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12-inch MacBook (2015): What's new?

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12-inch MacBook (2015): What's new?

12-inch MacBook Features: Here's what you need to know about Apple's new MacBook

The new MacBook is the laptop that Apple says is the reinvention of the portable computer. It's available to buy now on the same day that Apple Watch pre-orders go online.

If you're weighing up whether to get one, we've picked out the key new features that might persuade you to invest in more Apple tech.

Thinner than Air

The new MacBook with its 12-inch Retina display is only 13.1mm thick and weighs just 907g, 4mm thinner and around 10g lighter than the previous MacBook Air.

But the biggest improvements have been made to the the keyboard and trackpad. Apple has ditched the traditional button function, known as a scissor mechanism and invented a new butterfly mechanism. The new keys are four times more stable and have a 17% larger surface area, which should make for much more accurate and faster typing. They’re also 40% thinner than the buttons on the old MacBook Air.

In a bid to reduce the size of the components further, each key has been illuminated individually, this should provide better illumination all round according to Apple.

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Feel the Force

The all new Force Touch trackpad is now pressure sensitive and can provide adjustable haptic feedback. Impressively, four sensors around the pad can detect the amount of pressure you’re applying and provide content-specific options when pressed firmly.

For example, while watching a video on QuickTime, you can speed up the video by pressing harder. Alternatively, a hard press or Force click as Apple is calling it, can add appointments to your calendar from an email or open a Wikipedia entry from a word on webpage.

The logic board has been made 67% smaller than the board in the 11-inch MacBook Air and runs silently thanks to the removal of the fan. The additional space made by the reduction in Logic board size has been used to house an all new battery array, layer out in a terraced formation, contoured to fit the MacBook’s housing efficiently.

This new approach should provide 35% more battery cell capacity, giving a stated 9 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback.

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One port Mac

USB-C is set to be the new standard for ports in portable devices going forward, so naturally the all-new MacBook features one. In fact, it’s the only port on this device aside from the headphone jack, but it will provide USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA connectivity, as well as power of course.

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Apple is keen for MacBook users to utilise all of its wireless solutions such as Airplay and Airdrop instead of being tethered to a Mac with wires. To facilitate with this, the new MacBook has 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Power-wise the new MacBook starts at £1049/$1299, with a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, which consumes only 5 watts of energy, it also has 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD flash storage.

A second configuration will also be available for £1299/$1599, using a 1.2GHz Intel Core M, Intel HD Graphics 5300, 8GB RAM and 512GB of flash storage.

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Apple said that this will be its most energy efficient and environmentally friendly MacBook and will be the first ever to not feature Beryllium, a carcinogenic metal.

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