New MacBook: Thin, 12 ″ Retina display and USB type-C

New MacBook: Thin, 12 ″ Retina display and USB type-C

At the Apple event called “Spring Forward” that is being held in San Francisco just in these minutes, Tim Cook has presented a new line of MacBook.


Apple’s CEO before presenting the new notebook stated that last year the non-Apple notebook market was 2% lower than the previous year, instead the MacBook sector exploded with a 20% increase in sales; After a few seconds of “suspense” Cook rose on stage with a new Mac, a kind of MacBook Air.


It will simply be called a MacBook, no suffix for the new 12 ″ notebook. It will be available in three colors just like the new iPhone: Gold, silver and sidereal grey. But let’s see what the potential features of the newly presented MAC are.


Thinner and lighter


After a brief presentation, Apple’s MAC industry specialist: Phil Schiller says, “These are the thinnest and most efficient Macs we’ve ever created. “Beautiful from any point you look at them.” One of the features that surely has been Apple’s goal for years is the transportability the new MacBook will be 40% thinner than the current MacBook Air with a staggering thickness of 13, 1mm approx. 4 mm thinner than Air, also weigh little more than 2 Kg, really unimaginable features!


12 ″ Retina Display, more pixels and thinner


To the technicians of the House of Cupertino like to defy the laws of physics, the display of the new Apple notebook will have a resolution of 2304 × 1440 pixels, with Retina display, but will be thinner about 0.88 mm and about 30% brighter than the previous models.


New keyboard


The new MacBooks also have a new keyboard, much more stable with a new “butterfly” technology that adapts to the smaller size. It will occupy all the available space up to the edge of the shell. The keys will be clearly more visible in cases of low light, the backlight emits a double brightness compared to the previous ones.


In addition to the keyboard has also been revised the trackpad, now called Force Touch trackpad, which has four sensors of sensitivity, which will allow to recognize the level of pressure applied for each click, is completely covered in glass. In addition, new gestures will be implemented.


New processor, smaller logic card and no fan


The new MacBook will be equipped with a new processor, belonging to the new line of Intel Broadwell, an Intel Core M from 14nm with a clock speed of 1.3 GHz and turbo Boost up to 2, GHz; Much more powerful than the current MacBook Air. Mysterious is the type of cooling, almost useless since its consumption is about 5 watts, in fact it will be equipped with no fan, instead of which will be added more batteries.


More autonomy


Thanks to the presence of many more batteries (the shell will be full), the new handset will have a longer lasting autonomy, which is only a big point in favor of those who travel with the MAC and has transportation needs. Here is what stated: 9 hours of Wireless Internet browsing and 10 hours of iTunes playback.



Many rumors were talking about the presence of this new type of connectivity. There will be only one port on the new MacBook, for the memo USB-C which manages USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, as well as power and connectivity various.


The basic version will cost $1299 and have the following features


Intel Core M Dual core processor at 1.1 GHz Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz
Intel HD 5300 Integrated video card
8GB RAM Memory
SSD 256 GB
The “enhanced” version will cost $1599 with the following features:


Intel Core M Dual Core 1.3 GHz Turbo Boost processor up to 2.9 GHz
Intel HD 5300 Integrated video card
8GB RAM Memory
SSD 512 GB
Availability from 10 April around the world.
Thing means USB Type-C?

Thing means USB Type-C?

With USB Type-C we mean a particular type of USB port and connector of the latest generation. USB Type-C performs very similar functions (even if improved in technology) compared to its classic USB brothers but has a feature that can be very important if you always go in a hurry and if you do not get along with the cables: the USB Type-C does not have a direction of insertion, so you can safely plug the cable into its slot without the risk of breaking it because it “does not enter” – something that happened instead , and also often, to those who tried to insert classic USB cables on the contrary.


Obviously you can’t use a USB Type-C cable in a classic port and vice versa: However, there are some special adapters that will allow you to “turn” USB Type-C into classic USB, so you can – for example – recharge your phone even when you don’t have a USB type-C port available.


Until now I’ve only told you about “details”, but this type of specification was not born at random! With USB Type-C, in fact, the speed with which the data is exchanged is increased and technologies are introduced that allow to transfer, via USB, also a high quality video signal and higher amounts of electricity than its ancestors. Today, in fact, there are high definition monitors that can be connected to devices via USB type-C and there are laptops, such as new MacBooks, which use their own USB type-C to recharge the battery!


This type of USB is used more and more often on new generation phones. But do not despair: If your computer has the classic USB ports you can still connect your smartphone (but lose some speed if you need to transfer your files). As I said, just an adapter!
After Jack, Apple says goodbye to USB ports

After Jack, Apple says goodbye to USB ports


Keynote – There is not only the iphone 7 that will make unhappy after giving up the jack for headphones. The new MacBook Pro also separates from two connectors that we thought were essential: the USB sockets and especially its loading.

No, don’t tear your hair! If you crack for the new MacBook Pro that Apple has just announced, you will need to switch back to the cashier to be able to connect your “old devices”. Starting with the iphone 7. And the latter must, tonight, feel less alone with his burden of the technological revolution misunderstood.

After giving up the headphone jack on the iphone 7 at the price of lightning (or Bluetooth) in order to end an outdated technology, Apple separates from the standard USB ports on its latest MacBook Pro. Instead, the Apple brand chose to integrate USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3) as it had already done last year with the MacBook, and as are also doing Huawei or Nokia for smartphones, Asus and HP for Chromebook.

A much faster flow

To connect your iphone 5 and more, you will need to invest in a new cable if you plan to recharge it on your MacBook Pro. And even if you wanted to use your USB sticks and other such fittings. You can put them in the cupboard if you do not invest in an adapter.

Good news In contrast: Unlike the 12-inch MacBook, this time the MacBook Pro has four ports for models with touch Bar (two on the 13-inch without touch bar). They have the advantage of allowing the charging cable to be connected to the desired side of the computer. Because reloading its MacBook will also go through this jack, Apple also saying goodbye to its magsafe socket which has been providing power for years in a loving way. Exit also the Thunderbolt connection that allows faster file transfers. The new USB-C sockets now ship this technology and their throughput is highly improved (40 GB/s vs. 5 GB/s for USB 3.0), capable of easily managing the new USB 3.1 standards.

Many advantages of USB-C

The first gain is obviously of size. The USB-C ports are much less thick, as is a Micro USB 2.0 plug. The MacBook Pro undoubtedly holds its finesse (14.9 mm for 13 inches, 15.5 mm for 15 inches). This is probably why more and more smartphones, tablets and laptops are being put in.

It is also the port of universality: the USB-C allows to manage data more easily, audio, video (two screens in 4 K or 5 k because the USB-C of the MacBook Pro also incorporates the Thunderbolt 3 port) and the current at the same time. The cable also supports significantly higher voltages (up to 100 W according to the USB-if which governs the standards against 4.5 W for the current USB 3.0). Forget the HDMI, RJ-45 or DisplayPort cables.

The cable also plugs in both directions unlike the MINIUSB and microUSB of the moment.

This is to ask why Apple has retained this time the Jack plug to plug in its headphones while the sound can also go through the USB-C port, in analog or digital.

On the side of the bad news, you’ll have to think about leaving with all its adapters under pain of not being able to use its old products. And this also has a cost: The adapters are starting from 25 euros.

What is USB 3.1 Type C ?

What is USB 3.1 Type C ?

In November 2014, W + P was one of the world’s first providers to launch the new USB 3.1 type C connector in the market. Today, W + P expands this series around the standing version and opens up numerous new possibilities for PCB design for the latest USB 3.1 super speed plus standard.


The USB 3.1 Type C connector points with a very fast data transfer rate of 10 Gbit/s and numerous other advantages: they support both the USB power delivery standard and the USB audio/video standard. This means that the same plug-in system can transmit up to 100 watts of power as well as the transmission of video data in the Ultra HD standard. Thus, the USB 3.1 system has the potential to become a universal transmission system in the future.

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And the highlight of the new Type C USB connector: It was developed not only for the performance of the new USB 3.1 super speed plus standard with a data transfer rate of 10 Gbit/s, but with the aim of being also suitable for upcoming developments of the USB standard in the next 15 years. Thus, it is equipped with 24 contacts to meet future standards.


Available is the standing version of the USB 3.1 Type C Connector series 8320 as a SMT connector with a housing height of 9, 4mm. The contact material consists of a copper alloy with gold plated surface over a nickel layer, the insulating material made of thermoplastic plastic according to UL94 V-0. A safe function is given in a temperature range of-40 °c to + 85 °c.


Increasingly, the USB 3.1 type C connector in electronic devices is installed by default. Therefore, W + p offers an extended range of high-quality cable assemblies from USB 3.1 Type C connectors to a wide variety of USB connector types.