An upgrade to the MacBook Air has been on the cards for a very long time as far as Apple is concerned and most would tell you it should have been done at least an year ago already. However, in the event dedicated to the Apple Watch, Apple has finally announced the upgrade, in the form of the new MacBook. Dropping the moniker of the Air or Pro, the new computer is called just MacBook.
The computer is the thinnest and the lightest Mac that Apple has produced, with it weighing just 2 pounds despite being made out of Aluminum. The screen is a 12 inch display with Retina display with 1440 pixels, giving it just a shade over 3 million pixels on what Apple claims is a very sharp display. The MacBook is 24% thinner than the MacBook Air 11 inch and will sit somewhere in between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, both of which will remain in production.
The new MacBook has a newly designed trackpad with Forced Touch, which will also come to the new 13 inch MacBook Pro line allowing for an extra set of functionalities such as looking up address in the messages app and more. The keyboard spans across the length of the computer and the display is edge to edge, allowing for a bezel-less construction. There is a butterfly key mechanism for a more precise typing experience as well as an LED for every key, for a better-backlit experience.
You have the USB type C connector on the left of the computer, which will serve as the charging point, port for USB connection, Thunderbolt as well as other extensions. You do have a 3.5 mm headset jack on the machine. The computer will be powered by a Intel Core M Broadwell CPU with battery life expected to be around 10 hours. The MacBook is available in three colors, namely: Silver, Space Gray and Golden.
It will go on sale on April 10th for $1299, though you can get a slightly heavier spec’d version with double the storage at $1599. In India, the new MacBook will start at Rs 99,000 for the 256 GB SSD variant.