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12-inch Retina MacBook powered by 1.3GHz CPU will cost $1749
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12-inch Retina MacBook powered by 1.3GHz CPU will cost $1749

by AshwinApril 8, 2015

The 12-inch Retina MacBook with a 1.3GHz processor, is all set to be launched by Apple.

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The device will make its official debut in stores this Friday.

The machine was launched at the company’s Spring Forward event in March, and is available in four variants, which differ in storage and the CPU. (Refer to the price list below)

The price of the new MacBook has been revealed ahead of its launch, by one of its resellers. Expercom, a reseller, states that a basic 12-inch MacBook with a 1.1 GHz Intel Core M processor, can be upgraded to a 1.3GHz CPU, for an extra 250 bucks, which ups the price tag from $1299 to 41549. However the device’s 256GB storage or 8GB RAM cannot be upgraded further.

The $1599 MacBook which runs on a 1.2 GHz CPU and has 8GB RAM, 512GB storage, can also be upgraded to a 1.3 GHz chip for an additional $150, which would bring its price to $1749.

A re-cap of the 12-inch MacBook’s tech specs:

The MacBook sports a 12″ Retina Display which supports a max resolution of 2304×1440 pixels, at a pixel density of 226 PPI, and a 16:10 screen ratio. It runs on OS X Yosemite, and is powered by the latest Intel Core M dual-core (5Y31) processor with 8GB DDR3 RAM, while the graphics will be handled by an Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU.

Other important features of the machine includes a 480p Facetime Camera, a fully backlit keyboard, a Force Touch trackpad (with Taptic Engine). Stereo speakers and Dual microphones make up the device’s audio hardware. It has a single USB-C port which can be used for power, USB Data, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort. Apple has said that the device has a battery backup of approximately 9-10 hours.

Here is the price list of all the variants of the 12-inch Retina MacBook:

  •   1.1 GHz, 256 GB SSD  ($1299)
  •   1.3 GHz, 256 GB SSD ($1549)
  •   1.2 GHz, 512 GB SSD ($1599)
  •   1.3 GHz, 512 GB SSD ($1749)

The 12-inch Retina Macbook will go on sale on April 10th, at Apple Retail stores and on Apple’s website, and will be available in three colors: Silver, Gold and Space Gray.

The device has been criticized for including just a single USB-C port. A benchmark test of the device saw it scoring poorly, and showed that it was on a par with a 3 year old machine, the 2011 MacBook Air.

Sadly, this year seems to be troublesome for Apple, as yet another of the Cupertino company’s devices was said to under-perform. The device in question, is the 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro. We have seen reports of the device stuttering badly even while performing basic tasks on OS X Yosemite, and also not living up to the company’s promised battery life.

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