Apple has just unveiled their latest addition to the Macbook line-up. They are simply calling it the new Macbook, and they tout it to be the “best Macbook they have ever made”. Is it? Well, we can tell you it’s a great laptop, but let’s not get caught up in Apple’s word choice and jump into the actual details, which is what us geeks really care about.
For starters, this new laptop comes with Apple’s iconic Retina Display. Though it may not be the highest definition around, this Retina Display has turned into an industry standard of high definition screens. You will get super crisp text and a stunning viewing experience. And because it’s only a 12-inch display, it should look amazing.
People had been wondering when the Macbook Air would get REtina Display. Apple didn’t quite give you what you wanted, but they did grant your wishes. This is pretty much an improved version of the Macbook Air!
The new Macbook comes inplements design cues we have previously seen in Apple’s latest iPads and iPhones. The laptop looks flatter and with more accented edges. It also happens to come in the same three colors the company’s mobile devices usually tout – black silver and gold.
To be more exact, the new Macbook is 24% thinner than the previous thinnest Macbook (the Macbook Air 11-inch). This new computer measures in at a mere 13.1 mm at its thickest. Surely, this extreme thinness comes with a price? right? Well, Apple did change some things.
New keyboard technology
Making the device so thin means Apple had to make some major changes in the technology the Macbook is touting. Let’s start with the keyboard. Apple has developed a new type of keyboard, which is unlike what we know today as the standard (scissor mechanism). Apple calls this new technology “butterfly mechanism”, because of the way its parts move under the keys.
This new type of keys are said to be 4 times more stable and 40% thinner. In addition, this allows for 17% more surface area on the keys. The video showed what looked like a very interesting system, and there was a clear sign of good performance, but we will have to wait to pass judgement on that.
You also won’t have to worry about typing in the dark, as the new Macbook (like its predecessors) comes with a backlit keyboard. Each key has an LED light under it, which makes the light more efficient. In addition, this solves a problem that really bugged me about Apple’s Macbook. This would be light bleeding, which the new Macbook is much more efficient with.
Pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad
The new Macbook also features an improved trackpad, which Apple calls a Force Touch trackpad. It sports four sensors that detect pressure. This means you can set the computer to perform different actions depending on how much pressure you put on the trackpad.
Apple gave us a couple examples, like being able to “Force click” any word online to bring up its Wikipedia page, or “Force click”an address to pull up a map. It also happens to come with haptic feedback, which will let you know when you are “Force clicking”. Pretty neat, right? Apple is known for its gesture features, so this addition will probably be very popular.
The new Macbook comes with an Inte Core M processor, which allows it to have no fan, therefore giving Apple the ability to reduce the size of the logic board by 67%. So… what happened to all that space?
Improved battery life
Apple used all this internal size minimization to make the device thinner, but that is not it. They also improved its battery life by filling up all its empty space a terraced, contoured battery that minimizes empty spaces.
This will result in what Apple calls “all-day” battery life. The new Macbook is estimated to live up to 9 hours of web browsing on a single charge. That is pretty stunning, if you ask me.
Price and release date
Now, this is what you all really want to know, right? How much will this thing cost? Well, it certainly isn’t cheap. The new Macbook comes with a shape that replaces the Macbook Air, as well as power that could replace a Macbook Pro. And that is exactly what the price represents.
You can get the Macbook for $299 or $1599 come April 10th. It’s expensive, but definitely not more than similar laptops out there. My favorite direct competitor would be the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which has very similar specs and also starts at $1299.
Are any of you guys signing up? I certainly would like to read some reviews and see it in action before making a decision. It’s one sexy and powerful laptop, though.