toggle

AAPL Stock: 97.19 ( + 2.47 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Report: Black MacBook Air was a failed experiment

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]






by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. mserv2001

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Black MacBook

    I have a 2007 Black MacBook and I think Apple did a good job with the coating process. If Apple can't make the coating work right with the aluminum, then why can't Apple make a special black polycarbonate MacBook Air?

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Anodized aluminum

    The black iPod aluminum case is a good example of how it may work.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Carbon fiber is what color?

    oh, that's right, black...

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    I Think The Picture Is Aesthetically Too

    challenging for the average consumer. The white apple symbol and trackpad are UGLY!!!!!

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Anodized, in many colors

    Anodized aluminum case with color options would be super cool, and it's not like Apple doesn't have experience with that.. h***, I'd take a gold MBAir to go with my gold ipod mini..

  1. efithian

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Zirconium

    Zirconium is a metal that can be made in any color, and it is virtually indestructible. It is used to make dental work, rather than gold. It would make a nice case. I'll take mine in dark green.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Home automation fans have been getting their fair share of gadgets and accessories in the last few years. Starting with light bulbs, a ...

Razer Kraken Pro headset

Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers ...

Patriot Aero Wireless Mobile Drive

Regardless of how large a tablet you buy, you always want more space. There's always one more movie or another album you'd cram on, ...

toggle

Most Commented