• MacBook Air Earns its Name "Air," Survives Accidental 1000 ft Drop From Airplane



    A MacBook Air accidentally slipped out of the canopy of a South African pilot's Sports Cruiser aircraft, falling 1000 ft to the Earth while the aircraft was traveling at 105 knots (194.46 km/h). The pilot, who goes by the screen name of av80r, took to Reddit to share his experiences and notes that the notebook computer had survived the fall and still powers on. There are, however, obvious signs of cosmetic damage, which are to be expected from such a drop.

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    What is interesting about the whole debacle is that the screen on the MacBook Air is completely unscathed, although the multi-touch track pad shattered from the impact. The aluminum uni-body is what appears to have taken the brunt of the fall, as it has been bent down the center at the side, as you can see in the images.

    Had this have been an everyday laptop, we probably know know how this would have ended. Luckily, however, Apple uses premium materials in their construction, such as the durable aluminum uni-body. It also helps that the MacBook Air touts solid state storage instead of a hard drive because a hard drive is composed of delicate moving parts and more than likely would have sustained damage in this fall, rendering it unable to power on.

    Now we can officially say that the MacBook Air has been "Air" tested and has earned its name!

    Sources: Imgur via Reddit
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MacBook Air Earns its Name "Air," Survives Accidental 1000 ft Drop From Airplane started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. vXBaKeRXv's Avatar
      vXBaKeRXv -
      This story seems goofy-

      Just drop it 10ft and see how that screen holds up....
      What did it land on after it fell-??
      No scratches LOL
    1. killakill's Avatar
      killakill -
      Quote Originally Posted by vXBaKeRXv View Post
      This story seems goofy-

      Just drop it 10ft and see how that screen holds up....
      What did it land on after it fell-??
      No scratches LOL
      Yeah, and it WOULD power with a damged HDD no matter what type of drive it was. It will power with NO drive in the computer. HDD has nothing to do with the ability to power on and/or off.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by killakill View Post
      Yeah, and it WOULD power with a damged HDD no matter what type of drive it was. It will power with NO drive in the computer. HDD has nothing to do with the ability to power on and/or off.
      If the computer has no way of reading the disk because of damaged power components, the hard drive would be unable to read the operating system off of the disk to boot, and this was the main objective in communication here; booting up.
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