Back 2008 January 15 (opens in a new tab), Apple unveiled the MacBook Air, and then-CEO Steve Jobs took the laptop out of its envelope to show how “thin” the theme of this new Mac would be. I had one between 2013 and 2021 before it finally gave up the ghost.

Around this time, netbooks were a passing craze that had 8-inch displays with cheap Intel processors for around $299 / £349, and many wanted Apple to follow suit even before the iPad was possible.

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