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New MacBook Air rumored going black aluminum

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Mon June 20, 2011

MacBook Air may get black aluminum option

Various rumors Monday have raised the prospect of the new MacBook Air getting a rare black option. The tips are unconfirmed but would have it as an alternative to the regular silver hue. One MacRumors contact alleged that it might be reserved for the high-end Air, much as the black plastic MacBook was limited to a lone configuration.

The step would be a first for Apple. It has regularly offered iPods in different aluminum colors but has never done the same for a Mac.

Apple may take the step to try and seize on the current and expected popularity of the MacBook Air. The redesigned model has been unusually strong-selling for Apple and could jump to 700,000 or more per quarter once upgraded to Intel's new Core processors and other upgrades at the same time. [Existing MacBook Air image via ColorWare]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foxypaco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'd like to see..

    a 15" Macbook Air as the high end. Same thinness, bigger screen, more ports.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Jun 2011



    What are these "ports" you speak of?

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    but will it cost more than silver?

    Remember that the black polycarbonite MacBook was $100 more than its white counterpart. I guess a higher price is inevitable because of the manufacturing process involved in using black Al.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now Apple Is following Samsung!!!!!!!

    Who would have thought?

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Black MBA

    Anodizing aluminum black shouldn't be expensive enough that Apple has to charge more. It might even be cheaper than a polished natural finish. But their past record suggests that if they can get away with it, they'll charge a pretty penny for it.

    My questions center more around scratches. Scratches in bare aluminum don't show up that much. Scratches in black aluminum, revealing the bare metal underneath, will. And if you put a case around it to protect it from scratches, what's the point of black?

  1. mherbson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ask Scotty

    Why not transparent aluminum? After all, it was created on a Mac. ☺

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    can't see it

    Apple's big thing is the aluminum look. If it were black, it might as well be made out of plastic. No one could see the difference. Plus, it would look like any of 30 other notebooks. And the white apple logo in the picture looks absolutely hideous on black like that.

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