Apple Inc. produced the 12-inch MacBook, also known as the Retina MacBook 12in m7 and formally promoted as the new MacBook 12in m7, between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in its range of laptops. It first appeared in March 2015. At the time, it was smaller than any other MacBook family notebook and featured a Retina display, finless construction, and a Butterfly keyboard with shallower key travel. It includes a 3.5mm headphone connector and one single USB-C connection that can be utilized for both power and data. It was first made open in 2015, had revisions in 2017 and was eventually closed in July 2019—a year after the MacBook Air with Retina display.
MacBook 12in m7 Overview
The MacBook 12in m7 got introduced on March 9, 2015, during a special Apple event, and it was made open on April 10, 2015. It used Broadwell Core M CPUs from Intel with a TDP of around 4.5 Watt, enabling a fanless design and a importantly smaller logic board than in earlier MacBooks. It resembled the MacBook Air in terms of look, but it was lighter and smaller, and it provided (at the time of its debut) greater storage and memory as well as a higher-resolution 23041440 Retina display. However, its CPU and graphics capabilities were less powerful. There have been occasions when the MacBook was offered in space grey, silver, and gold finishes.
The MacBook is the first Mac to include USB-C, and it only features two ports: a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a single, multipurpose USB-C port. It was the first MacBook without MagSafe charging; the port enables transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s and may be utilised for data, audio/video output and charging. A full-size USB connection converting and a “Digital AV Multiport Adapter” featured a charging pass-through,and a full-size USB port, and HDMI output are available by apple.
The USB-C port on the MacBook do not support Thunderbolt, inspite of the fact that Thunderbolt 3 technology uses USB-C connections. but Thunderbolt was first made available for Macs in 2011, it has been only incompatible with two Macs, the 2012 Mac Pro being one of them. Storage devices and the Apple Thunderbolt Display are two examples of non-compatible Thunderbolt hardware. Numerous firms started launching cables and adapters for the USB-C connector soon after the MacBook was unveiled.
It has a full-sized keyboard and a sizable trackpad despite its compact dimensions. The new Butterfly keyboard for the MacBook replaces the conventional scissor mechanism keys with new, Apple-designed butterfly mechanisms, which thins out the keyboard and, according to Apple, makes individual keys more stable. The keyboard’s illumination now utilised a single LED for each key rather than a row of LEDs and a light guide panel. It also unveiled the Force Touch trackpad, a solid-state trackpad that uses haptic feedback to simulate a click and monitors pressure sensitivity. Later, the trackpad was included to the Magic Trackpad 2 and the MacBook Pro 2015. Similar technology (3D Touch) was debuted with the iPhone 6S and is also present in the Apple Watch.
MacBook 12in m7 Design
The MacBook’s tapering aluminum casing mimics the form of the MacBook 12in m7 Air from the outside. Like the MacBook Pro, it boasts a flush screen with black bezels. Instead of being shined and white, as it has been on every apple MacBook from the 1999 PowerBook G3 and 2001 iBook, the logo of apple on the back of the display is glossy and opaque. With a thickness of around 0.52 inches (1.32 cm) and a weight of 2.03 pounds (0.92 kg), it is the smallest and handy laptop Apple has ever made.
San Francisco typeface, as opposed to VAG Rounded, is used for the model name at the bottom of the screen bezel and the letters on the MacBook’s keyboard. It has been mentioned as an example of Apple presenting itself as a luxury-style brand when it introduced a gold MacBook 12in m7 finish. The decision comes after Apple unveiled the gold iPhone 5S after discovering that Chinese consumers viewed gold as a popular symbol of wealth.
MacBook 12in m7 Reception
The MacBook had a mixed response. Critics commended the product’s design and general quality, and some saw it as a potential replacement for the MacBook Air because of the Air’s outdated design and poor resolution screen. Apple nevertheless kept the MacBook Air on the market despite charging much more for the MacBook. Many advised against purchasing the MacBook until it had matured more and its price had decreased enough for mass adoption. They regarded it as a first-generation, restricted proof-of-concept design for early adopters.
In comparison to the more affordable and quicker MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the new MacBook’s biggest shortcoming was seen to be the Intel Core M processor’s poor performance. The new MacBook 12in m7 has also drawn criticism for lacking a number of well-known connectors, most notably USB Type-A ports. It also only has one port, which limits data transmission and general convenience without the use of an adaptor.
Developer Marco Arment criticised the keyboard for being difficult to use for an extended period of time and said the notebook’s design and compact size were “absolutely beautiful, groundbreaking, and mind-blowing… until you need to use the keyboard for stuff. Additionally, he indicated that the trackpad on the model he had purchased will be returned since it was inferior to that on earlier MacBooks.
According to a report by AppleInsider, the new butterfly keyboard malfunctions twice as frequently as older ones, frequently as a result of foreign objects lodged beneath the keys.The cost of fixing jammed keys has been estimated at over $700. Two class action lawsuits were brought against Apple in May 2018 over the keyboard issue, one of which claimed there was a “constant threat of nonresponsive keys and accompanying keyboard failure” and charged Apple with failing to notify customers of the problem. A service programme to “service eligible MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge” was introduced by Apple in June 2018.
The hinge end of the aluminium enclosure had a thickness of 13.1 mm.The battery was specifically created to fit the limited container size. It makes use of a brand-new 39.7 watt-hour lithium-polymer terraced battery cell that was marketed as having a “all-day” battery life. Apple advertised 10 hours of iTunes movie playback or nine hours of web surfing. Apple claims that the battery life has increased with the 2016 update, with ten hours of Internet surfing and eleven hours of iTunes movie playback.
There was no beryllium, BFR, or PVC used in the manufacture of the MacBook. Glass devoid of arsenic was used for the display. It relates with Energy Star 6.1 requirements, is made up of recyclable materials including glass and aluminium, andhave an EPEAT Gold rating, the new rose gold finish being added to the MacBook on April 19, 2016, add up with Skylake Core M CPUs, Intel HD 515 graphics, run memory, better battery life, and more storage.
Intel Kaby Lake m3, i5, and i7 CPUs (furthur known as m3, m5, and m7) got added to the MacBook 12in m7 on June 5th, 2017, by Apple. The control and option keys were represented by new symbols thanks to the inclusion of the second-generation butterfly keyboard. Additionally, the memory and storage are speedier.In order to match the 2018 colour scheme of the MacBook Air, Apple silently removed two colour options (rose gold and the original gold) and added a new colour option (new gold) on October 30, 2018.
Apple discreetly ended the MacBook 12in m7 queue on 9 July 2019. Apple released macOS Monterey on June 7, 2021, ending support for MacBooks from the first half of 2015. The early 2015 model MacBook was added to Apple’s “vintage products” list on June 30, 2021, making it only partially eligible for product support. Apple released the macOS Ventura operating system on June 6, 2022, and it no longer supported the MacBook from early 2016. Apple launched macOS Sonoma on June 5, 2023, ending support for the 2017 model and bringing a stop to the family’s macOS releases. The early 2015 model MacBook was added to Apple’s list of “obsolete products” on June 30, 2023, marking the end of product support and the termination of all hardware services for that model.