updated 12:40 am EDT, Tue June 21, 2011
Options apparently won't be on the table near-term
Reports earlier today of a black MacBook Air prototype -- which later raised doubts -- are "grounded in truth" but won't be appearing anytime soon, says a tipster to MacRumors. A "powder coating" process was used to make prototypes, but flaws were discovered that made the idea untenable, the source claims.
The source, who is described as "an anonymous Apple employee" said that the problem with the alleged powder coating used was that it soaked up body oils, resulting in color changes that looked dirty. Someday, perhaps, another technology could be used to offer a black option (not unlike the black polycarbonate MacBook offered in 2006), but not anytime soon, the source indicated. [via MacRumors, image below via Colorware]