Steve Jobs changed the future of laptops 10 years ago today
It’s the world’s thinnest notebook,” said @SteveJobs as he introduced the #MacBook Air 10 years ago today. @Apple ’s Macworld 2008 was a special one, taking place just days after the annual Consumer Electronics Show had ended and @Bill Gates bid farewell to @Microsoft. Jobs introduced the MacBook Air by removing it from a tiny paper office envelope, and the crowd was audibly shocked at just how small and thin it was. We’d never seen a laptop quite like it, and it immediately changed the future of laptops. ￼ At the time, rivals had thin and light laptops on the market, but they were all around an inch thick, weighed 3 pounds, and had 8- or 11-inch displays. Most didn’t even have full-size keyboards, but Apple managed to create a MacBook Air with a wedge shape so that the thickest part was still thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony TZ Series — one of the thinnest laptops back in 2008. It was a remarkable feat of engineering, and it signaled a new era for laptops.