New 12" MacBook, MacBook Airs, and MacBook Pros

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Post 10 Mar 2015

New 12" MacBook
http://www.apple.com/macbook/

MacBook Air
http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/macbook-air
Now available with 1.6 GHz i5 or 2.2 GHz i7

MacBook Pro
http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/macbook-pro
Now available with 2.7 or 2.9 GHz i5
or 3.1 GHz i7 (13")

Their MacBook line is a bit confusing. Why the rebranding with just 'MacBook' for a notebook thinner that the MacBook Air? Is it because the performance is lower that they just want to differentiate somehow? Seems silly.

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Post 10 Mar 2015

joeyluck wrote:New 12" MacBook
Their MacBook line is a bit confusing. Why the rebranding with just 'MacBook' for a notebook thinner that the MacBook Air? Is it because the performance is lower that they just want to differentiate somehow? Seems silly.
It's because the new thin Macbook is an entirely different product than the others. 

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Post 11 Mar 2015

joeyluck wrote: Their MacBook line is a bit confusing. Why the rebranding with just 'MacBook' for a notebook thinner that the MacBook Air? Is it because the performance is lower that they just want to differentiate somehow? Seems silly.
It's thinner then Air so no name for it. I wouldn't mind having one to use around the house. 

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Post 11 Mar 2015

It is a bit confusing, because the old MacBook line (retired in 2010) served the same role that the MacBook Air line does now (cheapest line).

And the new MacBook is now the high-end ultra portable that the MacBook Air was when it was first introduced.
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Post 11 Mar 2015

I guess the Air will be phased out at some point, being the "first step" into "ultra thin". If they had said "MacBook Air is now called MacBook and the new MacBook is called the MacBook Air" would that have been less confusing? ;) So at some point we'll have the super thin MacBook and the slightly thicker MacBook Pro (which hopefully still has a thunderbolt connector til then :sneaky: ).

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Post 11 Mar 2015

ONE PORT?!?!?!?!!? HAHHAHAAHAHAHAHA! no thanx

Add to the iPrice for only $500+ extra, worth in accessories, you'll have yourself a whole computer! LOL
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Post 11 Mar 2015

Last Alternative wrote:ONE PORT?!?!?!?!!? HAHHAHAAHAHAHAHA! no thanx

Add to the iPrice for only $500+ extra, worth in accessories, you'll have yourself a whole computer! LOL
Yes, but what a port - though this would not make a great music machine IMO for other reasons (nor is it designed for those applications/users AFAICT).

BTW, where does you $500 price come from?

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Post 11 Mar 2015

One port that you will need an adapter to use anything with.  I mean there is NOTHING that uses USB C ports, so good luck even plugging in a flash drive.  The CPU is a joke.  Good luck running any remotely complex Reason song.  You'll be lucky to run excel and a web browser.

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Post 11 Mar 2015

Concep wrote:One port that you will need an adapter to use anything with.  I mean there is NOTHING that uses USB C ports, so good luck even plugging in a flash drive.  The CPU is a joke.  Good luck running any remotely complex Reason song.  You'll be lucky to run excel and a web browser.


Nothing used USB ports at one point in time, so I wouldn't count that. There are adapters available (so there IS something that uses USB-C ports!). 

But you are exactly correct - this is NOT a power user's machine! Not sure why anyone would think otherwise…


[BTW, the new ChromeBook Pixel uses USB-C, so it's not quite true that "nothing" uses this port…]
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Post 11 Mar 2015

Yeah, I don't think anybody would be looking to run Reason on the 12" MacBook...

They might try if it's an extra computer they have.

I'm mostly excited about the 2.2 GHz i7 MacBook Airs!

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Post 11 Mar 2015

Pepin wrote:It is a bit confusing, because the old MacBook line (retired in 2010) served the same role that the MacBook Air line does now (cheapest line).
Exactly. It's a brand they have used before. Makes it confusing.

There's the clunky, thicker, somewhat customizeable MacBook Pro still available...
Dunno why this 12" couldn't be another part of the MacBook Air line.
It's more 'air' in terms of thickness and performance than the actual Airs! Lol


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Post 11 Mar 2015

normen wrote:If they had said "MacBook Air is now called MacBook and the new MacBook is called the MacBook Air" would that have been less confusing? ;)
Yes!  But I also don't think it needs to be it's own line.
Unless the other MacBook Airs get retina upgrades at some point, it could have simply been the MacBook Air Retina, or the 12" MacBook Air.

Or it could have been given it's own suffix.
Like MacBook Mobile (since it uses Core M).

It is what it is I guess. 



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Post 11 Mar 2015

It's for writing memos, surfing the web and checking emails. That's about it. You can do that on a FAR cheaper machine. Or get a good one that does all that and more. Waste of money if you ask me.
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Post 12 Mar 2015

Concep wrote:One port that you will need an adapter to use anything with.  I mean there is NOTHING that uses USB C ports, so good luck even plugging in a flash drive. 
Patience...
http://www.macrumors.com/2015/03/11/bel ... -c-cables/

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/03/10/lac ... e-macbook/

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2478157,00.asp



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Post 12 Mar 2015

A quad core is $1999.

Let me think about that for a moment.  A quad core laptop for $1999.  It's ridiculous.

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