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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





  1. mserv2001

    Joined: Dec 1969


    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


    Anodized aluminum

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

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Carbon fiber is what color?

    oh, that's right, black...

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    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


    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



    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.

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