Apple has announced a gold MacBook laptop with a 12in display. Apple has also updated its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display range to offer new features and improved performance.
The 12in MacBook weighs just 907g, and is only 13.1mm thin. This is 24 percent skinnier than Apple’s previously thinnest device, which was 17.3mm.
Apple chief Tim Cook announced the new device on stage during an event centred around the official unveiling of the Apple Watch, claiming the firm had managed to ‘reinvent the notebook’ with the new MacBook.
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said that the firm had built a new form of keyboard to enable the company to make the new device so thin, claiming it is also more accurate and more precise for capturing keystrokes.
The device has a 12in Retina display offering 3.3 million pixels, which Schiller claimed was the best display Apple has ever created for a Mac.
The trackpad has also been updated with new features, called Force Clicks, that allow new functions such as opening Wikipedia information from a word on a web page, previewing a file within Finder or fast-forwarding a video.
Battery life has also been optimised within the device by using 'terraced' batteries that can fit into more of the housing of the Macbook, so all the inner space free for batteries is utilised, Apple said.
Because of this Apple claims the MacBook 12in can last up to nine hours while using the web over wireless connections. The 12in MacBook will also support the emerging USB-C standard, which supports standards such as HDMI and VGA.
As well as coming in gold, the device will also be available in space grey and silver.
The new MacBook will begin shipping on 10 April, with either a 1.1GHz or 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.4 GHz and 2.6GHz respectively. Both models offer 8GB of memory, and either 256GB or 512GB of flash storage.
The 1.1GHz model costs £1,049, while the 1.2GHz version starts from £1,299.
MacBook Air and Macbook Pro updates
During the event Apple also announced it has updated its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to also feature the new Force Touch trackpad that allows for Force Clicks, and it can now runs on Intel's fifth generation processors.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will offer a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage with pricing starting at £999.
A 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage costs £1,199 and a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage costs £1,399.
Furthermore, Apple also updated its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air laptops with the same fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2.
Pricing for the 11-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage is £749 while 256GB of flash storage increase the price to £899.
The 13-inch MacBook Air offers a 1.6 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage for £849 and increasing flash storage to 256GB takes the price to £999.
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