The notebook is only 13.1 millimeters thick and weighs less than one kilogram, making it even lighter than the 11 inch MacBook Air. It will also come for the first time with golden and grey paint jobs, alongside the traditional silver and white hues. The device’s screen will be similar to that of a Macbook Pro, hosting a 12-inch Retina display with 2304 by 1440 native resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:10.
The 2015 MacBook features a revamped keyboard, which sees keys being larger by about 17 percent, in contrast to the notebook’s thinner design. This actually means keys will be more closely positioned one in relation to the other.
The keys will also use a new “butterfly” mechanism, which will see them shift only up and down – similar to desktop keyboards – instead of the previous “spider” mechanism which saw them nudge horizontally depending on the angle at which they were pressed. Each key will also have an individual LED backlight to ensure that the whole keyboard will present the same brightness level in dim environments.
Where technical specs are concerned, the new MacBook seems quite lackluster, especially in relation to its price tag. It comes with three different variations of a dual-core Intel Core M processor, clocked at 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 GHz respectively. This will be completed by 8GB of RAM and flash storage options up to 512 GB. Graphics wise, it has an Intel HD Graphics 5300 integrated card.
The problem is that the best version hardware-wise will see $1,599 cut out of your budget, and if we consider technical specs only, it’s just not worth it, as similarly powerful notebooks can be bought for even half that price. The fact that Apple chose to equip its notebook with a low-frequency dual-core processor in a world where quad-cores and even octa-cores are becoming standard for handheld devices is baffling to say the least.
Apple also did away with multiple ports, as the MacBook comes with a single USB-C port which is to be used for all purposes: charging, data transfer and video output. This means to be able to do two of these tasks simultaneously, you will have to splash some more money on an additional adapter.
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