Apple Sheds Light On MacBook Air’s Retina Display Version
During its event in Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, Apple finally confirmed that MacBook Air’s next iteration was going to be a 12-inch Retina laptop which would be thinner and lighter than the previous version of the design. A long thread of rumors had been running along regarding MacBook Air for quite sometime, and was recently ignited back in January.
The laptop revealed by Apple today shows that it is in line with most of the rumors reported over time. It has a narrower bezel around the screen, and the keyboard touches end to end of the base. Moreover, the track pad does a little trickery with our accustomed instincts regarding trackpad behavior – it does not click like we expect it to. Instead, it simulates the sensation of clicking by the Taptic engine, which is also used in Apple Watch to provide haptic feedback. However, you can tap harder than usual and have it used as a separate gesture, as with Apple Watch.
Carrying on the legacy of the original MacBook Air bringing new ideas about expansion and media, MacBook Air has been designed for the era where smartphones rule and mold our lives, not laptops. While the original MacBook Air had eradicated age old ports and the DVD drive, the new MacBook introduces just one port apart from the headphone jack.
The port is the new reversible USB-C connector, which can charge the laptop, send video to an external display, and carry data at USB 3 rates. Building this new connector is what actually allowed Apple to build the thinner laptop, though it restricts the user to connect peripherals via an external USB hub.
Apple has an answer for that though, especially if you have to share documents or photos: according to the company, majority users will be satisfied by sending their data over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth using iCloud and AirDrop.
Weight and dimensions
The new MacBook Air weighs only 2 pounds and is just 13.1 mm thick, which makes it 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air.
The 2304 x 1440 display calls for the Retina-quality branding, which has been used in an Air for the first time.
The processor is a Core M, one of Intel’s ultra-low-power chips that has been included in some recent hybrid tablet-laptop devices from Windows OEMs.
Apple is also claiming the battery would run “all-day,” with 9 hours of web or 10 hours of HD video.
MacBook Air’s revision will include 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD in the entry-level model.
Similar to the iPad and iPhone lines, the new Mac will come in Silver, Space Gray and Gold versions.
The new MacBook is all set to be unveiled for the Mac aficionados on April 10, priced at the expected high range of $1,299.