At the March Apple announcement, Apple has shown a new laptop with a new type of USB connector. What is this, how is it different, and what does it mean for computing?
This morning during Apple’s “Spring Forward” event, Apple announced details of its Watch, and as we suspected, a laptop, too. Not just one, mind you, but several.
We saw the MacBook Air get refreshed to Intel’s fifth-generation of chips, and we saw the same treatment applied to the MacBook Pro with Retina, so yay there.
A third laptop was also announced, and it was one that we said could make an appearance at the event: a new style of ultra-thin Apple laptop that would be thinner than the Air and feature a Retina display and a thinner USB plug.
And lo and behold, Apple did just that.
No Air, no Pro, no extra thickness or weight or nothing. Just “MacBook”, like the old machines were one called.
Yes, the original “MacBook” name once reserved for Apple’s entry-level computer has returned, and this time it’s made for people keen to spend on something new and different, with a machine that is lighter and thinner than the Air, and even comes in colours that matches the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Gold. Silver. Space grey. Ooo.
Inside is a new keyboard mechanism, a new high resolution “Retina” display, and a battery capable of delivering up to 10 hours of movie playback.
But as cool as this is, we’re more intrigued by the inclusion of a new style of port, or rather, as many will see it, the exclusion of the ports people expect, with USB, HDMI, Thunderbolt, and Mini DisplayPort missing in action.
You see in this machine, Apple has included two ports and only two ports: the 3.5mm headset jack we all can’t live without — you know, for headphones and speakers — and a new flatter Type-C USB connection.