Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage on 9 March at the company’s Spring Forward Apple Watch event to unveil the latest development in its laptop computer line-up, simply named the new MacBook to create an all-new notebook line, rather than MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
The new device includes a high resolution Retina Display, a new touch-sensitive trackpad and a new port for data transfer and charging in a single connector. The new MacBook includes a 12-inch Retina Display, with just over 3.3 million pixels. It’s also the first MacBook without a fan for cooling, which makes it quieter than conventional laptops. It uses Intel’s new low-power Core M processor, which allows for longer battery life and a thinner design than past generations of similar Intel chips.
The device is 24 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air laptop, previously the company’s thinnest laptop. It weighs 2 pounds and is 13.1 millimetres thick, compared to the 2.38 pound 11-inch MacBook Air. A 67 percent smaller logic board allows for more room for the battery, which now offers up to nine hours of wireless web browsing.
The trackpad has been upgraded to include touch response for the first time, using Apple’s Force Touch technology, which can sense a range of pressure. These different types of clicks allow users to do different things. For example, a deep click – called a “force click” – on a word in a web browser will call up a connected Wikipedia page. Also, a new port, called USB-C, supports charging, video output and downloads from another device, such as the iPhone or iPad, all from a single connector. The USB-C port is also reversible, so can be plugged in with less hassle. The USB-C standard isn’t specific to Apple, so it should appear in more devices in the future.
The backlit keyboard is thinner, and more precise and accurate, according to Apple. The device starts at £1,049 for the version with 256GB of flash storage with a 1.1 Ghz Intel Core M processor and 8GB of RAM. You can specify upgrades to the processor and storage. The MacBook is available to purchase from April 10 in three colours; silver, space grey and gold.