As it stands, Apple’s laptops can hardly be called bulky, especially the MacBook Air which is pretty darn thin as it is. Well if you thought that Apple could trim more fat off their MacBooks, perhaps come 2013 your wish will come true! According to a report by Digitimes, it has been suggested that Apple is currently working with their suppliers on a new process that will help reduce the thickness of the light guides used to illuminate the keyboards of the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. This process will reportedly shave 0.15mm off, reducing the thickness from its original at 0.4mm to 0.25mm.
A reduction of 0.15mm will probably not be noticed by many, but according to Kyle Wiens of iFixit, he speculated that the reduction will help to prevent the keyboard from leaving residual marks on the MacBooks’ display when closed. This is not a problem I have experienced personally, but we guess it’s an issue apparent in many cases to have arrived at that conclusion. In any case the reduction in thickness could lead to overall reductions down the road, but we guess we will have to wait until 2013 to find that if the rumors are true.
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