Apple has unveiled the MacBook Air – the world’s thinnest laptop – on January 15 at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The notebook has a thickness of 0.16 to 0.77 inches (0.4 to 1.94 cm).
Despite its slimness, the MacBook Air has all the features of an entry-level laptop. There’s only one model, with 13.3-inch screen and 1.36 kg in weight. I presume it’s only available in one colour too.
One of the biggest issues with laptops (versus desktop computers) is overheating, and the problem usually gets bigger when the size gets smaller. Interesting to see how the MacBook Air handles that.
Regardless, it will cost someone US$1799 to be an owner of the world’s thinnest laptop. It’s not a lot more expensive than the standard MacBook though, so I guess Apple fans may find this tempting.
Update January 2018 – A decade later. The record has changed hands numerous times. Dell first broke it in 2009 with Adamo. And Acer’s Swift 7 is the current record holder (0.35 inches, or 8.98 mm). Later models of MacBook Air also became thinner but Apple never got the record back.