Every year, Apple tries to out-do itself with top of the line technology served with quality that few can ever turn down if price was no object. This year, the MacBook line is no different, and even the base model – the 2015 12-inch MacBook 8,1 – is a beast within, supposedly at par with the high-end MacBooks of 2011.
The 2011 i7 Macbook has been regarded as one of the most popular high-end Macbooks ever. For some, the i7 processor was an acceptable trade-off against the size and weight. But ever since the ultra-thin Macbooks debuted, people have been looking for a lighter alternative.
Enter the new ultra-thin 12 inch Macbook.
The new Macbook benchmarks are here, and according to Primate Labs’ Geekbench test suite, Apple’s base model 2015 12-inch MacBook, designated MacBook 8,1, achieved a single-core score of 1,924 points, while multi-core operations came in at 4,038 points. This performance notches just below a recently tested 2011 11-inch MacBook Air sporting an Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 1.80 GHz.
The new MacBook runs a power efficient dual-core Intel Core M processor clocked at 1.1 GHz. Requiring only 5 watts of power, Intel’s mobile-minded Broadwell architecture sips energy at the expense of performance. This is indeed an amazing feat of engineering.
Along with the 1.1 GHz chip, Apple is offering a 1.3 GHz version as a $300 add-on option. Not really worth the price in my opinion, because it’s a compromise between performance and battery time. And a 1.3 GHz chip would only be marginally better than a 1.1 GHz chip.
For an ultralight laptop fitted with a high-resolution Retina display, however, raw processing power is not necessarily as important as squeezing out acceptable battery life. Apple says the MacBook’s 39.7-watt-hour battery can handle up to nine hours of Web browsing activities or up to ten hours of movie playback.
The Apple’s 12-inch MacBook is expected to hit the store shelves on April 10. What are your opinions on this ultra-thin and ultra-fast lightweight Macbook? Would you be inclined to buy one? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!