Apple Unveils Uber-thin MacBook, Ditches Every Connector Port

Apple introduced its new ultra-thin laptop on Monday during its "Spring forward" media event with a shopping list of new features, but only a single port for power and peripheral connections. The new laptop, dubbed MacBook, is thinner than the MacBook Air, sports a 12-inch Retina display, and weighs only two pounds.

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The new MacBook includes as 12.1-inch Retina display, a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, Intel HD Graphics 5300, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, a new Force Touch trackpad that's more responsive, and a redesigned key mechanism that offers more stable motion when typing. It uses wireless connections for networking and external displays, as well as its new USB C port for power and expansion—which means we'll soon see adapters for Thunderbolt, USB 3, mini Displayport, and more.

Apple said the new laptop offers full-day power, and includes a new layered battery construction method for a more efficient use of the interior of the laptop's body. MacBook draws only 5W of power, adding to its energy saving capabilities.

Pricing starts at US$1299. For $1599 you can get a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel M processor, Intel HD Graphics 5300, 8GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD. MacBook is a new addition to Apple's laptop line and doesn't replace MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

You can pick up the new MacBook in silver, gold, or space gray on April 10.

Apple's "Spring forward" event is still underway, so be sure to follow along with The Mac Observer's live coverage for all of today's news and surprises.