Apple has officially announced the 12 inch Macbook Air with Retina display, proving some of the key early rumors true. The new Macbook is the lightest of the lot, weighing in at just 2lb and measuring in at just 13.1mm at its thickest point.
As previously speculated, the new Macbook Air will come in a completely fanless design thanks to the new Intel Core M chip, meaning that it will operate silently according to Apple. The chip is embedded on Apple’s smallest logic board ever, freeing up extra room in the chassis for layered batteries to power the new high-resolution display.
There is a newly redesigned keyboard based on a new butterfly switch, making typing more precise and accurate. This is accompanied by the new trackpad, made of a glass multi-touch surface, using a new haptic feedback system for touch recognition, the same system will be found on the Apple Watch.
The device will feature just one USB Type-C connector, just as earlier rumors suggested. Other specifications include 802.11ac wireless, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The new Macbook will come in Space Grey, Gold and the more traditional silver. It will launch on the 10th of April at £1049 while the higher spec model will cost £1299.
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KitGuru Says: The new Macbook Air features some fairly radical design changes, most notably, the removal of all ports aside from one USB Type-C connector. The 12 inch form factor is also pretty uncommon.