Apple launches ‘thinnest, lightest’ MacBook ever
Apple has launched an updated MacBook which it claims is the “thinnest, lightest and most beautiful” notebook that it has ever made – and its nine hour battery life will last a whole day in the office
Apple has launched an updated MacBook which it claims is the “thinnest, lightest and most beautiful” notebook that it has ever made.
At its thickest point the machine is just 13.1mm deep – 24 per cent thinner than the existing 11-inch MacBook Air – and new battery technology provides a claimed nine hours.
The new laptop is smaller and thinner than the existing MacBook and also claims to be the most environmentally friendly machine it has ever produced.
Speaking at Apple’s Watch launch event in San Francisco on Monday evening, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, claimed that it was the “world’s most energy-efficient notebook”.
For the first time the entire case is made of metal and it features a single cable socket which combines several different technologies including charging and HDMI.
This combined connector is called USB-C and Apple says it will be seen on more products soon, including those from other manufacturers.
Other innovations include the trackpad which does not physically click, like existing models, but uses a “taptic feedback” device to produce the sensation of clicking.
Force sensors hidden underneath also allow different actions to be performed depending on how hard the user presses – video playback can be made to speed up when a button is pressed harder, for instance.
The 12-inch laptop manages to squeeze in a 2,304 by 1,440 resolution.
It’s powered by a 1.1GHz Intel processor, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB flash hard disk.
The all-new MacBook will begin shipping Friday April 10 for £1,049.
It can also be upgraded to a 1.2 GHz processor and 512GB of flash storage for £1,299.