Newsweek’s Steven Levy’s Apple MacBook Air disappears into thin air

“I can’t find my MacBook Air,” Steven Levy reports for Newsweek.

“It was a Wednesday morning. I thought I would take the Air to work with me. I was fairly confident of its location—an area of my apartment that includes a couch, a coffee table and a side table. This was also where I leave the white cube that is the computer’s power supply, plugged into the extension cord right by the sofa. On that Wednesday, the power cord was indeed in place. But a quick scan did not reveal the presence of the laptop,” Levy reports.

“On Sundays in my apartment, the coffee table where the Air sat becomes the final resting place for the bulky New York Times,” Levy reports. “It is not unusual for other magazines, and newspapers from previous days, to accumulate there as well. My wife, whose clutter tolerance is well below my own, sometimes will swoop in and hastily gather the pulp in a huge stack, going directly to the trash-compactor room just down the hall from our apartment, dumping the pile into a plastic recycling bin… Could it be that somewhere in the stack was a Macintosh computer so thin that its manufacturer brags it could fit inside an envelope?”

There’s more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Ampar” and “WindozeKiller” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: Ouch, to be thrown out with the NY Times… the poor Air. Levy reports that Newsweek is covering the $1,800 loss. Stories like this will sell MacBook Air to people for whom light and thin in a notebook is a high priority.


  1. I’ve owned a Macbook for about 20 months now and it goes everywhere I go. This past weekend I played with the Air.
    The thinness is really nice, but I was blown away by the weight. Picking it up with one hand makes a ton of difference in lugging and mobility. It almost felt cheap and/or empty. I do wish it was really white instead of gray, but there was nothing else to be picky about. It simply to date is the best mobile machine out there, if true mobility is your main priority. And like everyone else, I think it should be $1299, but micro anything has always had an initial cost. It is easy to fall in love with that thing, and students come fall are going to buy this thing like bobody’s nusiness. This is a hot item and I would add a large student discount to this thing. That would increase so much free publicity.

  2. Surely if you’re throwing stuff away – especially when it’s going for recycling – you check it to make sure you’re not throwing away something you need, or that you’re not going to corrupt a load of other materials when recycling?

  3. Such is the hazard of living with a neat freak. I had something like this happen to me a decade ago. I had all my tax documents sitting in a pile, ready to get filed. Their unfortunate proximity next to a stack of newspapers when my roommate was in a cleaning frenzy sealed their fate. It took nearly 9 months to get replacements.

    OTOH, he does do all the dishes…

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