In January 2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the very first
MacBook Air, a three-pound laptop it was proud to proclaim

“the world’s thinnest notebook.”


Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows the new MacBook Air during the Macworld Convention and Expo in San Francisco, California January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Apple
CEO Steve Jobs unveils the very first MacBook
Air.

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Almost a decade later, the MacBook Air is now one of the
thickest laptops in Apple’s lineup.

It’s true: According
to Apple’s website
, only the older MacBook Pro — both the 13-
and 15-inch models — is thicker than the MacBook Air. All
other laptops, including the 12-inch MacBook and even the new
MacBook Pro models unveiled last year, are thinner. 

Here are all the laptops Apple sells, arranged from thickest to
thinnest:

  • MacBook Pro (older 13- and 15-inch models) – 0.71 inches
    thick
  • MacBook Air (13-inch) – 0.68 inches thick
  • MacBook Pro (new 15-inch model) – 0.61 inches thick
  • MacBook Pro (both new 13-inch models) – 0.59 inches
    thick
  • MacBook (12-inch) – 0.52 inches thick

Even though the MacBook Air can no longer be advertised as
the “world’s thinnest notebook” — or even the thinnest notebook
Apple sells — it is still one of the lightest Apple laptops you
can buy. Here are all those laptops, arranged from heaviest to
lightest:

  • MacBook Pro (older 15-inch model) – 4.49 pounds
  • MacBook Pro (new 15-inch model) – 4.02 pounds
  • MacBook Pro (older 13-inch model) – 3.48 pounds
  • MacBook Pro (both new 13-inch models) – 3.02 pounds
  • MacBook Air (13-inch) – 2.96 pounds
  • MacBook (12-inch) – 2.03 pounds

As you can see, the MacBook Air is only slightly lighter than the
new 13-inch MacBook Pro models, but significantly heavier than
last year’s 12-inch MacBook.

Based on the data above, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple
dump the MacBook Air line after this year. The 12-inch MacBook
seems to have supplanted the need for a MacBook Air, since that
computer is both thinner and lighter than the Air. It would make
sense, moving forward, for Apple to sell just two kinds of
laptops: MacBooks (thin and portable for casual or mobile users),
and MacBook Pros (for productivity and complex tasks).