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How the MacBook Air could change everything (again)

Michael Simon | Jan. 15, 2015
Last week, while the rest of his peers were knee-deep in selfie drones, wearables, and smart washers, Mark Gurman of 9to5mac published a scoop that trumped anything to come out of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Apple intended to release a 12-inch MacBook Air sometime in 2015. Ho-hum, right? Maybe not. It's not just that he reported about an unreleased Apple product that no one had an inkling of (though that surely helped). Gurman's report garnered so much attention because it described a laptop so intriguing it was practically unbelievable: a MacBook Air so thin and light that it had only two ports, and neither of them were dedicated to supplying power.

MagSafe already makes use of magnets from a quick-release standpoint on the rest of the MacBook line and Apple Watch, but if this new notebook shuns the traditional power cable, the time may be ripe for a whole new standard. Intel and the Alliance for Wireless Power have already shown off their Rezence wireless charging technology, and its capabilities are pretty mind-blowing.

Of course, a USB-C charging cord would still be necessary for travel, but a wireless charging pad that keeps your MacBook juiced up while at your desk would not only be a major selling point, it would pave the way for the next generation of iOS products that don't need to be plugged in quite so often.

But most of all, it's a reason to get excited about the Mac again. Mac Pros and retina 5K iMacs aside, there's so much attention slathered on the iPhone and iPad, we can sometimes forget that Apple is still a world-class computer maker. If Gurman's right, Tim Cook is about to serve up a giant reminder.


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