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article image2015 MacBook set to hit stores May 25

By Jenna Cyprus     May 14, 2015 in Technology
Apple announced their latest version of the MacBook in late February, released it for sale online in late April, and it’s now set to hit stores later this month, May 25 to be exact.
The new MacBook has all the same features as before, but now with a compact, sleek design users are loving. So what do they love about the newest MacBook?
Simplified Name
To begin with, Apple has decided that it will no longer be called the MacBook Pro. Now it is simply the MacBook. Perhaps this is a sign that they are trying to get away from the many different models of MacBook and put all of their efforts into perfecting one model. It makes sense when you think about how much effort they’ve put into improving some of our favorite features.
Sleek Design
Perhaps the most appealing change is the new and improved design that makes the MacBook easier to use and carry than ever before. The outside cover is 13 inches form corner to corner, and the display 12 inches, just like previous editions, but the new and improved screen shows a 2304 x 1440 resolution.
It also only weighs 2 pounds and is 13.1 mm thin at the thickest points, which is 24% lighter and thinner than even the 11-inch MacBook Air. Previous versions of the MacBook Pro are like heavy bricks compared to this version.
You also now have your choice of colors. Though the silver design seems to be the overall favorite, you can also get the new MacBook in gold or space gray.
Power Upgrade
This is the first MacBook ever to arrive sans fan, making it the quietest MacBook yet. This is thanks to the new power upgrade in the form of the Intel Core M processor that only uses 5 watts of power, so you can avoid overheating problems and extended battery life. The Apple website shows that this device offers up to nine hours of web browsing battery and up to 10 hours of video playback.
Pressurized Trackpad
Another improved feature is the trackpad, which is pressurized for an easier browsing experience. In the past, the trackpad only allowed you to click at the front of the pad, but now you can click anywhere on the square. There are no dead zones for this track pad.
It also registers how hard you click too, which tells it what you want to do. A quick, light tap will register as a single click, and a longer, harder tap will function as a double click, allowing you access to folders and such. This new feature may take a little getting used to, but it is certainly an improvement.
Illuminated Keyboard
The keyboard has also received a facelift. The keys are more shallow than their predecessors and there are less spaces surrounding each keycap, since the keycaps are nearly 20 percent larger. Furthermore, the lighting behind each key is better now that there is a tiny LED light behind each keycap. Overall, the keyboard has a new, streamlined design and many report it’s easier to use.
The price for the basic model begins at $1,299, and is set to hit stores at the end of the month.
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