APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED the first 12in MacBook, which ships with just one USB Type-C port.
The lack of ports hasn't gone down too well with potential buyers, who are mourning the lack of standard USB ports and HDMI and DisplayPort connectors.
People have been flocking to Twitter to moan, as shown below:
There is only one problem with the new MacBook, and that's there's only one USB port. Two is the minimum, imo, even in a wireless future.— Thomas Robinson (@thomjrob) March 11, 2015
Well the the Macbook is a joke. How does Apple get away with 1 usb port? Let alone one that isnt compatible with 99% of the stuff out there— Matt Clanton (@ClantonMatt) March 11, 2015
Apple has a solution, however, albeit an expensive one, and is offering a multiport adaptor for a cool £65.
Google also has a solution that it hopes will win over buyers in the form of its new Chromebook Pixel 2, which ships with two USB Type C ports.
The new MacBook is the first to be made available in gold, and is the lightest model ever at 2lbs (0.9kg) and 13.1mm at its thickest point. This makes it 20 percent skinnier than the 11in MacBook Air, which is 17.1mm thick.
As speculation had suggested, this slim and lightweight profile is thanks to the fanless design provided by Intel's 14nm Core M chips. This also means that the device operates "silently", according to Apple.
The new model features a 12in Surface Pro 3-sized 2340x1440 Retina display, which Apple claims has over three million pixels.
As expected, there's also a redesigned keyboard based on a new butterfly mechanism, which makes typing much more precise and accurate, according to Apple. Each key now has an individual backlight.
This is accompanied by a new trackpad, which Apple has dubbed the Force Touch. This has a glass multitouch surface, four force hinges and a Taptic Engine, similar to that found inside the Apple Watch, to provide haptic feedback.
A new gesture called Force Click will allow customers to press on a word on a webpage, for example, to see a Wikipedia entry, or to click on a file in Finder to see a preview of it.
Apple has fitted a bigger battery, which the firm claims will offer nine hours of web browsing and 10 hours of music playback.
Other specifications include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a USB Type-C connector that supports USB, DisplayPort and VGA connections.
As you'd expect, the 12in MacBook also ships with Apple's newest OS X Yosemite operating system, which has a reworked interface bringing it in line with iOS and better integration between the firm's desktop and mobile products thanks to the Continuity and Handoff features.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "We continue to innovate, we continue to lead the industry and we continue to provide the best experience for our customers. For every year for the past decade, the Mac has outgrown the industry.
"If you look at notebooks, the numbers are even more telling. While the overall industry shrank, the Mac grew by 20 percent.
"The definition of portability has changed in the past few years, so we challenged ourselves to do something incredibly ambitious and bold. We challenged ourselves to reinvent the notebook. And we did it."
The new MacBook will be available in silver, space grey and gold when it goes on sale on 10 April priced at £1,049. A higher-spec model will be available for £1,299.
Apple also announced that the MacBook Air line is being updated with Intel 5th-generation Broadwell processors, while the MacBook Pro will be refreshed with a better battery life and the Force Touch trackpad. µ
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