Apple, Demystified

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Brian Taylor for The Chronicle Review

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Brian Taylor for The Chronicle Review

I'm typing this on a MacBook Air. It's a laptop with an 11.6-inch screen, it weighs 2.38 pounds, and it is thinner than a pencil. Most important, I don't need to remove it from my briefcase when I go through airport security, because TSA considers it too thin to present a threat.

Its shell is seamless. While I can't get under the hood to add memory or swap out the battery, it's got impressive power to store, proc­ess, and share information. I use it to chat with my daughter via