Meanwhile, consider the trajectory of the MacBook Air. When it was
released in 2008, it was a crazy design. It threw away a huge
number of what we considered to be standard laptop features in
order to be insanely thin and light. In my review of the original
Air for Macworld, I used the word “compromise” ten times.
No optical drive. An incredibly slow processor, compared to all
other Macs. A teeny-tiny 80GB hard drive (or an even tinier 64GB
SSD for $999 more!). A single USB port. And, to top it all off, a
price that started at $1799.