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  • Apple Attempted To Make Black MacBook Air



    Apparently the night terrors I used to have of a giant black Macbook Air terrorizing my hometown Cloverfield-style were warranted. Apple attempted to bring a black MacBook Air to market, but failed.

    According to an anonymous Apple employee, who contacted MacRumors after they ran a story claiming the next MacBook Air would have a black option, the black powder-coated MAs weren't up to Apple standards. The coating absorbed body oils and failed to get the Jobs seal of approval.

    The rumors that the next iteration of the MBA's will have an optional black finish is grounded in truth.

    We tried to powder coat the Air's (and Pro's for that matter) in black as a test run. There are more than a few floating around campus.

    The coating looks good and holds up well, but it also soaks up body oils, making the palm rest look pretty gross. Ultimately that is the reason that the top brass (Jobs) killed the idea... it was just too easy to make the computer look like crap.

    At some point we may offer a black coating, but it won't be powder coat, and it won't be anytime soon.
    Hopefully Apple figures this out, cause a matte-back MA is just what I need so I can sleep through the night.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Attempted To Make Black MacBook Air started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Sherminator's Avatar
      Sherminator -
      My Anodized Black Alienware MX17R2 has had my sweaty palms on it for 6 months now with no sign of them ever being there.

      Perhaps Dell can do something Apple cannot?
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      wow, that's pretty nice
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I didn't think a black Macbook would look good, but the one in the pic looks awesome
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      it looked effing sweet i was thinking about buying one hopefully they get it right i know how steve likes everything perfect
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sherminator View Post
      My Anodized Black Alienware MX17R2 has had my sweaty palms on it for 6 months now with no sign of them ever being there.

      Perhaps Dell can do something Apple cannot?

      Yes other companies have them but it is more about how the coloring is done and the material they are putting it on.
    1. FleetGeek's Avatar
      FleetGeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sherminator View Post
      My Anodized Black Alienware MX17R2 has had my sweaty palms on it for 6 months now with no sign of them ever being there.

      Perhaps Dell can do something Apple cannot?
      But the palm rest is only plastic anyway. And i seriously doubt you're going to pick up a 6kg beast like that with sweaty hands!!
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sherminator View Post
      My Anodized Black Alienware MX17R2 has had my sweaty palms on it for 6 months now with no sign of them ever being there.

      Perhaps Dell can do something Apple cannot?
      Anodizing is a whole different process and material than powder coating.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      we powder coat parts where i work and even a white powder coat shows fingerprints. just saying.
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      argh!!!!!!!
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      i swear i saw one about last year around this time maybe, maybe earlier in near the winter, i couldn't tell if it was a black macbook air or a macbook air with a cover that did a good job of covering up every inch of the computer, because it was as thin as an air but black like the first macbooks
    1. Junkie's Avatar
      Junkie -
      Looks like a Photoshopped HP..

      Love mine as is!