math. 1060grams=1060 Liters of Helium (plus change for balloon and string mass). That is equal to a cube of about 1.02 meters on all sides, or a spherical balloon 1.27 meters in diameter.

    It probably could fit in a window display, but I think the effect would be lost. :p
     
  19. TrollToddington macrumors 6502

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    It's exactly so, for further reading one can read this - http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/21168/How-much-helium-do-one-need-to-lift-1Kg
     

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