Apple’s Stunning New Retina MacBook – What to Expect?

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The wait is over! The thinnest Mac from Apple starts shipping from the 10th of April, 2015.  It is the most anticipated MacBook ever, debuting with the retina display that was previously only enjoyed in the more bulkier MacBook Pro lineup.

A point to be noted here is that Apple is not calling this slim stunner the new MacBook Air. It is just called the New MacBook. Seems like Apple might just be taking a paradigm step to drop both Pro and Air from its lineup, hereon manufacturing only ultra-slim ultrabooks that offer both brilliant design as well as very high performance benchmarks.

Despite packing what is arguably the best display out there in the ultrabook world, the new MacBook Air  is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air.  It is both the lightest and thinnest Apple computer ever put out, in the history of Apple!

Apple has restructured several components to design the thinnest MacBook. The oomph factor doesn’t just end with its slim design; there is more for you in this 12-inch retina display MacBook Air.

The following components have undergone drastic changes:

  • Display
  • Keyboard
  • Trackpad
  • Battery


Considering that the New MacBook weights just two pounds and has a thickness of just 13.1 mm, it is quite amazing to even think that there is a brilliant Retina Display packed into this device that sports a 12′ screen.

Retina display, if you didn’t know already, puts out a stunning 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution, resolution that blows away the 1366 x 768 pixel MacBook Air that would have been your go to slim Apple notebook, up until now.

A full-size super-thin keyboard that is a joy to use

The keyboard uses a butterfly mechanism, a revolutionary single assembly that is four times more stable than the previous scissor mechanism. Each key has a larger face which makes typing exponentially easier and even pleasurable we might say.

The keys are also shallower, making for a smooth travel while typing. It is 40% thinner than the traditional Mac keyboard, even the one that was on the MacBook Air of 2014.

Initially, it might be a little hard to type without typos as the shallow keys render low tactile feedback, but, with time, it gets a lot easier and more efficient than any Mac keyboard you might have used in the past! The keys are wobble-free and produce less sound. It is a backlit keyboard which makes it convenient to type in low light, if you are not a touch typist.

A Trackpad that doesn’t frustrate 

The new trackpad uses four Force Touch Sensors that can sense the pressure range of every click. Armed with four sensors, this new trackpad has outstanding tap recognition, allowing you to make the subtlest of taps to enable left and right clicks.

Apple calls this the ‘Force Click’ that can detect the lightest of click.

Innovations with trackpad were long overdue. The New MacBook uses haptic feedback mechanism that renders a much improved user experience in comparison to the mechanical clicks of conventional trackpads.  The Force Click coupled with haptic feedback renders two-levels of perceived feedback.

With this New MacBook and its fantastic track pad, you might just omit the wireless mouse purchase and keep all your clicks in-house!

Longer Battery Life

The new MacBook uses the Intel Core M Processor, a processor known for using less power and generating less heat. Besides using the power efficient Core M Intel processor, Apple have taken a further step to increase battery life by designing the batteries in such a way that they actually taper into the inside of the MacBook.

As a result, the New MacBook has a 39.7 watt hour battery as opposed to the 38 watt hour battery that you saw in the MacBoook Air of 2014. This extra watt hour translates into 9 hours of wireless web use and 10 hours of continuous video playback.

Downsizing The Ports

Apple has consciously stripped the ports of the new MacBook Air. There are only two ports; USB-C port and a standard audio jack.  The USB port acts as the general accessory connector while the jack is the headphone/microphone port.

Are you worried about where to plug in your accessories? Don’t fret! Apple wants you to make use of 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth4.0 wireless technologies for connectivity. Go wireless! That definitely is the route Apple wants you to take, whether you like it or not!

If you still swear by the stable internet speeds that you get from a wired network,you can connect them via the versatile USB-C port. There are several variations by which you could connect all your accessories to this single available USB port. Small connection boxes are available that allow you to combine HDMI video output with USB-A port.  You can get yourself a multi-port adapter that helps you connect your dongles.

At a price of $1299, you get 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD, a 1.1 GHz Intel Dual Core M Processor, an intel HD Graphics 5300 video card, a a redesigned keyboard, trackpad and 12-inch retina display MacBook that will surely have heads turning everywhere you take it, post April. Mac users get everything that they ever wanted from Apple with this slimmer, advanced, high resolution MacBook.

To learn a lot more about this new MacBook, be sure to check out Apple’s official New MacBook preview video.

About the Author
Michelle, author at Mach Machines. A tech lover and an insatiable latte drinker. Michelle blogs about improving the personal computing experience.

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