Illustration for article titled What Laptops Looked Like Before and After the MacBook Air

A little like what phones and tablets looked like before the iPhone and iPad, laptops have been borrowing liberally from the design of the MacBook Air. The old days of giant plastic shells with a gazillion ports, even more stickers and uniform awfulness have been replaced with slick silver body and black chiclet keyboards.


You know what a MacBook Air looks like. The image above was made by Sebastian de With and shows what laptops looked like before and after it. Surprisingly, it's taken a while for non-Apple laptops to come around to the MacBook Air design (it was released in January 2008!) but now 4 years later, it looks like they've all come to an agreement that the MacBook Air is what a laptop should look like. Let's try something different next time, yeah? [Dewith via Daring Fireball]


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