At just 13.1mm at its thickest point, the laptop is Apple’s thinnest ever, and it features a redesigned keyboard, too. We got our first look at the new MacBook, which comes in gold and space gray as well as the traditional MacBook silver, and it’s stunning. The MacBook Air line was no slouch in the looks department one likely reason Apple didn’t refresh the design for years but the 2015 MacBook trumps it by going even thinner and lighter.
Apple managed that by trimming the fat wherever possible. It jettisoned the older, larger USB port for a single USB-C port that acts a power, video out, and transfer all-in-one. There’s also a new full-sized keyboard that’s 40% thinner, with 17% wider keys that don’t flex or give when tapped on the sides or corners.
This sort of give-and-take approach yielded a typing experience that took some getting used to at first. Yes, tapping away on the MacBook feels flatter and less tactile, but the wider keys mean your fingers are just as likely to find the right key. Your typing speed won’t suffer — mine didn’t banging out an email for 5 minutes — but again, there’s a brief adjustment period.
If you own an iPhone, MacBook Pro Retina or iMac with Retina 5K Display, you know what you’re in for with the new MacBook, which finally sports a 12-inch Retina Display of its own. It’s a late arrival, considering Apple’s first Retina-toting notebook, the 15-inch MacBook Pro, debuted in 2012. But the MacBook’s 2304 x 1440 resolution remains a big step up from even the 13-inch Air’s 1440 x 900 — a standard Apple stuck with for years. Text and media are much easier on the eyes, now, and colors pop.
That Apple finally brought the Retina Display to the MacBook isn’t a surprise — pundits predicted it would happen for years. But on first impressions, the MacBook makes a pretty strong argument it was worth the wait. Read more…