Apple unveiled the new MacBook ushering in innovation from all aspects including design, battery and even keyboards. One of the big talking points was that Apple ditched all of its traditional ports for a single USB-C connector. It’s a smaller reversible connector, and it’s not compatible with existing full-size USB accessories. The whole single port thing works beautifully design-wise, but if you have to charge your laptop and your smartphone simultaneously or pretty much do any other multi-tasking activities, you will have to invest in additional Apple accessories. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
“To create a notebook as thin and light as the new MacBook, we had to strive for efficiency in every detail, right down to how it connects to peripherals and power,” Apple said of the change. “So we contributed to a new universal connectivity standard that combines the essential functions you need every day in one dynamic port.” Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Cashing in on this, Apple has introduced a bunch of accessories with the new MacBook. There is a basic $49 29W USB-C Power Adapter that offers charging while on-the-go. The adapter requires a USB-C cable which you can buy it for an additional $29. Both of these accessories are available inside the box, but are also sold separately in case of wear and tear.
There is also a $79 HDMI adapter that allows connection of external HDMI-capable monitors, traditional USB devices, and power through the single port. Furthermore, there is a similar priced adapter that also adds VGA capability, while a $19 unit converts USB-C to traditional USB.
Most of these accessories are a must, if you want your MacBook to be useful after you buy it. The MacBook is base priced at $1,299, and comes with a 29W USB-C Power Adapter and a USB-C Charge Cable inside the box. To make the most out of your MacBook, the other additional accessories are pretty much an imperative buy. It will be interesting to see if the USB-C connectivity will proliferate to other Apple products or not.
The new laptop sports a 12-inch Retina display, is more energy efficient, and comes with Intel s latest Core M processor with no internal fan, and has improved keyboard. The MacBook with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.4 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starts at Rs 99,900.
The more powerful variant with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 will start at Rs 119,900. It will begin shipping to India from April 10. The accessories are not yet listed on the India website.