The MacBook Air Is So Thin The Sun Can Shine Right Through it [Image]

The MacBook Air Is So Thin The Sun Can Shine Right Through it [Image]

No one would ever argue that the MacBook Air is a fatty. At just 0.68 inches at its thickest point, the MacBook Air is thinner all-around than most axe blades, which will surely come in handy in a zombie apocalypse to come.

But how thin is 0.68 inches, really? Here’s a test you can show your friends to wow them. Open up your MacBook Air, then hold it up to the sun. The MacBook Air is so thin you can actually see sunlight shining through the screen through the Apple logo in back.

Try it for yourself, it really works (and it’s quite eerie). Thanks to Redditor Flemming Madsen for the great image and tip!

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  • ksdulin

    Thats been happening in my Apple Laptops since the iBook G4 (My first Apple Laptop) just make sure the apple Logo is in Direct Sunlight with brightness on low!

  • iAidan

    wow that sucks.

  • Pablo Aubert Girbal

    You can do the same with any MacBook… the Apple logo in the back makes it see through…

  • BojidarNikolov

    I don’t want to be spoil the fun, but it works with any mac that has got an Apple logo and a screen….
    Ps.: I am using a Macbook Pro ’17, which is a fatty compared to the Air and it still works :)

  • Jose CE

    I wish they someday fix this annoying bug! It’s a disaster when you are trying to work with direct sunlight. And just as Kevin noted, this have been happening since the beginning of iBooks.

  • Jordan Golson

    My Pismo PowerBook G3 could do the same thing, and that thing was as big as a textbook. Though the Apple logo was upside down, so that’s something.

  • Danny Vogt

    You should also show your friends how you can control the brightness of your Apple logo on the back of any MacBook! It shares the backlight of the laptop screen which is why the sun goes straight through it. 

  • Sarah

    Uh, my 4YO Macbook Pro does this too. 

  • Scott

    Every apple laptop does this. My 2004 iBook and white MacBook both do.

  • ddevito

    fail

  • ddevito

    fail

  • ddevito

    Maybe Apple will sue God for sunlight patent infringement.  

  • Aaron

    It’s not as bad as it seems. You can only see if it you are in a darkened room, if the display is off or on low brightness, and a single stream of light hits the Apple logo directly. And yes, I can verify every Apple laptop (with a transparent logo, that is) I’ve owned did this.

  • Dahlijo

    You really don’t have anything to write about do you? 

  • troyotts

    My 2009 MacBook Pro does this.

  • Matthew Wheeler

    Wow. Great article here. This isn’t even news. The reason you can see through it is because the back of the LCD is cut out where the apple logo is to allow light to shine through from the LCD and light up the Apple logo. Every single laptop Apple has produced which has ever had a lit up logo has always been manufactured like this. How do you figure that has anything at all to do with the fact that the laptop is thin? 

    You should probably research the things you write about so that you don’t waste everyone’s time with false information.

  • Matthew Wheeler

    It’s not a bug. It’s a design decision that allows for the Apple logo to light up.

  • Alex

    Ding, Ding, Ding,  And John Brownlee is the winner again for the dumbest post of the week and its only Monday !!!!

  • Alex

    They all do this , its not exactly news people ( other then  John Brownlee ) have known about  this for years ..

  • Mike Rathjen

     Week? Year.

  • Mike Rathjen

    The Earth’s atmosphere is so thin, the sun can shine right through it!

  • iDaBoss

     Every day, week, month, year….

  • Allen Dunahoo

    Don’t do it. It isn’t good for the screen.

  • iDaBoss

     It’s intentional. You’re just doing it wrong.

  • iDaBoss

    Did you just write Brownlee and research in the same sentence?

  • IamJAd

    This is a “tip”?

  • Massimo Olivieri

    white 2009 macbook doing the same.. no news here guys :)

  • Brandon Dillon

    Those who are saying “my Macbook does this too!”, I’m pretty sure it’s because it is plastic. The Macbook Air is made out of aluminum, which for me, puts the thinness into perspective.

    1) Go shine a light through white plastic
    2) Go shine a light through aluminum
    3) F7U12

  • Paul Walker

    The apple logo isn’t aluminium, it’s plastic. It is lit up by the monitor’s backlight, and it is *inevitable* that light would also travel the other way. The aluminium macbook pros also have a see through apple logo, and they also are affected by light from behind.

  • Greg Smith

    I wonder why this guy never comments back.

    I also wonder why he still has a job.

    I sometimes wonder if we’ve driven brownlee to alcoholism, crack, or just a feeling a deep shame every morning when he wakes up and looks at himself in the mirror.

  • Grahas

    Umm… My 2007 macbook and early 2004 iBook did this, nothing to do with “thinness”

  • JohnyMyko

    My macbook pro does that too.

  • Lukáš Kosík

    Its normal, My 17″ MB Pro does that too. Anyway, it only happen if u have a low brightness and some hard light behind display, but who have low brightness on the sun,,, you can’t see anything  

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