Hands-on with Apple’s MacBook Air (with video)

At Macworld Conference & Expo 2008, Wired’s Jose Fermoso checks out Apple’s new, ultra-thin, ultra-light MacBook Ai:

Direct link via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTcTQsKyrdU

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. OK, here I go, dipping my toe into boiling water.

    Personally, I don’t entirely get the MacBook Air. I acknowledge its good looks and technological underpinnings, but to me it’s taste of the future, rather than an overwhelmingly useful device for the present. It’s expensive, and I can’t really see why thin is such an advantage.

    I’m undoubtedly in a minority of Mac users (or at least MDN readers), and that’s probably just as well. If Apple sells lots of them, they’ll be able to further develop the concept, and one day I’ll get its descendent, literally and metaphorically.

  2. @Cubert. Yeah, “a celebration of design” describes it well. In retrospect, the 20 th Century Mac was a foretaste of the latest iteration of the iMac. I wonder what the MacBook Air portends?

    And thanks for the edit MDN. Any progress with user editing?

  3. During the keynote when Steve was introducing it he reviewed why it was better for the environment. Bunch of stuff inside is being made without many of the bad chemicals that the Greenpeace type complain about.

  4. I don’t think most people get what is so revolutionary about the macbook air and other Apple products such as the imac and iphone…

    The innards of these devices are getting so small that the form factor will soon be almost completely up to artistic design. The limitations in form are no longer the innards as they were several years ago, but the I/O hardware (eg screens and keyboards). But as soon as foldable screens, holographic projection, hand gesturing, lip reading and the like go mainstream then Apple will be ready with the software and internal computing to go with them.

    The smaller these devices, ultimately the cheaper they can be produced and the more sturdy they will be. Apple is paving the way to the future tech dreamed of by many for the last 50 years, where there will be cheap ubiquitouslife improving computer techology for all.

  5. I’ve heard complaints about the non-removable battery from tech writers. But if the average battery life is 2 hours, and the MBA lasts for 5 hours, why can’t these writers figure out that this is a non-issue? It’s exactly like having 2 batteries with you.

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