The Apple Watch might have been the star of the tech giant’s “Spring Forward” event Monday in Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, but it was the unveiling of a new, two-pound gold MacBook that ended up stealing the show. As soon as Apple CEO Tim Cook presented the sleek machine, Twitter lit up, and soon “New MacBook” was trending nation-wide.
It’s easy to see why: Billed as the most advanced Mac notebook ever, the new line of MacBooks are just 13.1 mm thick (thinner than the MacBook Air) with 12-inch 2,304 x 1,440 retina display , a single USB-C port on the left side (the headphone jack is the only other port on the machine) and a Force Touch trackpad (meaning you don’t “click,” but clicking is simulated). Outfitted in three metallics – gold, silver and “space gray” – the new MacBook boasts an “all day” battery life.
This isn’t just an upgrade for the MacBook – it’s a complete redesign.
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Apple also touted the new keyboard, making it the full-size of the laptop but much thinner than older models. In order to make the MacBook the thinnest yet, Apple had to reconfigure the keyboard, employing “butterfly mechanism,” which is wider than the scissor mechanism in traditional keyboards, making the keys more stable and less space-consuming. The keys themselves are 17% wider than older MacBook keys, but 40% thinner. Reviews on the keyboard have been mixed.
The single jack allowed the MacBook to be thinner than ever, but it also requires users to employ a USB hub for multiple external devices. The “all day” battery life translates into 9 hours of web.
Apple says the Retina display – the company’s thinnest ever – delivers the same amount of brightness using 30% less energy than existing Mac notebook Retina displays.
For the trackpad, users can enable the new Force Click: Forget about copy-and-pasting, a click followed by a more forceful press can complete tasks like “pulling up the definition of a word, quickly seeing a map or glancing at a preview of a file,” according to the press release.
The new gold MacBook. Photo courtesy of Apple
The new MacBook will start shipping April 10 with a base price of $1,299 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. An upgrade to 512GB of flash storage and a few other modifications runs $1,599, while additional “configure-to-order” options are available on Apple’s website.
Apple just released a few new items to the line up of there extraordinary products. The two new editions are a GOLD MacBook and a line of luxury watches, going for as much as $10,000! Watch out Rolex, here comes the Apple Watch.......
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