Everything You Need to Know About the New Macbook

By Tom Pritchard on at

The Apple Watch wasn't the only thing getting launched at tonight's event, Apple also went and finally thrust a brand new Macbook onto the world. Just in case you weren't able to watch the stream and see everything live, here's everything you need to know about the new machine.

The new device is incredibly similar to the concepts we saw a little while back, and in typicalAapple fashion is lighter and thinner than its predecessors. It's 13.1mm thick at it's thickest point (24% thinner than its predecessors), and weights a mere 2lbs (907 grams).

You'll be please to know that the keyboard is indeed edge to edge, and the keys have been redesigned with some called a 'butterfly mechanism'. As silly as that sounds, it means that the keyboard is 40% thinner than previous models and gives you more precision, even if you're hitting them on the edge of the key. It's also backlit, which is always handy.

The new Macbook also comes with a 12-inch display, Retina resolution, and at 0.88mm thin it's the thinnest display Apple has ever made. Improvements to pixel aperture also means it uses 30% less energy that other displays available.

The new 'Force-Touch' touchpad is also capable of detecting pressure, opening up a whole new world of gesture control based on your clicks.

As those renders suggested, the new Macbook also only has a single Type-C USB port. Bit of a pain in some ways, but it does mean you won't have to do any pesky fiddling around to plug in Sandisk's brand new Type C USB stick. It's the only port on the machine, and it takes on the role of HDMI, USB, VGA, Display Port and the power socket. That's because Apple has portability in mind, and apparently that means not letting us have a bunch of wires all over the place. We're definitely going to need a hub to handle all of that.

Apple also announced that it is removing all fans and vents, making the new Macbook the first fanless Macbook ever. This is in part helped by Intel's heat-efficient Core M processor, which also helps the new Macbook become the most energy efficient laptop around.

The new Macbook, comes bundled with a 12-inch screen,  8GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU, a 1.3GHz processor (boostable to 2.6GHz) and up to 512GB of solid state storage. Apple claims that gives it an all-day battery, but we haven't been given any statistics so that could mean anything.

Obviously the thing that all of you really care about is when you can get one for yourself and how much it will cost. Well the Macbook will be launching on April 10th, and prices start at £1,049. To top all that off, t's available in silver, 'space grey' and gold. Why gold? Who knows, I just think it looks tacky.