Apple Unveils Next-Gen MacBook

By Staff  |  03/09/2015

During its "Spring Forward" event in Cupertino, CA, on Monday (March 9), Apple showed off its latest innovation, its all-new MacBook for 2015.

The new MacBook is 24% thinner than its predecessors, and lighter, weighing in at just 2 pounds, making it the most compact version of the notebook ever.

Coming in either gold, silver or Space Grey options, the laptop boasts a standard Retina Display, a re-engineered keyboard, and a re-tooled Force Touch trackpad, which is capable of detecting not only motion, but the amount of pressure your fingers apply. The Force Touch trackpad also boasts new interactions; Wikipedia entries, precise Google Maps locations and other stats conveniently pop up with the flick of the index finger.

One of the most noticeable differences is that, to make it thinner, Apple did away with all the MacBook's ports, aside from a single USB-C port, which allows charging, speedy USB 3 data transfer and video output in a new, small design, one-third the size of the current USB port. Without a hub, users cannot charge the computer and an iPhone at the same time.

As for tech specs, it boasts a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache, as well as 8GB of onboard memory, and 256GB of storage.

It starts at $1,299 USD, but a verison with a slightly faster processor and more storage is available for $1,599 USD. The new MacBook will ship April 10.