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New 2015 MacBook Review – Information, Pricing & more

Earlier on in the year Apple revealed an all new Mac notebook by the name of the ‘New MacBook‘ which joins the popular MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebook they’ve had for several years.

For a quick rundown the new Macbook is Apple’s thinnest and lightest Mac weighing at just 920g and coming in at 13.1mm thin. Display wise it comes with a new 12-inch Retina Display which makes text and photos as sharp as what they appear on your new iPhone making it a great portable notebook.

I’ve finally had the chance to get hold of the new MacBook, here are my thoughts:

Quality & Design

Right away you’ll notice the quality it’s what Apple spends a lot of time in making sure it’s done right.

Apple have made the new MacBook from one piece of aluminium (not plastic like most other notebooks) even while picking it up or carrying it around feels solid but as mentioned light. There’s no twisting or bending.

It’s extremely thin too it’ll easily make an awesome notebook for University or School its down to 13.1mm thin (and that’s when it’s closed).

Apple has cut a lot of ports out however, you’ll find only two ports on this Mac one being the new ‘USB-C’ which is for charging and for video out, data (such as portable hard drives etc) and the other a audio jack for headphones etc.

This will make things seem a little odd at first but in reality Apple have designed this notebook for where technology is heading – Wireless. I see it a little like iPhone and iPad … they don’t have USB ports and other ports they’re simply wireless. Much the same applies to this new MacBook.

While using the new MacBook I personally had no issue with this, my camera is my iPhone 6 Plus and every photo is automatically transferred over to the Mac with their new ‘Photos’ app (Most new cameras these days even include built-in Wi-Fi). I send files through email or use DropBox through the internet and for my TV I simply ‘AirPlay’ videos from iTunes through to my Apple TV.

Apple have made the option to purchase adapters for the New MacBook if you need them including USB – USB-C, HDMI – USB-C etc.

Software & Apps

The great thing about Apple is not only do they create and design the notebook they also create and design the software and apps that run and come included with every Mac. In my opinion this is where Mac become well worth their cost.

Apps included

Apps included

With your purchase you’ll not only get the Mac itself you’ll also the latest copy of OS X (What Windows is for a PC) and a range of free apps including Office processing apps and creation apps. You won’t get viruses and you won’t get any annoying apps with ads or pop-ups that’s commonly installed on most PCs.

Enjoy no viruses or spyware, Word processing & creation apps free with your new Mac.

Battery Life

This is one of the most critical for a notebook which is no doubt going to be used while away from the home or office. If you’re also using this for University you’ll want it to last as long as possible.

Apple promise ‘all day battery’ by that they mean about 10-12 hours and I can say in my experience that statement is true. It does depend on what you’re using it for however and how much processing the Macbook needs to do.

  • Word processing/Internet: 10 hours
  • Video Playback (iTunes): 11 hours
  • Gaming: 5 hours

Difference to MacBook Pro/Air

A common question is how is this Mac different to the other Mac notebooks Apple sell – The MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, so I thought I’d highlight this in my review.

New MacBook vs MacBook Pro/Air

New MacBook vs MacBook Pro/Air

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Apple revealed the MacBook Air a number of years ago, it’s also thin and fairly light but there are some differences:

  • New MacBook has a better display (MacBook Air does not have a Retina Display).
  • Lighter and thinner.
  • Bigger storage.
  • Three colours (MacBook Air only available in Silver).

MacBook Air however does have more USB ports and as a 13-inch option.

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The MacBook Pro is for sure Apple’s most powerful Notebook computer and is faster than the new MacBook. However while it is a great Mac it may or may not be better than the new MacBook for you:

  • New MacBook is lighter and thinner than the MacBook Pro.
  • Three colours (MacBook Air only available in Silver).

MacBook Pro however is faster, has 13-inch and 15-inch options and has models with dedicated graphics cards making it a better option for those who rely heavily on Video editing, CAD/Engineering and gaming.

It’s also heavier than the new MacBook making it not quite as easily portable.

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Models & Pricing

If you’re looking to buy one of these new MacBooks you only have two decisions to make: Which colour and which storage size you like.

All models are available in 3 colours: Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

Colour Options: Space Grey, Gold & Silver

Colour Options: Space Grey, Gold & Silver

The New MacBook is the only Mac which these colour options, the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are stuck with silver only.

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  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
  • 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz
  • 8GB memory
  • Intel HD Graphics 5300
Priced at: A$1,799.00
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  • 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
  • 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz
  • 8GB memory
  • Intel HD Graphics 5300
Priced at: A$2,199.00
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So which one to buy? Most of us will be perfectly fine with the entry level with 256 GB storage, if you’re someone who does professional photography, huge amounts of video editing I’d suggest looking into the 512 GB.

The New MacBook Is available from the Apple Online Store with free delivery to your door.

Save $70

If you’re an University student or Teacher you’ll have access to Apple’s Educational Discount giving you A$70 off the RRP.

Simply visit the Apple Education Online Store however keep in mind pricing shown already include the discount.

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