SAN FRANCISCO—Apple announced a new MacBook today—not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just MacBook. It’s the first one of those that Apple has offered since it killed the plastic MacBooks earlier this decade, and while those computers were low-cost alternatives to the MacBook Pro and then the MacBook Air, this laptop is a much different beast. It’s Apple’s first fanless MacBook. It’s the first to use Intel’s ultra-low-power processors in the form of the Broadwell-based Core M. It’s got a Retina Display. It’s not a cut-down budget model, and it’s not quite a MacBook Air replacement. We got a chance to take the laptop for a test drive at Apple’s event today, and here’s what it’s like to use. Look and feel The numbers seem small on paper—it weighs two pounds and is 13mm thick at its thickest point. Seeing it in person really drives home what a small laptop this is. It’s the most similar to the 11-inch MacBook Air, but it’s got a bigger and better screen. I moved from an 11- to a 13-inch MacBook Air because I found the display too cramped, but the new MacBook is large enough to avoid that problem. As Apple said, to… Read full this story
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