throwback to a computer that changed the laptop landscape

The MacBook Air was unveiled on January 15, 2008 by Steve Jobs. Billed as the thinnest laptop in the world, the device will have sparked a new era for the sector, the era of ultraportable computers.

The path traveled in 15 years is as visible as it is subtle for the MacBook Air from Apple. But there is no denying that this computer changed the face of the market. He succeeded, at the time, in setting new standards in portability, which the entire industry has eagerly adopted and improved over the years.

The beginning of an era

So it was on January 15, 2008 that the late Steve Jobs stepped onto the stage at the Macworld San Francisco conference, an envelope in hand. From this simple paper envelope, the former Apple boss pulled out, to everyone’s amazement – ​​and a year after presenting his iPhone – the all-new MacBook Air. “We managed to build the thinnest laptop in the world without sacrificing the full keyboard or the 13-inch screen” Jobs told us, proud of himself.

End he certainly was. If the standard MacBook and the MacBook Pro were not imposing monsters either, the Air version showed that it was possible to pack enough high-performance components into a box with minimal dimensions. The device therefore had dimensions of 32.5 x 22.7 x 1.94 cm for a weight of approximately 1.32 kg, or 1 kg less than the MacBook. It featured a 13.3-inch screen and a full keyboard. It contained within it an Intel Core 2 Duo processor up to 1.8 GHz and an 80 GB hard drive of storage.

Obviously, such a fine design led to some concessions. Thus, a 64 GB SSD was optional, the laptop had only one USB port, a headphone jack and a micro-DVI port to connect it to an external monitor. No CD player was present, this can be purchased separately for €89. This very first MacBook Air was sold at a price of €1,699, a price already insane at the time, but which did not slow down its success. The brand’s laptop has always sold well over its new versions.

The industry influenced

The success of the presentation and then the sales, despite its price, of the MacBook Air has reshuffled the cards of the vision of portability among brands. This is how the category of ultraportables appeared in the trade. These very compact, very light computers often come at higher prices than standard laptops. Each actor wanted (and still wants) to show off their abilities to miniaturize ever more powerful components into ever smaller and lighter laptops.

Apple has come a long way since announcing its first ultraportable. Its latest version, equipped with an in-house M2 chip has slightly revised its design, in particular abandoning the famous design of the sloping hull.

Rumors have been swirling since last year that a 15-inch MacBook Air model might launch to celebrate the event this year. A rumor still difficult to consider when reading the latest leaks. The company would indeed be mainly focused on the launch of its mixed reality headset and would not bring about any major change in this sense in its latest products by then.

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