Unexpected news came from Apple’s Spring Forward event earlier this week, as the iPhone giant announced a new MacBook meant to be a turning point in the future of mobile computing.
The new 12-inch MacBook, available in stores from April 10th, caught everyone’s attention with its superthin design. Being only 13.1 mm thick and weighing around 2 pounds, the MacBook Air is the lightest notebook ever made, or at least that’s what Apple claims. The new gadget weighs almost a pound less than any previous MacBook versions, and it is even 24 percent thinner than the smaller 11-inch version.
According to MacBook designers, the new machine relies on a butterfly mechanism that’s 40 percent thinner than a keyboard’s scissor mechanism traditionally used. The innovating system apparently comes with no drawbacks, being four times more stable than the older one. It still doesn’t come with a touchscreen though.
Compared to the older 2010 version, experts say the MacBook 12 fixes many of its problems. Apple gave up on the trap door the USB 2.0 port came with on its older computer, re-illuminated the keyboard and introduced more storage options. However, people expect another improved version to be launched in about two years, since this MacBook does still have many annoying accessibility problems.
In general, the new MacBook seems to be a net improvement over its previous versions. The 2304 x 1440 pixels new Retina display is a massive boost over older Apple laptops, and the keyboard is 34 percent thinner. The keys are individually lit and reportedly more stable and precise. Some may complain though about the camera’s small 480p resolution and a bit dated processor. It uses a dual core fifth generation Intel Core M, which at the moment definitely isn’t the fastest processor on the market.
The main problem critics found with the new laptop is that it’s maybe too Apple-users exclusive, and isn’t built to properly adjust to the peripheral devicesmost people use on their desktop PCs. Besides a standard audio jack, it has only one USB-C port which incidentally is the same port used for battery charging. This prevents the use of multiple devices on the laptop, unless the user is willing to spend extra cash on an adapter.
Critics pointed out the nigh-impossibility of backing up data from the laptop in one run, since the battery might not last long enough and you won’t be able to recharge it because the only USB slot will already be occupied. A Multiport adapter would, again, solve the problem, but it adds $79 to the already spicy $1599 price one would have to pay to get the MacBook.
Given its device multi-use limitations and the outdated processor and camera, market specialists suggest the new MacBook might not be the commercial success Apple hoped for.