Biggest Moments in Macintosh Computer History: The Apple MacBook Air
Why not focus on the MacBook Pro as one of the biggest moments in Macintosh computer history? While Apple’s Mac turns 30, the Mac Pro is approaching a decade in age — a long run for a line of laptop PCs.
But while it’s true that the MacBook Pro has been incredibly popular, it was the natural evolution of Apple’s PowerBook line of Mac notebook offerings. It’s always been an impressive machine and the latest MacBook Pro is a high-resolution powerhouse. But it’s the MacBook Air that’s had a massive influence on the PC industry as a whole.
Ever since Steve Jobs first pulled a Macbook Air out of a manilla envelope on stage in 2008, this tiny Apple notebook has upset the apple cart (no pun intended). Weighing in at only 3 pounds (current versions start at just 2.3 pounds) while still offering decent performance and battery life, the MacBook Air quickly became the best-selling Mac notebook. PC makers raced to compete, resulting in the Ultrabook — which still hasn’t matched MacBook Air sales, despite offerings from the likes of Sony, Asus and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ).
The MacBook Air was used by Apple to commercially introduce technologies like solid state drives (SSDs), eliminate optical drives and to push the limits of battery capabilities. The latest challenger to the MacBook Air is Google (GOOG) Chromebooks, including the lookalike Samsung (SSNLF) Chromebook Series 3.
It’s innovative and wildly popular products like the MacBook Air that will ensure that the 30th birthday of the Apple Mac isn’t the last major anniversary this PC pioneer will be celebrating.