Apple announced a new MacBook earlier this week at its Apple Watch event, which comes with a completely new design. It’s not a replacement for the MacBook Pro yet, but that time could come, which is why now is a great time to buy a MacBook Pro.
The new MacBook joins the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro in the lineup, so instead of giving it the “Pro” or “Air” suffix, Apple is simply just calling it the new “MacBook.” However, the all-new MacBook definitely has the MacBook Air feel to it, as Apple CEO Tim Cook says that it’s “the most extreme and efficient notebook we have ever created.”
The new MacBook weighs just two pounds and is only 13.1mm thin at its thickest point, which is 24% thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air.
As rumors have been predicting, this new MacBook comes with a 12-inch display and is equipped with a Retina-quality resolution of 2304 x 1440, making this the first ultra-thin MacBook to sport a Retina display.
On top of the unveiling of an all-new MacBook, Apple also upgraded the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, which both sport slightly-faster processors and the new “Force Click” trackpad that provides a slightly better experience than on previous models. 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.
It’s not a big upgrade from 2014, but it’s a welcomed one, and if you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro and like the fact that it has multiple ports, now is the time to buy.
The new MacBook comes with a thinner design, which means less room for ports. Instead, the new MacBook has only one USB Type-C port and a headphone jack. Plugging in multiple things to your new MacBook would require an adapter — a $79 accessory that you’d have to tack on to the already $1,299 purchase.
Plus, the keyboard received an all-new design as well. It’s 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.
However, there’s less key travel when you press down on them, which you could get used to, but many users prefer a more beefier keyboard.
Of course, I’m not saying that all of these changes will eventually come to the MacBook Pro, but it seems likely that Apple is moving in that direction. This means that if you’re wanting to buy a MacBook Pro, it might best to do it before the next MacBook Pro comes along, because it could see a drastic change.
The new MacBook will release on April 10, complete with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 5300. It will come 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.