The 12-inch MacBook is Apple’s thinnest, lightest Mac product to date. Unveiled during the company’s March 9 “Spring Forward” media event, the MacBook is a standalone product that is distinct from the existing MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro lineups.
Measuring in at 13.1mm thick, the new MacBook is 24 percent thinner than the existing MacBook Air, and it weighs just two pounds, lighter than both the 2.38 pound 11-inch MacBook Air and the 2.96 pound 13-inch MacBook Air. It has a 12-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2304 x 1440.
It includes a full-size edge-to-edge keyboard with a speaker grille above, and it has Retina MacBook Pro-style black bezels. It comes in three colors that match the iPad and the iPhone — silver, gold, and space gray.
There’s a new Force Touch trackpad that incorporates technology from the Apple Watch, bringing a new pressure-based gesture called “Force Click.” With a click followed by a harder press, users can do tasks like pulling up a word definition, seeing a map, or looking at a file preview. The trackpad also incorporates haptic feedback for a tactile response when it’s used.
Because it’s so thin, the MacBook includes a new “butterfly mechanism” for the keyboard keys, which makes them 40 percent thinner than traditional keyboard keys that use a scissor mechanism. According to Apple, the keys are also four times more stable, for greater precision when typing. Each key is individually backlit with a single LED for uniform brightness.
Like existing MacBooks, the new MacBook incorporates 802.11ac and it includes Bluetooth support. It only has one port, though, a USB Type-C port that serves several different functions. It provides power, USB 3.1 connectivity, and DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and VGA capabilities.
The new MacBook uses low power 1.1GHz and 1.2GHz Intel Core M processors with Intel HD Graphics 5300, which let it have a fanless design with silent operation. Using terraced battery design, the MacBook offers “all day battery life” with up to nine hours of wireless web browsing and 10 hours of iTunes movie playback.
Apple will begin selling the new MacBook on Friday, April 10 through its online store. Prices begin at $1,299 (500 BHD).