The Apple Watch might have been the star attraction at Apple’s media event in San Francisco today, but it wasn’t the only hardware shown off on stage. Tim Cook also announced a brand new super-slim MacBook with a 12-inch Retina display.
Introducing the new model, Cook described how the company had challenged itself to reinvent the notebook. Weighing just 2 pounds it’s the lightest Mac ever, and it’s also pretty thin, too. At its thickest point the case measures 13.1mm – that’s 24% thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Apple says the 12-inch Retina display on the new MacBook is the thinnest used any Mac ever (0.88mm). It offers a resolution of 2,304 x 1,440 pixels and consumes 30 percent less energy than existing Retina display Mac notebooks.
Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook has both a redesigned full-size keyboard, and a new “Force Touch” trackpad. The keyboard features a butterfly mechanism that makes it 40% thinner than traditional keyboards. In addition, each key is illuminated by an individual LED, providing more precise illumination. As for the trackpad, it has integrated force sensors that allow for a new “force click” gesture, which allows you to press after clicking. It can be used for tasks like previewing files in Finder, and looking up the definition of words.
Inside, the new MacBook has a logic board that’s 67% smaller than previous models, and a “terraced” battery that fits the contours of the enclosure. Apple says the battery should be good for up to 9 hours of general use and 10 hours of movie playback. It’s powered by Intel’s Core M processor, allowing it to be the company’s first fanless Mac.
The new MacBook has a single port (other than the audio jack). However, that port is USB-C, so it supports power, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA. In addition to allowing the new MacBook to be super slim, USB-C has another benefit – it’s reversible, so you don’t have to worry about about plugging cables in the wrong way. With regards to wireless connectivity, it has 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
As we have come to expect from Apple’s notebooks, the new MacBook has an all metal enclosure. What is different however, is the finishes it comes in. Like the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, the new MacBook is available in three colors: gold, silver, and space grey.
Apple’s new MacBook is available in two standard configurations: $1,299 gets you a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 5300. Or, for $1,599 you can get a slightly faster 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M CPU with 8GB RAM, and 512GB of flash storage. It will start shipping on Friday, April 10.
Apple is positioning the new 12-inch MacBook alongside the existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, which both received updates today. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is now available with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel CPUs, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, and faster flash storage. The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air have also been updated with fifth generation Intel CPUs, Intel HD Graphics 6000, Thunderbolt 2, and faster flash storage. All the updated models are available today.
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