Apple announced a new, low-power, ultra-thin MacBook notebook computer at a event it held in San Francisco on 9 March 2015.
Senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Phil Schiller introduced the new computer, saying the device features a new keyboard and new trackpad design.
The usual scissor mechanism used in the Mac keyboard is replaced with a “butterfly” switch. It is a single-assembly switch with a stainless steel dome.
Keycaps on the new MacBook’s keyboard will also be larger, Schiller said.
The trackpad has also been replaced with a glass multi-touch surface that features the “taptic” technology used in the Apple Watch.
This allows you to click the trackpad anywhere, and not just the bottom half as previous MacBook trackpads did.
Since the click is registered by four force sensors, the click feel is also adjustable in software, and clicks can be force sensitive.
The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick at its thickest point, weighs 0.91kg (2lbs), and features a 2304×1440 12-inch Retina display.
Regarding the rest of the device’s hardware, it will be the first fanless MacBook ever, and will run on an Intel Core M processor clocked up to 1.3GHz, consuming a maximum of 5W of power.
The new MacBook features a single USB-C port on the left edge through which it charges, and offers USB 3.1 (5Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity.
Two models of the new MacBook will start shipping on 10 April 2015 through select Apple Authorised Resellers.
The first model will cost $1,299 and feature a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 5300.
A model for $1,599 will also be available which has a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 5300.
Apple said additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options, and accessories will be available through its website.