Apple will be releasing their new 12-inch Retina MacBook on the 10th of April, but a popular Vietnamese blogger got his hands on the device earlier. It doesn’t seem to be a shipping model, and we can only presume that it’s available only for reviewers, tech journalists – it doesn’t even boot OS X.
Tinthte also did an unboxing video, but since last night, it has gone private. I will update the article as soon as it comes back on-line, so be sure to check back with us in a couple of hours, or days.
Apple announced the device last month, and it will hit Apple stores the same day as their wearable tech. Now you have 2 reasons to visit their store, and see what you can come home with.
Their brand new ultra-thin MacBook is the thinnest laptop that Apple has produced – sporting a 2304×1440 resolution, with a new engineered keyboard that spans on the entirety of the device.
Two versions will be available for purchase:
- A 1.1GHz version with 256GB storage that will most likely sell for $1,299
- A 1.2GHz version with 512GB storage that will make you reach down your pockets for about $1,599
A 1.3Ghz version has been also announced, but the price remains a secret.
The CPU is a low-power Intel Core M processor, and users can turbo-charge it up to 2.9GHz in the 1.3GHz model. It comes with an Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU that will make gamers happy – that is, if developers plan on releasing more games for the Mac.
Apple has stated that the battery life will be between 9-10 hours – it depends based on if you just surf the web, watch videos, or have a craving for video games. The company has also stated the their new device can also ” operate in silence”.
With a 13.1mm thick device, Apple wants to be known as creators of the thinnest laptops – it’s also 24% thinner that it’s 11-inch predecessor – weighing at about 2 pounds ( that is 0,9 kg).
Besides being available in its traditional silver colour, the Retina MacBook will also be offered in gold and space gray colours. Yup, gold. I don’t know why anyone would want something gold covered, or tinting the nuance of gold – it just seems tacky and cheap.
Benchmark statistics have been made available by Primate Labs’ Geekbench test suite, and Apple’s base model stands out at a score of 1,924 points for the single core operations, and 4,038 points for multi-core operations – it occupies the position just below their 2011 model.
Will you be exchanging your old 2011 model for the new one? Tell us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to keep checking the article for an updated unboxing video.
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