Apple added a brand new MacBook to its lineup on Monday, and it’s the thinnest, lightest Apple laptop we’ve ever seen. At just 2 pounds, the MacBook is not much heavier than an iPad Air 2, and it’s 24-percent thinner than Apple’s thinnest MacBook Air. Seriously, it makes the Air, which is elegant and svelte and beautiful, seem downright elephantine. Our devices are getting thinner all the time, but, man, this thing is still very surprising. You almost don’t believe there is a working computer inside.
The major news, obviously, is this MacBook’s design, but it’s not just about the device’s chassis. Apple’s new MacBook comes with a Retina Display—something not even the MacBook Air has. The 12-inch screen is packed with a resolution of 2304×1440, and it looks absolutely phenomenal in person. Seeing it on something so thin and light only adds to the wow factor; it’s hard to convey on camera, but your eyes won’t believe just how lovely the screen is.
You also notice just how strong the device feels despite its nearly vanishing profile. Apple construction has been under fire ever since #bendgate plagued the iPhone 6 launch last year, but we don’t have any concerns with build quality here. The thing feels unbelievably strong, which is certainly important for something so thin; think of it as an in-between of the iPad and MacBook Air. In that sense, it’s going to be an incredibly portable device, and perfect for students and folks who don’t need a lot of power.
Apple’s new MacBook isn’t meant to be the most powerful machine out there, but Apple has built it to be the perfect productivity companion. Photographers, filmmakers, and music producers will likely want to stick with a MacBook Pro (or even a desktop machine)—a big reason why Apple’s lineup got a slight upgrade today as well. But if you need something to get work down (Web browsing, email, writing documents), then the MacBook might be a solid choice for you. Of course, the MacBook Air is still a solid option, especially since its internals received a slight upgrade.
There are a few other big features, like the Force Touch trackpad, and the inclusion of USB Type-C. The MacBook definitely feels and looks super slick on first impression, and we’re excited what it can do over extended use. In the run up to today’s event, we hoped Apple would make its thinner laptop the more affordable option, but that’s just not the case. The price starts at $1,200 with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM; there’s also a model with all the bells and whistles for $1,599.
You can read more about the MacBook in detail right here.
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