If you want to order one of the new 12-inch MacBooks but don’t quite like the back-ordered shipping dates you see on Apple’s website, here’s where you can buy the new MacBook without waiting.
Currently, the online Apple Store shows a 3-5 week wait until it can finally be shipped to you, which would put a delivering into June if you ordered one now. That’s not exactly something you want to see after ordering a new computer, especially considering that buyer’s remorse could set it even before you receive the device.
Unfortunately, in-store availability of the new MacBook at Apple Stores isn’t quite official yet, but they’re starting to make their way into some Apple Stores in limited quantities. However, a mass in-store rollout still has yet to come, but we’ll most likely see that later this month.
Customers who are interested in the new MacBook have been able to try out the new laptop in stores, but have been re-directed to Apple’s website if they wanted to buy one. This is similar to how Apple is handling Apple Watch orders. In-store availability most likely won’t arrive until next month, so customers can only order online for now.
However, if you want a new MacBook right now and don’t wait to wait 3-5 weeks to receive one, there’s one store that can ship you one upon purchase, and that’s Best Buy.
Best Buy has entry-level 12-inch MacBooks ready for purchase and are available to ship as soon as the next business day. The best part is that shipping is free if you can wait a week or so. Otherwise, you can select the quickest shipping option and get your new MacBook in as little as a couple of days.
The 12-inch MacBook was announced back in March and was launched earlier last month. It weighs just two pounds and is only 13.1mm thin at its thickest point, which is 24% thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air.
The new machine received a completely new look and features compared to the MacBook Air, including an all-new keyboard, which is 40% thinner than the old style, but the key caps themselves are 17% larger. It’s a better-built keyboard overall, though, with stainless steel dome switches instead of silicone (these are the parts under the keys). Plus, each key has it’s own backlight instead of a general set of LEDs lighting up the whole keyboard. This makes for a more even application of light across the keyboard.
The trackpad received an upgrade as well. It’s still the same glass material, but it’s now pressure sensitive and you can click it anywhere, instead of just from one side like previous trackpads. The pressure sensitivity is used for what Apple is calling “force clicks,” which will allows you to press hard on an address in the Mail app to get a location (for example). You can also use force clicks in Finder to see a preview of whatever is inside a folder.
On the inside, the new MacBook is rocking a fanless design, which is the first MacBook ever to do that. This means that noise levels will be pretty much nonexistent. It’s also rocking Intel’s new Core M processors, which only uses 5 watts of power. Compared to other processors currently on the market, 5 watts is incredibly low and Apple says that you’ll be able to fit in 9 hours of web browsing with the new MacBook.
Complete specs include a 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 5300.
As for ports, the new MacBook only has one Type-C connector, which supports USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA, but you can get an adapter that allows you to expand that one USB-C port into a few different options.
The new MacBook comes in silver, space gray, and gold. Prices start at $1,299 for the entry-level model with an upgrade to a 1.2GHz processor and 512GB of storage costing $1,599.
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