Today in Apple history: MacBook Air becomes ‘world’s thinnest notebook’

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A plain manila envelope became a key stage prop for selling the MacBook Air.
A plain manila envelope became a key prop for selling the MacBook Air.
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January 15: Today in Apple history: MacBook Air becomes 'world's thinnest notebook' January 15, 2008: Steve Jobs shows off the first MacBook Air at the 2008 Macworld conference, calling the revolutionary laptop the “world’s thinnest notebook.”

The 13.3-inch laptop measures only 0.76 inches at its thickest point and 0.16 inches at its tapered thinnest. It also boasts a unibody aluminum design. Apple’s engineering breakthrough allows the crafting of a complicated computer case from a single block of finely machined metal.

In a brilliant piece of showmanship, Jobs pulls the super-slim laptop out of a standard interoffice envelope during his keynote. (You can watch his introduction of the MacBook Air below).

How Star Wars: The Last Jedi director prevented leaks with MacBook Air

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A long time ago, on a MacBook far, far away.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson turned to the Mac to help him keep his top secret screenplay under wraps.

According to a new interview with the filmmaker, Johnson used a dedicated, “air-gapped” MacBook Air when he was working on the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga.

This MacBook case is strong enough to stop bullets

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This case will protect your MacBook from almost anything.
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Who says a MacBook isn’t fit for the battlefield? The C6SHELL case made from real carbon fiber is all you need to keep your beloved notebook protected in a war zone.

It’s strong enough to stop bullets, but light enough to carry anywhere.

Week’s best Apple deals: Cut the cable cord with a new Apple TV 4K

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An Apple TV under the tree is sure to bring a smile.
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Been thinking about cutting the cable cord? Well, here’s a good way to do it in one fell swoop: Snag a sweet deal on a super-sharp Apple TV 4K with four months of DirecTV Now.

You’ll also find great buys on iPads, iMacs and MacBooks in this week’s roundup of the best Apple deals.

How iPhone X notch would look on all Apple products

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Face ID is could become a staple on Apple products.
Photo: Curved Labs

The notch on the iPhone X is one of the most divisive design decisions Apple’s made in years. Not everyone is a fan of the small black patch at the top of the iPhone X display, but it seems inevitable that Apple will bring Face ID to other products.

The folks at Curved created a bunch of concepts imaging what the soon-to-be-iconic iPhone X notch would look like on other Apple products. Some of the mock ups seem like their destined, while it looks down right wrong on the Apple Watch.

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