Why is there no black MacBook?

travelsheep

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Can someone please explain to me why there is no black MacBook ? Something like we already had. And the white one? How can a company this size have such a miniature product selection?
 

Winstonp

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I recall the old one's had paint that chipped off pretty easily. Looked pretty cool before that happened, though.
 

PeterJP

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I like the fact that there's limited choice! I was looking at a Lenovo desktop and I could download a sheet with all the configurations. Let me tell you, 4000+ lines to run through is no fun. And B+W are so 20th century. It's all silver or metal grey these days :)
 
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Can someone please explain to me why there is no black MacBook ? Something like we already had. And the white one? How can a company this size have such a miniature product selection?
The Black MacBook was plastic and didn't wear/age well. If you really wan't black then you could get a topcase or vinyl wrap it.
 

amgff84

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Can someone please explain to me why there is no black MacBook ? Something like we already had. And the white one? How can a company this size have such a miniature product selection?
No demand for it. Sales are good so Apple see's no reason to change their line up. Also, a smaller line up means less problems, and more money in their pocket.

I recently had the same thoughts. I would like to see these older MacBooks either reissued as limited time only with updated specs, or revamped and released as options. I gotta be honest, I would prefer a soft touch black MacBook over a cold aluminum one that dents easier than a soda can.
 
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Can someone please explain to me why there is no black MacBook ? Something like we already had. And the white one? How can a company this size have such a miniature product selection?
Kuzy black matte covers do it for me for an alternative look.
 
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benjo765

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Can someone please explain to me why there is no black MacBook ? Something like we already had. And the white one? How can a company this size have such a miniature product selection?
I believe they have refined their use of metallic color to reliably produce such a shade. Hopefully one day soon.
 

darkmatter343

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Although the materials some of the other manufactures use, Dell, Lenovo, especially the soft rubberized black material, it does not age well. Within a short time it starts peeling away. I don't like resting my palms on metal, but at the same time I can appreciate it more then a $2k/3k Dell Latitude or X1 Carbon that has the material wearing off after the first year.

EDIT: And Space grey has to be the nicest looking color.
 
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Sg looks good to me. I mean that's the trend now a days anyway. If someone had a black laptop I'd think it's something lame
 

Psyclism

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Space Gray is nice, but I wish they'd make a third Gunmetal color. Not black, but not silver either.
 

amgff84

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Although the materials some of the other manufactures use, Dell, Lenovo, especially the soft rubberized black material, it does not age well. Within a short time it starts peeling away. I don't like resting my palms on metal, but at the same time I can appreciate it more then a $2k/3k Dell Latitude or X1 Carbon that has the material wearing off after the first year.

EDIT: And Space grey has to be the nicest looking color.
I get what you are saying, but they market these things as long lasting and high end.With that said, my mint late 2008 unibody will soon enough be rendered useless as El Capitan is the highest supported OS. So yeah, it lasted a while but I feel most of these machines will pass from the original owners to second hand owners fast enough, and while I like the unibody design, I feel that if they released a machine like the original MB 4,1 or 5,2 they had replaceable top cases so they worn parts can be replaced. This just shows that these are not truly designed to be long lasting machine due to limitations on repairs. Thats how I feel about it anyways.
 

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I think the only explanation that fits on the lack of a black laptop is that apple doesn't want one. Btw, I'd love to see one, but alas, I doubt we'll see one anytime soon.
 

amgff84

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I think the only explanation that fits on the lack of a black laptop is that apple doesn't want one. Btw, I'd love to see one, but alas, I doubt we'll see one anytime soon.
Yeah, they are comfortable with their lineup as it fills their bank quite well.
 

amgff84

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Just get one another color and put a black wrap on it. Or a blue one, or green, or orange, leather, .....
I like the vinyl wraps. I got a plastic hard shell one for my girlfriends MacBook, it looks okay, and offers protection for sure, just adds to the thickness. My kids got wraps from decalgirl.com and those look great with the matching wallpaper.
 
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I actually think it could be a really cool idea once Apple moves to ARM chips. Not just black but moving back to poly carbonate in multiple colors. Something to compete with Chromebooks and get Apple back in the education space. Think iPhone 4c but for MacBooks.

I really doubt they are going to leave the plain MacBook branding to waste after discontinuing the 12” MB. But who knows.
 

amgff84

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I actually think it could be a really cool idea once Apple moves to ARM chips. Not just black but moving back to poly carbonate in multiple colors. Something to compete with Chromebooks and get Apple back in the education space. Think iPhone 4c but for MacBooks.

I really doubt they are going to leave the plain MacBook branding to waste after discontinuing the 12” MB. But who knows.
I'm with you on that. Imagine MacBooks in those colors? They wouldn't be able to keep them on the shelves... plus it would open a whole lot of MacBooks for the used market.
 

DanMan619

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I'm with you on that. Imagine MacBooks in those colors? They wouldn't be able to keep them on the shelves... plus it would open a whole lot of MacBooks for the used market.
I agree. I think entry level ARM Macbooks meant to compete with Chromebooks that come in crazy colors would be incredibly popular with high schoolers and college students. Or just anyone who wanted a cheaper Mac that had some flair.
 

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I have to say the black MacBook was something of a beauty.

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The closest thing we have to black Mac now is space gray. My guess is that Apple wants all its product to look "metallic" and black would be too dark to hint that it's actually made of aluminum. Aluminum, titanium, or other metal cased computers look and feel more premium than their poly-carbonate counterparts and Apple wants to show that off.
 

mightyjabba

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Black anodized things have a bad problem with scratching and showing fingerprints (my black Razer laptop looks very smudgy unless you wipe it down regularly), so I think Apple has intentionally decided to go with a bit of a lighter color to try and avoid some of this. Maybe if they could come up with some kind of other material or coating (similar to the Jet Black iPhone a while back) then it could work.

I don't see them going back to a plastic and polycarbonate portable again, and for the record those black MacBooks had terrible problems with the plastic on the wrist rest cracking.
 

ignatius345

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Black anodized things have a bad problem with scratching and showing fingerprints (my black Razer laptop looks very smudgy unless you wipe it down regularly), so I think Apple has intentionally decided to go with a bit of a lighter color to try and avoid some of this. Maybe if they could come up with some kind of other material or coating (similar to the Jet Black iPhone a while back) then it could work.

I don't see them going back to a plastic and polycarbonate portable again, and for the record those black MacBooks had terrible problems with the plastic on the wrist rest cracking.
If they could do a really high quality plastic/polycarbonite/whatever I'd be on board for it for the weight and durability. I'd be surprised if the materials hadn't gotten better since the days of those black (and white) MacBooks.

Seems like Apple's whole design identity these days is about aluminum, though, so we'll probably not see a plastic MacBook anytime soon.