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Stephen Hackett: MacBook Air is the Mac of the decade

Stephen Hackett spends a lot of time thinking about the Mac, and it shows when he writes pieces like this:

So why is this my Mac of the decade? Simple. It’s the most influential computer Apple shipped in the last ten years. That seemed really obvious for the first five years of its life, but I believe it still is today. Almost every notebook on the market is thin and light, and many are made of aluminum. Spinning media is all but gone in laptop, across the industry, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro today is actually smaller than this generation of MacBook Air.

Couldn’t agree more. The second iteration of the MacBook Air was not just an incredibly popular and beloved Apple product, it defined the entire category for a decade. Apple tried to kill it, tried to replace it, and was ultimately forced to revive it because its customers loved it so much.