The new MacBook – Apple look to the future of notebooks

The company Apple, developing new MacBook, set a goal to significantly outperform and so very compact own models of MacBook Air, making the new device is as thin and light. The company claims that in the end she managed to create a laptop of the future. What changes brings with it a new MacBook?

First of all, it is necessary to say a few words about the 12-inch IPS-screen with a viewing angle of 178 degrees. Firstly, its resolution is increased to 2304 × 1440 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Second, despite the significant increase in resolution of the light transmission due to a new pixel structure increased, thereby reducing the power consumption of LED backlighting by 30% compared with Retina-display in the MacBook Pro. In addition, due to the improved automatic production Apple managed to reduce the thickness of the screen to the 0.88 mm (including protective glass thickness of 0.5 mm).

The new MacBook - Apple look to the future of notebooks

The second innovation – revised full-size keyboard. Apple notes that over the keyboard had to work essentially from scratch to fit it into a new slim. All components have been redesigned for the new MacBook: a form of bending keys, the mechanism of their work, lighting and even the font. Thinner button with a deep bend allows the finger to accurately hit the center and make pushing more natural. Instead of the traditional mechanism of “scissors” was used by the new, which Apple called “butterfly” – it is thinner by 40%, but 4 times more reliable. The keys have become more stable and compact. In order to improve the compactness has been redesigned and lights – each key was its own LED, which also allowed almost completely neutralize the flare between the buttons. Apple claims that the LED-backlight is optimized in terms of energy consumption.

Another innovation – capacitive touch panel Force Touch, recording pressing force. Now she is not physically goes down when pressed, but to transmit sensations clicks there is a special drive tactile feedback. He can also report the user’s finger haptic information in some tasks (such as adding comments to PDF-File or scrolling). In addition to standard multi-touch gestures such as swipe, zoom or rotate, a new enhanced gesture pressing Force Click, which will be used in OS X and various applications. The sensitivity of the panels can be customized.

The new MacBook - Apple look to the future of notebooks

One of the key innovations – of course, the 14-nm processor generation Intel Core M Broadwell with integrated graphics Intel HD 5300, which is low power consumption (up to 5 W) will get rid of active cooling (and, as a consequence – fanfare), reducing the demands on capacity battery. Apple removed not only the fan, but heat pipe – instead, the motherboard is mounted on the anisotropic graphite plate, which improves the heat transfer from the processor. The area of the motherboard has become the new MacBook is about 5 times less than the 11.6-inch laptop MacBook Air. It addition to the processor and various interfaces IO memory chips placed LPDDR3-1600 MHz and SSD-drive.

To achieve the best performance of battery life, Apple fought literally every square millimeter of the internal space in the slim notebook. Instead of the traditional rectangular batteries have been used a new type of batteries: they can be staggering and choose the desired shape in accordance with the design of the cabinet. According to Apple, this approach allowed a 35% increase in the total capacity of the polymer electrolyte (up to 39.7 W ∙ h). The result was the following indicators: up to 9 hours of battery life while surfing the web on Wi-Fi or up to 10 hours of video playback in iTunes.

The new MacBook - Apple look to the future of notebooks

Whether for maximum compactness, or to facilitate and elegant design Apple removed almost all the connectors from the notebook. The company relies on a wireless connection, for example, materials MacBook on HD-TV can be transmitted via AirPlay, a quick exchange of files is done via AirDrop. Instead, power port, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA and Mini DisplayPort connector used compact symmetric new format USB-C. For connecting conventional USB-devices require adapters or new devices.

It is worth adding that the laptop comes complete with only 2-meter cable USB-C for charging and power adapter USB-C capacity of 29 watts. Therefore, all the adapters for connecting older USB-devices or external displays have to be purchased separately. One port is not too much, so surely will come and special docking station, albeit informal.

Among other features it should be noted support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.1 first generation (up to 5 Gbit / s), DisplayPort 1.2, the presence of the webcam FaceTime 480p, stereo speakers, dual microphones and headphones output with support for Apple iPhone headset .

The new MacBook - Apple look to the future of notebooks

As can be seen, the company processed nearly all aspects of the laptop – it has truly innovative device. The thickness of the unit is in the range from 3.5 mm to 13.1 mm (other sizes – 28,05 × 19,65 cm) and weighs 0.92 kg. By the way, noticeable external change was the refusal of the glowing Apple logo on the thin lid of the laptop – in full compliance with the rumors.

The device is available in three versions: The “gray space”, “Gold” and “Silver”. In the sale of the new MacBook will arrive on Friday 10 April. Option 2-core processor Intel Core M @ 1,1 GHz (Turbo Boost – 2,4 GHz), 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD-drive PCIe Russian buyers will cost 100 thousand rubles (the price in the US – $ 1300).

Option 2-core processor Intel Core M @ 1,2 GHz (Turbo Boost – 2,6 GHz), 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD-drive PCIe will cost Russia 123 thousand rubles. In both models surcharge also possible to install 2-core processor Intel Core M @ 1,3 GHz (Turbo Boost – up to 2.9 GHz).

Source: Apple

The new MacBook – Apple look to the future of notebooks updated: March 10, 2015 author: John Malkovich