Apple is reportedly intent on creating an even thinner MacBook Air when the notebook is refreshed next year. The potential decrease in overall size will unlikely be noticeable to users, but the apparent goal, according to iFixIt’s speculation, is to prevent residual keyboard marks on the screen. Dirty screens suck.

The Cupertino company is reportedly working with suppliers to reduce light guide plate thickness (the component that illuminates keyboards) from 0.4mm to 0.25mm. Not much, but it’s something, I suppose.

In addition to the Air, Apple is looking into doing the same thing with its Pro line. It’s a minute decrease, but the reduced size, other than iFixIt’s suggestions, could eventually make way for improved components (battery, anyone?). If so, any reduction without the loss of functionality — while getting a better experience — will certainly be welcome.

[via MacRumors]