Black MacBook Air: Apple scraps plans

Rumours of black slimline machine were true says Apple staffer

Plans were scrapped because coating picked up too many fingerprints.

Rumours of a black MacBook Air picked up plenty of pace yesterday. But now it seems Apple has killed off plans to give its super slim machine a lick of paint, although a Cupertino staffer has confirmed to MacRumors that Jobs and co were working on such a device.

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In an email to the Apple fanatics, the employee said, “We tried to powder coat the Air's [sic](and Pro's [sic] for that matter) in black as a test run. There are more than a few floating around campus. The coating looks good and holds up well, but it also soaks up body oils, making the palm rest look pretty gross. Ultimately that is the reason that the top brass (Jobs) killed the idea... it was just too easy to make the computer look like crap.”

Having had to wait almost a year to be able to release the white iPhone 4, it’s no surprise that Apple has decided on killing off the new-look machines before showing them off to the public.

However, the staffer does claim that black models will be released in the future, just not, “…anytime soon.” Like the idea of a black MacBook Air? Or glad that Apple’s not going to mess with the aluminium frame? Tell us what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.