The MacBook Air Turns 10 Today [Video]

The MacBook Air Turns 10 Today [Video]

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On January 15, 2018, ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air at Macworld.

The first generation 13.3-inch model was touted as the world's thinnest notebook. It featured a custom 1.6 GHz (L7500) or 1.8 GHz (L7700) Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4 MB on-chip L2 cache, Intel GMA X3100 graphics, 2 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 80 GB 4200-rpm 1.8-inch PATA HDD or 64GB SSD, and ran Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. To achieve its level of compactness, Apple had to drop the disc drive, FireWire port, Ethernet port, line-in, media card slot, and security slot. This left the notebook with just a single USB port, micro-DVI, and audio out.

The end result was a compact three pound notebook that Jobs famously pulled out of a manila envelope. It tapered from 0.76 inches thick to just 0.16 inches. Although, it suffered from performance issues to start, the MacBook Air played a pivotal role in the transition away from the optical drive.

You can rewatch the MacBook Air's unveiling in the video below, starting at around the 49 minute mark!

D4xM4Nx - January 16, 2018 at 9:55am
Such a fine machine, I'd say! Far superior than anything the competitors have to offer. Never looked back, unless forced to :)
~.~ - January 17, 2018 at 2:02am
Well said. Enough is enough for it.
Apple Fan - January 16, 2018 at 6:34am
Steve Jobs was a True Genius. His Legacy will live on. R.I.P Mr. Jobs. A job well done.
Neolm09 - January 15, 2018 at 9:04pm
Yeah, I didn't notice that until you mentioned it
Airbender - January 15, 2018 at 6:22pm
The part where he talked about the disc being replaced really did prove the point about how today uses a truckload of different ways and I couldn't have been happier to own a MacBook Air since its reveal.