Apple's 2015 Retina MacBook is similarly stuffed with innovations that no one particularly needs, very much like the 2008 MacBook Air that changed the world

Apple’s 2015 Retina MacBook is stuffed with innovations that no one particularly “needs.” Life repeats itself. When Steve Jobs showed the first MacBook Air to the world in 2008, it was underpowered, somewhat flimsy/felt cheap and lacked sufficient battery.

Shortcomings aside, however, the MacBook Air was packed with innovation, creating a whole new class of computer — the ultraportable. Like the MacBook Air of lore, the 2015 Retina MacBook will be a game changer and will (eventually) be a huge seller.

Again, however, like yesteryear’s MacBook Air, it is also seems to be seriously underpowered. No one has managed to benchmark one yet — ships April 10 — but AnandTech has benchmarked a Lenovo Yoga 3 convertible and it uses exactly the same Broadwell Core M as the 2015 Retina MacBook — the results are far from impressive.

Apple's 2015 Retina MacBook is similarly stuffed with innovations that no one particularly needs, very much like the 2008 MacBook Air that changed the world

Yes, that table does show a Lenovo Yoga 3, our stand in for the 2015 Retina MacBook, delivering about 10 percent less performance than last year’s 13-inch MacBook Air. Ouch…

Regardless, Apple’s newest Retina MacBook has other attractions — ie improved keyboard, trackpad, über clear display, etc.

Still, does Apple’s anorexic (ie less than 2 pound) 2015 Retina MacBook have you reaching for your wallet or ready to vent your speed in the comments below? Inquiring minds want to know…

  1. I’d never purchase this first-generation piece of garbage. I understand it’s the first of its kind and is thus an experiment, but Apple is really skimping customers with it. It shouldn’t be the same price as a significantly more powerful MacBook Air with such serious drawbacks. I don’t care how thin it is – that isn’t worth a Core M processor. It’s beautiful, yes, but if you want a thin & gorgeous laptop, then you get an Air. And an Air should be what was updated to have a retina model, not this new line of Macbook (which is a glorified tablet that can probably only handle web browsing). I’m planning on purchasing a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina instead. Same price, 100x better. I’m completely disappointed with its results. I don’t need an ultra thin laptop from Apple if it comes with such a slow Core M processor. I wouldn’t mind the fanless design if they were able to create some type of technology that would allow it to work with, perhaps, a decent computer. And the lack of ports! Make it a feature all you want, but you need at least 2 USB Type C ports, one on each side. I can’t have anything plugged in while charging? Ridiculous. I’m disappointed with the product, and clearly so are many others. Their stocks dropped after the announcement. Not too long ago they were worth $132 per share. Now it’s just $124 (still amazing, but it’s a drop).

  2. Let’s face it, this is not THE Mac that people will be using FCP on or even Photoshop Elements for the most part. It is what it is. A machine more than capable of churning out Office documents, web browsing, email, watching movies, listening to music, playing some light games, and so on.

    The problem is that many people still hold on to the notion that EVERY Mac MUST be able to be all things to all people and that’s not how it works. Having a 12-inch screen with great battery life, standard 8 GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD makes this exactly what it’s intended to be for. That portable Mac that does darn near everything most people want a portable Mac for.

    Even the one port really isn’t that big a deal. Most peripherals (including hard drives) can be connected to wirelesly, WiFi is available in most places (though business buyers may not have that option and most govt sites avoid it too) and either connecting it to a projector or display is a dongle away. With 10 hours of battery life, you shouldn’t have a problem getting through a presentation and if yours is longer than that, there is a special place in hell reserved for you.

    Is it the way I would have presented it? No, but I don’t run Apple. What I would have done was add the Retina display to the Air line and given this new Macbook the standard display and priced it accordingly as compared to the Air.

  3. Your compromises are my favorite features — face it you’re stuck in the past (aka a pile of your own shit).

  4. You hit the nail on the head. I’ve been explaining this to people so many times lately but they’re all too blind-sighted to see this. They just see another pricey (though I must admit at 1400 euro it’s priced at least 200 euros too much) Apple product with 1 port and less power and immediately feel the need to diss it. Thanks for explaining it as one should and giving some clear facts instead of stupid insults and false assumptions.

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