The new MacBook Air is the thinnest and lightest Apple have ever made
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Apple's highly anticipated release of the Apple Watch for early 2015 isn't the only big news coming from the Apple gadget camp this year. The release of the new MacBook Air is also something to look forward to. It will be the first new laptop that Apple are bringing to market since the Retina MacBook Pro launched in 2012 and by all accounts it is almost unrecognisable from its predecessor.
The new and even thinner 12 inch MacBook Air has been considerably adapted from the current 13 inch and 11 inch versions. With a radically new design that (characteristically for Apple) chooses to reject standards such as full-sized USB ports, magsafe connectors, and SD card slots in order to achieve the thinnest and lightest body with a higher-resolution display.
Users who rely on multiple ports may find the upcoming MacBook Air an inconvenience as it has the fewest amount of ports ever on an Apple computer. On the right side is a standard headphone jack and dual-microphones for input and noise-canceling. On the left side is solely the new USB Type-C port. A new USB designed by Apple, which will not be compatible with the standard ports found on all other Apple and PC machines. Even the thunderbolt and magsafe charging standards on this new notebook have been discarded to save space.
Other measures have been adopted to the new design to ensure no space is wasted. The most notable of which is the new keyboard, which sits edge to edge across the width of the laptop and subtly places the keys closer together, a design inspired by the12-inch PowerBook introduced by Steve Jobs over a decade ago. The new keyboard sits edge-to-edge across the width of the laptop. Apple has squeezed the keys closer in order for the computer to be as narrow as possible, which can be seen in the artist renditions of the design.
Apple are still testing this prototype and it is possible that further alterations will be made before we see the final product on shelves. True to form, Apple will keep us guessing right up to the last minute but one thing is for sure, this is likely to be the most portable MacBook ever, insiders at Apple have reportedly dubbed it 'MacBook Stealth'...