Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage on 9 March 2015 at the company’s Spring Forward Apple Watch event to unveil the latest development in its laptop range, simply named ‘the new MacBook’.
The new device includes a high resolution Retina Display, a new touch-sensitive trackpad and a new port for data transfer and charging in a single connector. It features a 12-inch Retina Display and is the first MacBook without a fan for cooling, making it quieter than conventional laptops. It uses Intel’s new low-power Core M processor, which allows for longer battery life and thinner design than past generations of similar Intel chips.
The device is 24% thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air laptop and weighs just 2 pounds. A 67% smaller logic board allows for more room for the battery, which now offers up to nine hours of wireless web browsing.
The trackpad has been upgraded to include touch response for the first time, using Apple’s Force Touch technology, which can sense a range of pressure. These different types of clicks allow users to do different things. For example, a deep click – called a “force click” – on a word in a web browser will call up a connected Wikipedia page.
The device starts at £1,049 and is available to purchase in silver, space grey or gold.