Apple is on a roll. Having already captured the hearts and devoured the cash of millions with their iPhone 6, the company is now dangling a new product that they are confident will be a bestseller, as always. No, we’re not talking about the Apple Watch here but the new MacBook, touted by its maker as the thinnest and lightest one yet.
Apple’s Macbooks have been very successful, especially among the college student and hipster yuppie crowd. The laptop’s popular appeal was in its stylish build – slim yet functional and very simplistic outer shell whose curvy corners gave it an edge in the coolness factor compared to Apple’s competitors. Continuing this tradition, the new two-pound MacBook – previously known as the Retina MacBook Air – aims to be as slim as possible, to the point where you might as well consider it a tablet with a keyboard. The computer is a mere 13.1 mm at its thickest point – that’s 24% thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. However, it’s still a notebook at heart though, so don’t expect a touchscreen. Despite lacking interactivity, the screen is nothing to scoff at. Its 12-inch Retina display sports a 16:10 aspect ratio, and at just 0.88 mm thin – it’s the thinnest display ever on a Mac. Apparently, this MacBook also uses less power than its predecessors, allowing you to make full use of the machine’s nine hours of wireless web browsing and 10 hours of iTunes binging.
There are other improvements of course, like the latest processor for more computing power, a longer lasting battery, the newest operating system and so forth, but one glaring weakness that has already been pointed out by critics is the presence of only one USB port. Apple has decided to equip the new MacBook with the next-generation USB-C port which offers a faster data transfer speed and higher wattage charging at only one-third of a regular USB slot. The issue here is the fact that the computer only has one of these ports which means that users will have to choose between charging their computer (that port is the only outlet for charging) or plugging in another USB device or memory stick.
But if that’s not an issue, then you can await the arrival of the new MacBook. It is scheduled to ship in the US on 10 April 2015 through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers. Meantime, the Malaysian Apple website tantalises us with a ‘Coming Soon’ message but the exact date is “Pending Regulatory Approval.” So for now, drool over these images if you must and rejoice at the new colour schemes available – Silver, Gold or the slightly more imaginative Space Grey. cs