WTF am I thinking? My Macbook Air 2019 is too thin.
Because the laptop is so thin the USB-C sockets are that much closer to the desktop. That means either you break the USB socket, the USB cable or you have to lift the laptop to remove the cable. I think I could make a case for pitting the socket on the display side of the clamshell. After all it is precedented… In fact it would give apple a way to share hardware and manufacturing costs between the PRO series iPad and Air devices.