All New 12″ MacBook Released in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

Mar 9, 2015 - 21 Comments

New MacBook 12" with Retina Display

Apple has released an all new redesigned unibody MacBook with Retina display. The new Mac laptop looks absolutely gorgeous and is intended to be extremely portable. The computer is available in a trio of colors, much like the iPhone and iPad, don’t miss the specs and gallery images below, this is one impressive portable Mac.

New MacBook Specs

  • 12″ Retina Display at 2304×1440
  • 2 pounds, lightest Mac ever made
  • Thinnest Mac ever made
  • Available in three color options; Silver, Space Gray, and Gold
  • Redesigned keyboard and trackpad
  • Up to 1.3GHz Intel Core M CPU
  • Intel HD 5300 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 9 hour battery life
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity
  • Single USB-C versatile port combines USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and Power
  • Prices starting at $1299

Despite it’s tiny size and redesigned enclosure, the name appears to just simply be “MacBook” rather than MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook will be released on April 10.

New 12″ MacBook Image Gallery

Check this thing out, it’s a beauty:

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Separately, the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro got minor spec bumps, but the focus is really on the 12″ MacBook.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac, News

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  1. balingo says:

    A little concerned about the processor power and ports situation… but $1299? Looks awesome, will probably buy to replace my aging 11″

  2. Toby says:

    Now if it only had TouchID . . .

  3. James Thorburn says:

    Interesting that they’ve gone for Core M in the Retina model and Core i5 in the regular ones – normally the Retina models feature more graphical power, not less!
    For the sake of comparison, HD 5300 vs. HD 5500: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPTXrFMY690

    • Emil says:

      Agree, that is my concern too. Retina is a lot to power, plus add an external monitor as we all do these days… how will it hold up to that?

      Maybe they fixed OS X Yosemite… bit sluggish on Retina 15″ Air with much stronger hardware!

  4. James says:

    Looks like a great machine. I’ve been surprised that Apple hasn’t used USB for charging earlier. Perhaps the old USB didn’t have enough power.

  5. John says:

    Solid product and specs for those seeking more than an iPad but don’t need a full on MacPro.

  6. Emil says:

    I’m very interested in performance, can this drive an external display and not be choppy? How much does the USB C to HDMI adapter cost?

    Looks great, but not too thrilled about the port situation, and a 1.1GHZ CPU with Core M may be challenging for driving Retina display let alone OS X Yosemite which is very poorly optimized…. Hmmm! I’ll buy one if it holds up and performs well.

  7. Kevin says:

    Just thinking out loud here, but does than mean if you trip on the power cord, it won’t gently pop off like the magsafe cable?

  8. A few thoughts:

    I noticed that the font has changed has changed on the keys. It looks like that San Francisco font on the Watch. Perhaps it will become the default font on the new OS X and iOS 9 as well.

    I don’t mind that it has just the one USB-C port, although the MagSafe connector on my MBP saved me from a few mishaps. The first thing I would get is a USB-C port extender with a USB-C port for charging, USB 3 ports, and HDMI and Ethernet ports.

    Overall, it’s a good looking computer, and I’m sure we’ll see its features on all the rest of the Macs soon. Still, I can’t see the name “MacBook” and not think of those thick white polycarbonate workhorses from the past.

  9. Shilo Watts says:

    What games can I play on this?

  10. Christian Torres Franklin says:

    I wonder about the adapter price…

  11. Paul says:

    It’s a lovely looking notebook, but I have a major criticism….I can’t see that it supports Thunderbolt, so this means it can’t be used with the 27″ Thunderbolt Display.

  12. Nufegiyq says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. Those that are worried about performance, sure the Core M is a little wonky, but in most areas it keeps up with the slower Core i5 processors and seems to always outpace the Core i3. In many multi threaded applications it even embarrasses Ivy Bridge Core i7 processors. Needless to say it’s a strange little processor that will easily meet the requirements for road warriors, home users and light photo and video editors.

    • Sneezles says:

      I hope you’re right, I’m anxiously awaiting benchmarks to see how it performs. If it does well I will replace my MacBook Air with it. Otherwise, the 13″ MacBook Pro Retina is still a decent machine for an upgrade. Meanwhile, the 15″ MacBook Pro Retina is running nearly 3 year old hardware… come on!

  13. Nufegiyq says:

    While the 15 MacBook Pro might not be running the latest 5th gen architecture, I certainly wouldn’t call the 4th gen old or outdated. It still outperforms just about everything in that category. Haveing said that, I would most definitely welcome an update, cross your fingers, a redesign. Including the latest MacBook, the look of Apple laptops has become far too predictable, in my opinion. I really shouldn’t complain, though. I don’t have a better design to offer.

  14. hzh says:

    My dongle is made of gold and 12 inches i can kiss it. Last week i had a 4 day nasty gluey load, it went on my face you know what my friends!? slimy glue taste pretty good please donate to me.

  15. Waqas says:

    Why can’t mac guys fit the standard processors in all machines specially when PPC era is long gone

    • gerp says:

      Did you miss how thin the MacBook is? How are you going to fit a standard desktop processor in a fan-less case that is a few millimeters thick? This is an ultralight laptop, not a 8LBS Dell Clunker Deluxe Pro XPS 50000

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