Apple’s Spring Forward event ended a few hours ago and aside from the eagerly-awaited Apple Watch, Apple also launched a brand new MacBook. It’s not a new MacBook Air and it’s not a MacBook pro, so what is it? Well, it’s a MacBook, clear and simple.
Apple discontinued their Apple MacBooks in 2011, when they introduced the MacBook Air and now Apple MacBook is back and it appears to be much better than the MacBook Air. This could be a hint at the fact that Apple is planning to remove their MacBook Air line, but there is no news on that issue just now. All we know is that Apple has refreshed their MacBook Air line and gave it a better processor, but no Retina Display.
The new MacBook is the lightest and thinnest MacBook Apple has ever made. It weighs just 2 pounds and it is 0.53 inches thin, 24% thinner than the Air. It does have Retina Display (2304 x 1440 pixels), which on such a thin product it is a feat in itself, and it comes in one size 12-inch display. The viewing angles are wide and the colors on a Retina Display are vibrant.
To make the new MacBook so light and thin, Apple redesigned the keyboard, the touchpad and the battery completely.
The new MacBook has 8 GB of RAM, 256/512 GB of flash memory and has integrated HD Graphics 5300. It gas Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology and 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking.
So what is the catch, because there obviously has to be one? Well, the new MacBook, aside from the audio jack, only has one port, the USB-C port. The port is for charging, native DisplayPort 1.2 video output and with the help of adapters sold separately, VGA and HDMI ports. The minimalism of the new MacBook may surprise a lot of people and while most people aren’t ready to give up ports, such as USB or HDMI, Apple is clearly moving away from the current trends and going into minimalism.
There are two versions of the new MacBook, one priced at $1,299 and one at $1,599, making the laptop a premium one. It comes in three colors: Gold, Silver and Grey.
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