Apple has a tendency to get something innovative everytime and they didn’t disappoint anyone this time as well! The new MacBook is just not a specification update, it’s a remarkable change, good for many. Few highlights of the new MacBook…
- It is 13.1 mm thick weighing just 2 pounds. It’s got a beautiful high-res Retina display and up to 9 hours of battery life. The new MacBook’s also sporting that single (but versatile) reversible USB-C port.
- The speaker grills right above the keyboard provide a clue. While the new MacBook has stereo speakers (like the MacBook Air), it also has slightly better sound. On the MacBook Air, the speakers are hidden in the vents near the hinge. On the new MacBook, the speakers are blasting sound upwards at you.
- Every Mac ships with a 720p resolution FaceTime HD camera. The new MacBook? It got the short end of the stick — it’s saddled with a 480p resolution FaceTime camera. That’s as low-res as an iPhone 4’s front-facing camera. Every iPhone starting from the iPhone 5 has a 720p FaceTime HD camera. With the low resolution FaceTime camera, FaceTime or Skype calls will only be in standard-def, not HD. That’s a bit of a bummer considering how high-res the display is.
- The slim laptop has just a single USB port, the new tiny Type-C variety that’s slowly popping up in devices this year. It’s a multipurpose port that connects to external devices like hard drives, runs video to TVs and external monitors, and supplies the laptop with power when it’s charging time. The new USB port is remarkably flexible, but it’s still just one port. For those who need to attach printers, Ethernet cables, external hard drives, cameras, monitors, keyboards, mice, TVs, game controllers and tablets, that might seem confining. You’d better get used to it, because the new MacBook hints at the direction the industry is headed as it relies increasingly on wireless technology.
The Type-C connector (USB-C, as Apple calls it) is about as small as the Micro USB port that’s become ubiquitous on Android smartphones. USB Type-C is reversible, unlike previous incarnations of USB, so you won’t need to figure out which way to plug it in. And as USB Type-C spreads to PCs, phones, cameras and other devices, cables with Type-C connectors at both ends will become common.
If it all works out according to plan, the new design will sweep aside the eyestrain-inducing profusion of USB options like Standard-A, Standard-B, Mini-B, Micro-B, Micro-B USB 3.0, and Standard-B USB 3.0. As the disparaging saying goes, the great thing about standards is there are so many to choose from.
- The single USB-C port is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the single reversible port allows the new MacBook to be impossibly thin. On the other hand, you will need to purchase a $79 adapter if you want to simultaneously charge your pretty new notebook and and output video to an external display and connect a hard drive or flash drive or DVD drive with a full-sized USB.