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Our goal with MacBook was to do the impossible: engineer a full‑size experience into the thinnest, lightest Mac notebook yet. And not only is it compact — it’s more powerful than ever. The new MacBook delivers up to 20 percent faster performance with new seventh‑generation Intel Core m3 or i5 processors, and up to 50 percent faster SSD storage.
We Squeezed the Most Into It. And Out Of It.
Each component inside MacBook has been meticulously designed to get the most out of an incredibly thin and light enclosure. We chose powerful yet highly efficient processors, and optimized macOS to draw on the processor using as little power as possible. Because no fan is needed to cool the computer, it has more room for battery cells to support you on the go, all day long.
Inside this MacBook you’ll find a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 processor with 14-nanometer process technology. This lets MacBook expertly combine energy efficiency with the performance needed to take on all sorts of tasks.
MacBook was built for virtually silent performance. Its processor runs on just 5 watts of power, which generates less heat and eliminates the need for a fan to cool the computer. Instead, the logic board is seated on an anisotropic graphite sheet that helps disperse any heat. So you won’t hear a thing while your MacBook is hard at work.
Storage and Memory
Though its components are tiny, MacBook has an impressive capacity to store the files and run the applications you need every day. With 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory and 512GB of SSD storage, you get an amazingly thin and light notebook with snappy performance.
To achieve all-day battery life, we needed to use every millimeter of space inside MacBook. So we created an innovative terraced battery cell, custom shaped to fit the specific contours of the enclosure. The result is 35 percent more battery cell capacity than would have been possible before.
A Retina Display that takes Everything to the Edge
The stunning 12-inch Retina display on MacBook is truly something to behold. With over 3 million pixels (2304 x 1440 resolution) and edge-to-edge glass, every image leaps off the screen in rich, vibrant detail. All on an amazingly thin Retina display.
A Keyboard Refined for an Even Better Hands-On Experience
We believe that a comfortable, full-size keyboard is an essential part of any notebook. To fit one into MacBook, we designed a keyboard from the ground up — including each key and its underlying mechanism. This makes the whole keyboard not only much thinner, but also more comfortable and precise, so your fingers feel right at home. Now, with our second-generation butterfly mechanism, the keyboard experience is refined for greater comfort and responsiveness. So when your finger strikes a key, it goes down and bounces back with a crisp motion that you’ll appreciate the moment you start typing.
The Force Touch Trackpad. Press a Little Deeper, Do a Lot More
The pressure-sensing capabilities of the Force Touch trackpad allow you to tell your MacBook what you want it to do based on subtle differences in pressure. Click anywhere to perform a variety of actions in different apps, all on the same surface, without lifting a finger. And the Taptic Engine provides haptic feedback that adds a sense of touch to what you see on the screen. Multi-Touch gestures make it easy and intuitive to interact with your MacBook. Scroll in any direction, swipe through web pages, pinch, rotate, or Force click to unlock other useful capabilities.
The USB-C port puts everything you need in a port all in one place. It provides charging, speedy USB data transfer (up to 5Gb/s), and video output in a reversible design that’s one-third the size of a USB 3 port, giving you the flexibility to easily connect your favorite devices.
Fully Equipped for a Wireless World
MacBook takes full advantage of the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technologies — and with innovative Apple software and services that let you get the most out of them, you can wirelessly connect to the web, transfer files, organize your photos, listen to music, and more.
macOS is the operating system that powers everything you do on a Mac. macOS Sierra introduces Siri to Mac — along with more ways to enjoy your photos, shop securely online, and work seamlessly between devices.
Now equipped with seventh-generation Intel Core processors, MacBook is snappier than ever. From daily tasks like launching apps and opening files to more advanced computing, you can power through your day thanks to faster SSDs and Turbo Boost processing.
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Date First Available
June 5, 2017
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I really wanted to get this MacBook when it was first announced, because I travel a lot and appreciate the smallest package I can find. But, having regretted getting the first gen MacBook Air, I decided to wait. I was concerned about two things: the relatively slow core m processor, and the lack of ports.
Before you complain that a lack of ports on a very portable machine shouldn't be a problem, I agree, and it wouldn't be except for one thing: Apple's SuperDrive, which is one of the better outboard optical drives in build quality and performance, hogs USB ports. That is, it won't work through any vendor's USB hub. It only works when plugged directly into a USB-A port on the computer, or when plugged into the single USB-A port on any of the adapters that Apple sells for MacBooks with USB-C ports. It has nothing to do with power (though it does require more power than many hubs supply); it's actually a restriction that Apple support has confirmed to me.
So if you like your SuperDrive and want to plug it into your MacBook, no other USB device can be plugged in at the same time. This is a fairly serious restriction. At least the recent MacBook Pro has two USB-C ports, but the 12" MacBook still only has one. And it's not even a Thunderbolt port, so say goodbye all of your Thunderbolt and Firewire peripherals, no way to use them with this computer (which has always been the case with the 12" MacBook). BTW, other optical drives work fine on a USB hub, so the port-hogging nature of the SuperDrive shouldn't be a deal-breaker for anyone.
Other than that annoyance, I ordered the BTO/CTO version of this MacBook directly from Apple with 16GB memory and the core i7 processor to upgrade from my mid-2014 MacBook Pro with a core i7. I'm very pleased to say that the performance of this new computer is very snappy - I haven't been able to notice any difference between this and the MacBook Pro. I'll be running some performance tests with Xbench and will report back if/when I have a chance, but if you were waiting until a fast enough MacBook 12-inch notebook showed up, this is the one (provided you shell out the extra cash for the core i7). Oh, and don't forget to order that $69 USB-C AV Multiport Adapter.
Update 2017-07-05 (see new update - "glitch" caused by sleeve!):
Beware hardware glitches!
After using this for a few weeks, I've discovered a couple of annoying features, one of which might cause me to remove another star, but I'm not ready to do that just yet. The first thing is that this new MacBook, like the latest MacBook Pro models, no longer has the famous Apple "loud zen" chime on startup. It's totally silent. This is because it boots (or wakes) automatically when you open the lid, so, for whatever reason, Apple considered that there was no point in having the startup chime. This is mostly not a problem unless, for example, you're trying to reset PRAM (now called NVRAM), where you'd like to hear a chime or two before releasing the magic keys. But the second thing is much more serious, which is that on my unit, the internal switch that detects that the lid has been opened (to boot or wake it) is faulty, and doesn't always work. You can open and close the lid all you want and press the power button 'til the cows come home, but it's not going to work. I found that if I tap it just right, it will free up the switch and work fine. I'm currently traveling and brought it to a Genius Bar and they couldn't find any fix, even after completely reinstalling Mac OS. When I get home, I'm going to open another problem case and ask to have it replaced. I'll report back here if there's anything noteworthy to report on.
After a lot of testing, I finally determined that the "flakey lid switch" was being caused by the protective sleeve that I use when traveling: Incase ICON Sleeve with TENSAERLITE for 12" MacBook - Heather Gray/Black - CL60649. This sleeve has a magnetic closure that somehow causes the magnetic reed switch in the lid and base to stick in the "closed" position. If you tap the MacBook just right, it will free up. As long as I don't put it in the sleeve, it always works fine. I need to do more testing to see if the direction that I insert the MacBook in the sleeve will have any effect, but reed switches are like this, and it's not a defect in the MacBook.
Even though there doesn't seem to be any problem, I still feel that this computer really needs more expansion capability and a Thunderbolt 3 port would've been a much better choice than simply a USB 3.0 type-C port. So I'm not going to give it five stars, yet. Maybe, as components get smaller, a future MacBook will have that, at which point this will be a near-perfect product.
I bought this for my wife for her birthday to replace her old, clunky laptop. It's amazing how thin and light it is--perfect for her to tote back and forth to her office. It's just as fast, if not faster than my 2013 MBP, with twice as much RAM and SSD space as that machine. I'm more the power user in the family, but honestly, this machine would work for me too. I'd read that the CPU on the 1st gen 12" MBs were a bit laggy, but that's not the case at all on this 2nd gen model! Very pleased.
Somehow, I prefer the 2017 Macbook 12" i5 to my previous 2016 MacBook Pro Retina Touchbar i5. My Pro seems to not be as "snappy" in day to day usage, especially when streaming 4k video and even office tasks. The battery life is really impressive on the 12"er and I finally "get it". I didn't understand where this MacBook had a place between the Air and the Pro line, but now it makes sense. It truly is the replacement for the Air line, and with this screen, these speakers (Incredible, maybe best I've ever heard on a laptop), this performance, and this battery life its possibly the most well balanced laptop Ive ever owned. And I've probably owned 50. 2lbs, crazy light and enough horsepower for 90% of users. Expensive, but the best build quality and experience in my opinion in the market. Well done Apple. You converted a longtime PC Fanboy.