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Apple unveils all-new MacBook with Retina display at Spring Forward event

By Marcus Wong - on 10 Mar 2015, 11:17am

Apple unveils all-new MacBook with Retina display at Spring Forward event

The MacBook line has finally got a much-needed update, and the first that will catch your attention is probably that it now comes in a choice of gold, silver and space grey. (Yes, much like the recently released iPhone 6 (And 6S) you can now choose the color of your MacBook.) The new MacBook is also a lot slimmer and lighter than anything Apple has released before at just 920g and 13.1mm thin, and it comes with a 2,304 x 1,440 pixels resolution Retina display that’s just 0.88mm thin, making it the thinnest display ever on a Mac.

Complementing the display perfectly is a brand new full-sized keyboard that is 34% thinner thanks to an Apple-designed butterfly mechanism that’s 40% thinner than traditional scissor mechanism yet four times more stable, providing greater precision. As before, the keyboard will be backlit, with every key individually backlit with its own LED for uniform brightness.

The new Force Touch trackpad is pressure sensitive too, allowing for new gestures.

Also new, is the Force Touch trackpad that features built-in force sensors that allow you to click anywhere and receive haptic feedback for a uniform feel. You can customize the feel of the trackpad by adjusting the amount of pressure needed to register a click, and the force sensors allow for a new gesture called Force Click, which is essentially a click followed by a deeper press. Force Click can be assigned functions such as pulling up word definitions, previews of files, or quickly viewing a map.

The MacBook will come in a choice of space grey, gold, and silver.

The new MacBook also features a redesigned logic board that features no moving parts, vents or even a fan for cooling, allowing for silent, efficient performance. The MacBook will feature the new energy efficient fifth-generation Intel Core M processor that runs at just 5 watts and Intel HD Graphics 5300, and a terraced battery design that delivers up to 9 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback.

What’s important to note is that the MacBook will feature a next-generation USB Type C port that supports higher-wattage charging, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) data transfer and DisplayPort 1.2 in a single connector that’s one-third the size of a traditional USB port. Add to this 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and you have connectivity to all the resources you might need.

As is standard now, the MacBook will come with OS X Yosemite, iMovie, GarageBand, iPhoto,Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

Pricing & Availability

The all-new MacBook will begin shipping Friday, 10 April through the Apple Online Store and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Two base configurations are available:-

  • MacBook with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.4 GHz), 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starts at suggested retail price S$1,788 inc. GST.
  • MacBook with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6GHz), 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starts from suggested retail price S$2,288 inc. GST.

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