“Apple announced a new MacBook today — not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just MacBook,” Andrew Cunningham reports for Ars Technica. “It’s the first one of those that Apple has offered since it killed the plastic MacBooks earlier this decade, and while those computers were low-cost alternatives to the MacBook Pro and then the MacBook Air, this laptop is a much different beast.”

“It’s Apple’s first fanless MacBook. It’s the first to use Intel’s ultra-low-power processors in the form of the Broadwell-based Core M. It’s got a Retina Display,” Cunningham reports. “It’s not a cut-down budget model, and it’s not quite a MacBook Air replacement.”

“The numbers seem small on paper—it weighs two pounds and is 13mm thick at its thickest point. Seeing it in person really drives home what a small laptop this is. It’s the most similar to the 11-inch MacBook Air, but it’s got a bigger and better screen,” Cunningham reports. “I moved from an 11- to a 13-inch MacBook Air because I found the display too cramped, but the new MacBook is large enough to avoid that problem.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The jury’s still out on this new keyboard and Apple’s entirely new butterfly mechanism.

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