The newest member of the Mac family sports a 12-inch Retina display with a pixel density of 226ppi – almost identical to the MacBook Pro. It’s available in the same silver colour as other MacBooks, as well as Gold and Space Grey variants.
Only this and the 13-inch MacBook Pro feature a Force Touch trackpad, which detects and responds differently to levels of pressure. The backlit keys are larger than on other Macs, and run almost from edge to edge.
The MacBook is powered by Intel’s new Core M processors (up to 1.3GHz), which are designed to stay cool without needing a fan, making this the quietest portable Mac. All models come with 8GB of RAM – double the amount that’s standard on the MacBook Air – but can’t be upgraded any further than that. They also include fast flash storage that starts at a comfortable capacity of 256GB, rising to 512GB in the more expensive version. The 1.3GHz processor upgrade is available on both models for between £120 and £200.