The future, with its 12 inch super glossy Retina Display and Ultra portability. The new Apple MacBook promises users the chance to live the future of computing, not tomorrow, but today, but by stripping out all the standard ports. Has the company refined this particular Macbook so much that its become unusable? It might be super slim and good looking, but thats not going to suit all when it comes to plugging the kit in weve, been using the new 12 inch MacBook, The Bling Gold version. No less to find out whether you really can live with a laptop without ports. The 12 inch MacBook is all about portability. Apple has focused on creating a laptop, so thin, so sleek and so light that everything else has been pushed by the wayside. For some. That will be too much with the lack of ports too, futuristic to make it a plausible consideration. We suspect we wont be saying that three years from now, though, when all laptops will be like this, however, if youre already a cloud focused user who never plugs anything and then the Macbook will be an ideal and attractive laptop proposition, albeit an expensive one. But if you still demand ethernet full size, USB HDMI or SD card slots, then well, it goes without saying. The MacBook is unlikely to suit, unless you consider it from another angle as an iPad Pro complete with keyboard and trackpad. The MacBook is more powerful than the iPad, of course, but the lack of ports in that context is less relevant.

Whatever your stance, embracing the future ahead of the curve does mean youll have to wait for everyone else to catch up which at times might mean youll end up getting caught out. We havent been brave enough to go out without the USB dongle, also in the bag. For example, the future is exciting, but now without its flaws and theres, no doubt about it, the 12 inch MacBook is the future of laptops. The question right now, however, is whether were ready for that just yet. The first thing, youll notice about the 12 inch MacBook, is just how small and thin it is. The front panel is smaller than a sheet of A4 paper measuring 280.5 millimeters 196.5 millimeters, while the tapered design means a maximum thickness of 13.1 millimeters dipping to just 3.5 millimeters at the very front that makes the new Macbook only slightly thicker than an iPad Air 2. But this one comes with a much larger screen, a keyboard, a trackpad and much more powerful inerts. It is also smaller than the 11 inch MacBook Air, despite the larger screen size by definition. The second thing, youll notice, is how light it is at just 920 grams, throwing it in a bag isnt going to be a chore, its well balanced in terms of weight, distribution too, with the lid easily pulled open and, unlike many conventional laptops, the base stays fixed To the spot, thats a pretty tough trick to pull off, thankfully, the small, thin and light design does not make it impractical to use.

We had no issues using the MacBook on the train, both on our lap or the small pull down trays on the back of seats. The size makes a lot of sense, plaid and aluminum. You get the choice of the traditional Silver space gray or if you are feeling extra special, both the thin design means the glowing backlit Apple logo on the lid has been replaced with a mirrored logo identical to that found on the iPad. Instead, talk about iPad Pro youve got over the size, youve got over the weight, and then it hits you. There are no ports. Well, not the ones you are used to seeing. There are just two found in the new Macbook, a 3.5 millimeters headphones Jack on the right and a USBC socket on the left. One handles music, the other is for power. So how are you supposed to connect stuff? Well, for the majority of the time you arent its a bold move from Apple. This is the Cupertino company telling us that you dont need full size, USB sockets, ethernet and SD card slot, firewire or well anything. But there was a time when laptops all had optical drives. The MacBook takes that Evolution and runs with it. For some users that will be fine iPad users. Dont complain about the lack of ports. Microsd excluded were sourcing. Everything from the cloud is the norm, but right now not everyone works that way. What with USB sticks, SD cards from cameras and so forth in Apples world? Everything is now Wireless right down to downloading the latest operating system connections like 802.

11 acwi and Bluetooth, mean everything is accessed from the web or through the cloud and really what do you need to connect anything for anyway? Buying the new Macbook means you are ready to embrace the Carefree Wireless World of the future. If that all sounds a little Brave, then there are adapters. There are official, USB 3.1 and HDMI or VGA options, but these cost 65 pounds and arent in keeping with the attractive design a cheaper USBC to standard USB is available for 15 pounds. But that means swapping between the power, cable and USB third party devices can be picked up for ethernet and other connections, but without one master adapter to cater for all through the single USBC Port. So, if youre looking for the traditional laptop experience with lots of peripherals plugged into it, then the new Macbook simply wont be for you. Despite no standard sockets on the MacBook, it does squeeze a full size keyboard into the design. However, the keys dont feel how they normally would to make the device, so thin Apple had to change the mechanism under the individual keys as the standard traditional method was too cumbersome for the design. The result now referred to as a butterfly mechanism is a much puncher stiffer keyboard that doesnt have the same level of individual key travel as previous MacBook outings. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but once you do, youll think all other keyboards are decidedly soft and cushioned moving on to the trackpad on the surface.

It looks the same as any other, but this one uses what Apple calls Force touch rather than physically move. In the same way, a traditional trackpad to presses Apple has used haptic Motors or haptic technology, as the company likes to call it to vibrate the trackpad. When you press it rather than the trackpad moving at all, it means that no matter where you press on the trackpad, your touch is registered even more surreal is that when you press physically harder theres, a second layer of response for additional control possibilities called Force. Click for this deeper press youll swear that not only is the trackpad moving, but that you are pressing it down into a second deeper level, but thats all in your head. It doesnt move at all. With this level of control, you get a much greater array of options for controlling things, pressing harder or softer effects, apps in different ways. Force touch, controls have already been baked into OS X, Yosemite, with perhaps the biggest noticeable change in mail now hard pressing. The trackpad, with the cursor over a contact, reveals that contacts details within the contacts app hard pressing on a URL or an attachment gives you a preview. While you can now use an iPad stylus to control your line, width and wait when marking up attachments or signing your name in preview, other apps benefit as well a hard press in Safari when browsing pops up a preview in the dictionary while in QuickTime, you can Fast forward, through your videos, faster by pressing harder Apple, has also confirmed that the mechanics behind the force touch trackpad will be available to app developers.

You can expect a plethora of new apps that will allow you to, for example, draw straight into an app using a finger or stylus, and because nothing physically moves that will be much easier, especially when it comes to selecting or clicking Apples. Trackpad has always been not only state of the art but industry, leading in terms of responsiveness and the force touch trackpad catapults its credentials further with Apples, retina designated display available on the iPhone iPad and MacBook Pro range. Its absence in the MacBook Air range has been something of an anomaly while the air misses out yet again the new Macbook doesnt, helping to make it stand out here, theres a 12 inch display that is as bright and colorful as it is crisp text and images. Look as sharp as they do on the iPad. Thanks to the 2 304 X 1000 440 resolution panel, any MacBook Air users will certainly notice the difference. Although we recommend opting to disregard the default display settings to gain more display space. If you arent used to working full screen for all your apps, the taller screen ratio is also far more useful in terms of space to use than the 11 inch MacBook Air. The new Macbook has powerful inerts, although its not MacBook Air or Pro powerful Apple, has made sure some of the shortcomings of the processor have been offset with fast SSD storage and 8 gigabytes of RAM as standard in most cases, given what the average non power Mac User will be expected to do with this laptop, whether on the go or from the sofa.

The Intel Core and processor at its heart will work through tasks quickly. In short, sharp bursts, thatll be enough for most from HD movie streaming to basic photo and video editing within Apples photos and in movie apps weve had no problems for the majority of users. The performance wont be an issue, but when you start to push consistent and persistent demands on the processor, you do start to notice a difference. This isnt a device for heavy duty, Graphics, work or gaming, but then you probably knew that already for our review device Apple sent us the 1.1 gigahertz dual core Intel Core and processor, with turbo boost speeds up to 2.4 gigahertz paired with Intel, HD, graphics, 5300 and Supported by a 256 gigabytes SSD, the top of the Range model complete with a 1.3 gigahertz 2.9 gigahertz boost dual core Intel Core and processor and 512 gigabytes. Ssd costs a considerable 1 434 pounds on the battery front. Depending on how you use it, youll easily get a days worth of battery when, on the go, weve been achieving upwards of nine hours per charge. Thats, probably because the new Macbook is made up of about 90 battery. However, compared to the MacBook Air, with its more capacious battery thats a little less longevity per charge, so thats something to keep in mind, nothing is ever perfect and overall, the MacBook still has things missing. Aside from the obvious ports conundrum, we are still surprised that Apple hasnt gone touchscreen with the display Steve Jobs might have said that touch screens on a laptop dont work.

But anyone whos used an iPad with the keyboard knows that isnt always the case. Looking to Windows and Microsoft has already proved theres a definite calling for it too. The other perplexing absence is Touch ID. The fingerprint scanning technology, which hasnt appeared on any Apple laptop to date. It has revolutionized the way we use the iPhone and iPad, and we feel that the same could and should be considered for laptop users, especially when it comes to login and security. That then display casing also means the front facing camera is only a 480p FaceTime camera with 848 x 480 pixel resolution thats just about passable for video conferencing, but is not great. We expect a better camera here. The future is exciting, but not without its flaws and theres. No doubt about it. The 12 inch MacBook is the future of laptops. Just were not in the future.