When I bought my “old” MacBook Air (Late 2010 model) a few months ago, it was pretty clear to me that it was something a bit special, and the only thing that really dissapointed was the lack of a backlit keyboard, something I had wanted for a long time during my Windows PC days, and finally got when I bought a MacBook Pro 13″ in early 2010.
Of course, like many other people I convinced myself that I could live without it, and even in a recent TTUK show, I tried to convince myself (and you!) that if this refreshed range did not have the backlight, it would be OK. I was starting to wonder if there was some technical reason they could not have fitted one, maybe battery life, or physical size restrictions? It was all the stranger given that the first MacBook Air, the woefully underpowered one did actually sport a backlit board!
But no, it came, and I am now willing to believe the naysayers who said it was just Apple’s (well, Jobs really) way of getting us “mugs” to upgrade a few months later. It was actually interesting the way that the refresh was announced actually, as there was no fanfare, and even now you have to dig a bit on the website to see the keyboard mentioned, almost as if Apple is a little bit embarrassed about the whole affair. (more…)