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article imageThe MacBook Air is now one of the thickest laptops Apple sells

By Business Insider     May 2, 2017 in Technology
In January 2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the very first MacBook Air, a three-pound laptop it was proud to proclaim "the world's thinnest notebook."
Almost a decade later, the MacBook Air is now one of the thickest laptops in Apple's lineup.
It's true: According to Apple's website, only the older MacBook Pro — both the 13- and 15-inch models — is thicker than the MacBook Air. All other laptops, including the 12-inch MacBook and even the new MacBook Pro models unveiled last year, are thinner.
Here are all the laptops Apple sells, arranged from thickest to thinnest:
-MacBook Pro (older 13- and 15-inch models) - 0.71 inches thick
-MacBook Air (13-inch) - 0.68 inches thick
-MacBook Pro (new 15-inch model) - 0.61 inches thick
-MacBook Pro (both new 13-inch models) - 0.59 inches thick
-MacBook (12-inch) - 0.52 inches thick
Even though the MacBook Air can no longer be advertised as the "world's thinnest notebook" — or even the thinnest notebook Apple sells — it is still one of the lightest Apple laptops you can buy. Here are all those laptops, arranged from heaviest to lightest:
-MacBook Pro (older 15-inch model) - 4.49 pounds
-MacBook Pro (new 15-inch model) - 4.02 pounds
-MacBook Pro (older 13-inch model) - 3.48 pounds
-MacBook Pro (both new 13-inch models) - 3.02 pounds
-MacBook Air (13-inch) - 2.96 pounds
-MacBook (12-inch) - 2.03 pounds
As you can see, the MacBook Air is only slightly lighter than the new 13-inch MacBook Pro models, but significantly heavier than last year's 12-inch MacBook.
Based on the data above, it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple dump the MacBook Air line after this year. The 12-inch MacBook seems to have supplanted the need for a MacBook Air, since that computer is both thinner and lighter than the Air. It would make sense, moving forward, for Apple to sell just two kinds of laptops: MacBooks (thin and portable for casual or mobile users), and MacBook Pros (for productivity and complex tasks).
This article was originally published on Business Insider. Copyright 2017.
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