It’s not that the previous iPhone models were heavy, but the new iPhone feels remarkably light in your hand. The screen is longer and brighter. The body is thinner. In fact, it’s so thin that I was worried about tucking it into my jeans pocket. Is thinner really better? Are new Macs going the route of the iPhone?
Lighter Than MacBook Air
The trend is obvious. Smaller, faster, thinner, lighter. And that’s not just the iPhone. Apple is on a similar course with the MacBook Air, and even the MacBook Pro.
The aluminum frame gives Apple an opportunity to thin down, lighten up, and still ship a sturdy, comfortable feeling product.
Walk into any Apple Store and hold a MacBook Air in your hand. How does it feel? It’s a combination of light and sturdy, strong and durable.
All the Mac notebooks feel much the same way, especially when compared to the feel of cheaper plastic Windows PC notebooks or knockoff Ultrabooks.
As thin as the iPhone is, and it’s so thin I worry about it bending in my pocket when I bend over, a thicker, longer-lasting battery may have been a good trade off.
How much longer before the MacBook Air takes on the look of an iPad? The MacBook Air’s screen is lighter and thinner than an iPad, therefore a bit less sturdy (no battery).
But the MacBook Air body contains all the Mac circuitry, memory, and storage, not to mention all that space for a keyboard.
It’s the aluminum unibody frame which gives the Mac strength and low weight. If it gets much thinner, flexing could become a concern. How so? The iPad is a single sheet which contains case and screen.
The MacBook Air is made of two pieces. The screen is very thin and appears to flex a little even now.
The body is thicker and heavier, but the trend is toward smaller, thinner, lighter. Yet the body needs to be strong enough to be held by one hand on a corner or side and not flex.
Unless Apple comes up with some kind of liquid metal frame in the future that’s lighter and stronger than an aluminum unibody, the next generation of Mac notebooks may be so thin they won’t get thinner.