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    Default 12-Inch Retina MacBook

    After a lot of rumours we got our first look at the new 12-inch Retina MacBook at the Spring Forward event early this morning.

    It weighs just two pounds and is 13.1 mm thin. The new MacBook features a stunning 12-inch Retina® display that is the thinnest ever on a Mac, an Apple-designed full-size keyboard which is dramatically thinner and highly responsive, the all-new Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac, an incredibly compact USB-C port for data transfer, video out and charging in a single connector, and a new battery design that maximizes every millimeter of space to deliver all-day battery life. And, for the first time, MacBook is available in three gorgeous aluminum finishes—gold, silver and space gray.

    MacBook comes with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.4 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1,299 (US); and with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1799.

    So what do we think, from the video it sure looks like a sexy beast. Though you have to wonder is the quest for thin going to far and is the machine powerful enough at that starting price?

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    Wellllllll

    I do appreciate that it is an amazing feat of engineering.

    I don't think I'm objected to it as a sole machine, rather what ideas Apple will apply to the rest of the line from it - EG No MagSafe, no ports etc.

    The Macbook could serve well for someone who needs a machine on the road, but not a main machine - someone who the iPad form factor appeals to, but wants OSX.
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    I've bought several MacBook Pros (for use around home and at work) and several Macbook Airs (for use around home and when travelling) but I won't be buying this new 12 inch MacBook Air because when it's on charge it's got zero ports and zero ports is one too few!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff3DMN View Post
    I've bought several MacBook Pros (for use around home and at work) and several Macbook Airs (for use around home and when travelling) but I won't be buying this new 12 inch MacBook Air because when it's on charge it's got zero ports and zero ports is one too few!
    I'd be pretty confident that through the use of a USB Type C hub of some sort you'd be able to charge and use other devices at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff3DMN View Post
    I've bought several MacBook Pros (for use around home and at work) and several Macbook Airs (for use around home and when travelling) but I won't be buying this new 12 inch MacBook Air because when it's on charge it's got zero ports and zero ports is one too few!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadKiwi View Post
    I'd be pretty confident that through the use of a USB Type C hub of some sort you'd be able to charge and use other devices at the same time.
    Thats not the point though... you buy a laptop because its all in one. Not to take stupid adaptors around with you.

    Obviously the machine is not made for people like me... :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbeardy View Post
    I don't see how that allows me to charge the new MacBook air while using a device at the same time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff3DMN View Post
    I don't see how that allows me to charge the new MacBook air while using a device at the same time?
    Because this macbook will charge via USB type C. Adding the adapter will give you a port for charging and for video (HDMI) and another device (USB 3).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff3DMN View Post
    I don't see how that allows me to charge the new MacBook air while using a device at the same time?
    The USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter lets you connect your MacBook with USB-C port to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.

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    Is no one else bothered by the lack of MagSafe? Its saved my Macbook more time than I can count. Given how light this new Macbook is I can see a lot of accidents
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbeardy View Post
    The USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter lets you connect your MacBook with USB-C port to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.
    Ahhh so I can connect my 4G dongle to the USB3 port and the USB-C charge cable to the USB-C port is what you're saying?
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    See Geoff, and then your MacBook is so thin you won't be able to see it behind all those extra cables and the adapter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldmacs View Post
    Is no one else bothered by the lack of MagSafe? Its saved my Macbook more time than I can count. Given how light this new Macbook is I can see a lot of accidents
    Nope, you are looking at something with 9-10 hours of battery life. It is not as though it is going to be plugged into power all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff3DMN View Post
    Ahhh so I can connect my 4G dongle to the USB3 port and the USB-C charge cable to the USB-C port is what you're saying?
    Yep, that's exactly what the adapter does.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbeardy View Post
    Nope, you are looking at something with 9-10 hours of battery life. It is not as though it is going to be plugged into power all day.
    Actually that's pretty much how I use my MacBook Air now, plugged in 24/7.

    The only times they're unplugged are when I go out (or away from the hotel room if I'm away for work).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbeardy View Post
    Nope, you are looking at something with 9-10 hours of battery life. It is not as though it is going to be plugged into power all day.
    Its still got to charge at some stage. And Sometimes you don't want to run the battery down quick doing intensive tasks - or you want to preserve battery life... My Macbook gets around 7 hours of battery life, and I have mine plugged in fairly regularly. I ruined an iBook charger (and dented the laptop itself) tripping over the charger cable not too long ago.

    Lack of Magsafe is just such a backwards idea.
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    I see the 12" Retina MacBook cannibalising the MacBook Air range. Which of the Air models will persist? I also see it cannibalising sales of the proposed 12" iPad which has been sent to the delayed-and-perhaps-never-to-appear box.

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    Hmmm.... don't like the loss of magsafe. 2 USB ports are necessary as I use external drives for lots of stuff, including my phone and ipad backups. I wonder what my workplace will think of this - we roll out 400 new macbooks every year. Currently we're using the 13 inch macbook air.
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    External drives have never really been an issue for me because I either dump stuff to the NAS at work or the NAS at home or to Dropbox.
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    I guess it sounds like Apple don't really care.
    It's all about lightness and thin.
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