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Apple turns green with thin ‘Air’

Apple turns green with thin ‘Air’

JANUARY 16, 2008—At MacWorld, Steve Jobs unveiled MacBook Air, an ultra-thin, uber-green laptop computer.

Measuring just 0.76 of an inch and weighing in at 3 pounds, MacBook Air is the world’s trimmest laptop computer. It’s also the world’s greenest, featuring a recyclable all-aluminium case, mercury-free display, arsenic-free glass and bromide and PVC-free circuitboards.

Care2′s Green Living expert Annie B. Bond applauds Apple’s eco-innovations. “I am glad that Apple is tackling reducing heavy metals in the electronics industry,” she said. “The fact that their MacBook Air has a mercury-free display and arsenic-free glass is a great step forward.”

What this computer isn’t thin on is battery life. This skinny mini boasts five hours of battery life, fully three times more than its bulkier counterparts, because the new display is more energy efficient. In fact, the whole computer is more energy efficient earning Energy Star 4.0 standards and a Silver EPEAT rating.

Intel produced tiny chips for this computer, which contributes to its energy efficiency. It’s engineered for a wireless world with a RemoteDisc feature that allows the MacBook Air to use any external disc drive to upload software.

The price tag is also green, lots of green. It’s $1,799 compared to the $1,099 sticker price for the standard MacBook.

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By Care2 editorial staff

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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9:54AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:07AM PDT on Apr 22, 2010


1:43PM PDT on Mar 18, 2009

Er, it says "0.76", not "0.16" so is indeed nearly as thin as my index finger (0.7") How did they know how fat my finger is?

10:58AM PST on Jan 17, 2008

This article is inaccurate. Since I work with dimensions like .160" all day long, I knew that there was no way that this thing was only .160" thick.

If you check the apple web site ( ) they clearly state that, "MacBook Air is nearly as thin as your index finger." (ie +/- .500").

The four sheets of plastic used to contain the components would easily exceed .160"

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