2015 Macbook with Retina
The new Macbook. Image obtained with thanks from Apple.

Apple is notorious for their expensive products, but those prices were backed by good quality hardware. Recently, Apple released the 12″ Macbook with Retina display for $1,299. Many writers said that Apple screwed it up horribly, while some thing they did a decent job. Some said that DJs will not buy it as it is no good for them. For those that didn’t already know, Macbooks appear to be extremely common among DJs and producers (especially in the U.S.).

2015 Macbook with Retina
The new Macbook.
Image obtained with thanks from Apple.

Macbooks support audio editing software which is very popular among producers. I won’t write about what producers want or need, as I don’t have experience in that area. However, I will outline the key differences between the Macbook with Retina and the Pro model, which also has a Retina display.

Apple Replaced All The Macbook Ports With One USB-C Port

The Macbook comes with only one port, and that is a USB-C. It replaced two USB, two Thunderbolt, and an HDMI port. It is understandable that thinner laptops tend to be less powerful, and offer less functionality overall, but products like these are usually cheaper. This is a $1,300 laptop with a dual-core processor up to 1.3 GHZ. That is a serious lack of processing power for the price. The Macbook Pro on the other hand, has an amply powerful GHZ dual-core i7 processor up to 3.1 GHZ, and it is the same price.

The Pro model has an additional hour of battery life at 10 hours for web browsing, a 13.3″ screen which is 1.3 inches larger than the Macbook, a higher resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which is considerably better than the Macbook’s 2304 x 1440 pixels, and the Pro model supports up to 16 GB of RAM, while the new Macbook supports up to 8 GB. Finally, the Macbook Pro supports hard drives up to 1 TB, and the new Macbook supports up to 512 GB.

The new model does have some features that the Pro doesn’t, though. These include the butterfly mechanism and Force Touch trackpad. The new Macbook will start shipping in April.

What do you think? Is the Macbook’s new thin, lightweight, low-power design the future, or is the Pro model thin and light enough as it is? I think it is more than thin enough, and it is powerful. That is an ideal combination, especially for people who travel frequently and do video/audio editing, which are both resource-intensive tasks.

Producers and everyone else are invited to share their thoughts in the comment section below.