Apple’s new 12" MacBook shown off, compared to 11" MacBook Air in 15-minute … – Apple Insider
Ahead of the 12-inch MacBook’s expected release later this month, a Ukrainian electronics reseller got its hands on the device to produce a fairly detailed video looking at hardware, performance and design.
In its overview, website Rozetka compares Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with what appears to be a 2013 11-inch MacBook Air, pointing out design differences and highlighting new features like butterfly switch keys and the Force Touch trackpad.
Created as a sales pitch, today’s video offers little in the way of hardcore testing. The website did, however, run both Geekbench and Unigine benchmark tests, with the new 12-inch model coming in slightly behind the nearly two-year-old MacBook Air. Despite a lower score, the MacBook seemed to handle day-to-day tasks just as well as the older Air, the website said.
In another comparison showing off device thinness, the new MacBook matches up favorably against a first-generation iPad. At its thickest point, the laptop is still slimmer than Apple’s original tablet.
The video also demonstrates differences between multitouch and Force Touch trackpads, and old scissor type keyboard keys versus new butterfly switch versions. Keys on Apple’s MacBook were designed to be both easier to depress and more resistant to unwanted deflection when pressed at their periphery.
Connectivity is also mentioned as the video gives a look at the new MacBook’s USB 3.1 Type-C connector and plug, which replaces discrete MagSafe power, USB and Thunderbolt connections.
Apple’s all new 12-inch MacBook will be offered in silver, space gray and gold when it goes on sale on April 10 for a base price of $1,299.