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Apple MacBook 12"

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MacBook: Light. Years ahead.

Our goal with MacBook was to do the impossible: engineer a full‑size experience into the thinnest, lightest Mac notebook yet. And not only is it compact — it’s more powerful than ever. The new MacBook delivers up to 20 percent faster performance with new seventh‑generation Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 processors,1 and up to 50 percent faster SSD storage.

  • 13.1mm thin
  • 2lb. light
  • 12-inch Retina display
  • Up to 10hrs battery life

More muscle in every millimeter.

Now equipped with seventh-generation Intel Core processors, MacBook is snappier than ever. From daily tasks like launching apps and opening files to more advanced computing, you can power through your day thanks to faster SSDs and Turbo Boost processing up to 3.6GHz.

We squeezed the most into it. And out of it.

Each component inside MacBook has been meticulously designed to get the most out of an incredibly thin and light enclosure. We chose powerful yet highly efficient processors, and optimized macOS to draw on the processor using as little power as possible. Because no fan is needed to cool the computer, it has more room for battery cells to support you on the go, all day long.


Inside you’ll find seventh-generation Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 processors with 14-nanometer process technology. This lets MacBook expertly combine energy efficiency with the performance needed to take on all sorts of tasks.

  • Up to 20% faster performance
  • Up to 3.6GHz Turbo Boost processing

Fanless architecture:

MacBook was built for virtually silent performance. Its processor runs on just 5 watts of power, which generates less heat and eliminates the need for a fan to cool the computer. Instead, the logic board is seated on an anisotropic graphite sheet that helps disperse any heat. So you won’t hear a thing while your MacBook is hard at work.

Storage and memory:

Though its components are tiny, MacBook has an impressive capacity to store the files and run the applications you need every day. With up to 16GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory and up to 512GB of SSD storage, you get an amazingly thin and light notebook with snappy performance.

Battery:  35% more capacity than standard technology would allow

To achieve all-day battery life, we needed to use every millimeter of space inside MacBook. So we created an innovative terraced battery cell, custom shaped to fit the specific contours of the enclosure. The result is 35 percent more battery cell capacity than would have been possible before.

A Retina display that takes everything to the edge.

The stunning 12-inch Retina display on MacBook is truly something to behold. With over 3 million pixels and edge-to-edge glass, every image leaps off the screen in rich, vibrant detail. All on an amazingly thin Retina display. 

  • 2304×1440 resolution
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 178° viewing angle

To deliver the gorgeous Retina experience, we designed the pixels to create a larger aperture. This lets more light pass through, allowing us to use more energy-efficient LED backlighting, yet achieve the same vivid brightness.

A keyboard refined for an even better hands-on experience.

We believe that a comfortable, full-size keyboard is an essential part of any notebook. To fit one into MacBook, we designed a keyboard from the ground up — including each key and its underlying mechanism. This makes the whole keyboard not only much thinner, but also more comfortable and precise, so your fingers feel right at home.

Enhanced butterfly mechanism. Key to the keyboard. 

Now, with our second-generation butterfly mechanism, the keyboard experience is refined for greater comfort and responsiveness. So when your finger strikes a key, it goes down and bounces back with a crisp motion that you’ll appreciate the moment you start typing. 

The Force Touch trackpad. Press a little deeper, do a lot more.

The pressure-sensing capabilities of the Force Touch trackpad allow you to tell your MacBook what you want it to do based on subtle differences in pressure. Click anywhere to perform a variety of actions in different apps, all on the same surface, without lifting a finger. And the Taptic Engine provides haptic feedback that adds a sense of touch to what you see on the screen.

Multi-Touch. Precise control at your fingertips.

Multi-Touch gestures make it easy and intuitive to interact with your MacBook. Scroll in any direction, swipe through web pages, pinch, rotate, or Force click to unlock other useful capabilities.

Force click: Click and continue to press on the trackpad to enable new capabilities, like looking up the definition of a word, previewing a file in the Finder, or creating a new Calendar event when you Force click a date in the text of an email.

Accelerators: Gradually add pressure to the trackpad to vary the speed with which you fast-forward through a QuickTime movie or zoom in on a location in Maps.

Pressure-sensitive drawing: Press lightly for a thin stroke or harder for a thick one when marking up a Mail attachment or creating a signature for forms in Preview.

Connect to everything you love. Anywhere you go.

With powerful technologies in an incredibly compact enclosure, MacBook is designed to fit perfectly into a world where just about anything you do with a notebook can be done over the air. For those moments when you do need to plug in, USB-C packs a ton of capability into one small and convenient port.

USB-C. Singularly versatile.

The USB-C port puts everything you need in a port all in one place. It provides charging, speedy USB data transfer (up to 5Gb/s), and video output in a reversible design that’s one-third the size of a USB 3 port, giving you the flexibility to easily connect your favorite devices.

Fully equipped for a wireless world.

MacBook takes full advantage of the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technologies — and with innovative Apple software and services that let you get the most out of them, you can wirelessly connect to the web, transfer files, organize your photos, listen to music, and more.


macOS is the operating system that powers everything you do on a Mac. macOS High Sierra brings new forward-looking technologies and enhanced features to your Mac. It’s macOS at its highest level yet.

Finish: Rose Gold / Space Gray / Gold / Silver


Retina display

  • 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
  • 2304-by-1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • 16:10 aspect ratio

Supported scaled resolutions:

  • 1440 by 900
  • 1280 by 800
  • 1024 by 640



1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3, Turbo Boost up to 3.0GHz, with 4MB L3 cache
Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz, with 4MB L3 cache; or 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache


1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz, with 4MB L3 cache
Configurable to 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB L3 cache


  • 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB of memory


  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
  • 512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD

Size and Weight:

  • Height: 0.14–0.52 inch (0.35–1.31 cm)
  • Width: 11.04 inches (28.05 cm)
  • Depth: 7.74 inches (19.65 cm)
  • Weight: 2.03 pounds (0.92 kg)

Graphics and Video Support:

  • Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Dual display and video mirroring: simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz on an external display, both at millions of colors

Operating System: macOS High Sierra

macOS is the operating system that powers everything you do on a Mac. macOS High Sierra brings new forward-looking technologies and enhanced features to your Mac. It’s macOS at its highest level yet.


Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new MacBook. With built-in support for vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy, you can create and do amazing things.

Features include:

  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Increase Contrast
  • Reduce Motion
  • Siri and Dictation
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • Text to Speech

Built-in Apps:

  • Photos
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Siri
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • FaceTime
  • Messages
  • Maps
  • Notes
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Reminders
  • Photo Booth
  • Preview
  • iTunes
  • iBooks
  • App Store
  • Time Machine

Limited Warranty and Service:

Our MacBook comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your computer’s purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.


Displays and Adapters:

  • LG UltraFine 4K Display
  • USB-C to USB Adapter
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter
  • Power Adapter Extension Cable

AirPort and Wireless:

  • AirPort Extreme
  • AirPort Express
  • AirPort Time Capsule

Other Accessories:

  • Magic Mouse 2
  • Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • World Travel Adapter Kit
  • USB-C to Lightning Cable
  • USB-C Charge Cable
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter
  • AppleCare+ for Mac

In the Box:

  • MacBook
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)

Configure to Order:

1.2GHz model:

  • 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache; or 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 16GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory

1.3GHz model:

  • 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 16GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory

MacBook and the Environment: Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact.

MacBook is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Mercury‑free display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free
  • Beryllium-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold

Recycling: Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization.

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Michael R.
Tallahassee, FL
41 reviews
My daughter gave me a Galaxy S8 for Mother's Day and it uses a different charger than all of the cords that I currently have.
Instead of having to buy a bunch of new chargers for the different rooms in the house, this solves everything!
This charger works anywhere with any of your old charging cords!
You just plug in to the base of this stand and set your phone on it and voila'! It's charged.
So happy that I can just place my phone on this device And charge my phone in no time .
Kristine B.
81 reviews
I have this laptop in gold and I will never buy a different laptop. It works so well and I’ve never had any problems. It’s a little bit pricey but it is so efficient that it is worth it and is incredibly light weight.
Milton H.
Huntsville , AL
9 reviews
This laptop is AWESOME!!! If you have a iPhone and or Apple Watch, then this the laptop for you. I use this laptop Every night, for homework and watching movies on iTunes. I recommend a MacBook, since you don’t really have as many issues as a windows computer. But if you do have an issue, you can just take it to your local apple store and then you will be up and running.
Shelby -.
352 reviews
I won this macbook in vasseur beauty macbook giveaway 2018. Mine is rose gold I love it the sound is amazing comfortable keyboard light weight charge isnt bad.😍😍😍😍😍😍
Ana L.
24 reviews
I would give it 5 but it only has two ports. One for charging one for headphones. This means I have to get an adapter for everything. Everything else is perfect. It’s fast, easy to use, light weight, no issues so far!
Jamie C.
Oxford, MA
435 reviews
Just picked this up in January and I’m obsessed! It’s super user friendly and so light weight. The only downside is it has a USB-C port instead of the standard so you have to get an adapter but it’s amazing and holds a charge forever ! Apple products are amazing!
Destiny H.
Fresno, TX
168 reviews
If you have not held the new MacBook in hand, it is almost impossible to think how a computer can be so light and so thin. In some ways, it almost seems like an iPad with a clamshell keyboard attached to it. To make space for the small form factor, many 'normal' features had to be removed: no CD drive, no USB ports (save for the USB-C charging port) and no HDMI port. This computer was truly designed to be ultra portable and is not peripheral feature heavy. While I was looking for a computer that is easy to tote around, this could be a reason to consider a different model for some users. Since I was switching from a MacBook Pro, I found that the keys (like the new Magic keyboard) are more shallow and take some getting used to. This makes for a small learning curve, but overall it is a non-issue. The loss of some factors of convenience (no USB drive, etc) are more than balanced with the impossibly thin design of the new MacBook. It almost seems ridiculous when you look at other larger laptops after using this computer. Keep in mind, if you don't already have one you will need a bluetooth mouse, etc to get the job done. More than just a cosmetic choice for the MacBook is the aluminum shell. I opted for the gold finish, which looks stunning. Since the laptop is so light and thin, the aluminum makes it feel like the construction is sturdy and not flimsy. Overall I am very happy with the computer. I would urge that anyone considering the device thinks long and hard about the need to use peripherals and if they can live without USB/ HDMI ports and a DVD drive natively built in to their laptop.
Heidi F.
West Long Branch, NJ
22 reviews
The MacBook is so light and great for everything you could imagine. I can’t wait to use it in college. I love using it to watch Netflix play fortnite shop and do whatever I need. This MacBook makes my life so much easier I definitely recommend
Rose R.
Oklahoma city, OK
93 reviews
I have always had windows my boyfriend bought me a mac. The first time I used it I was confused but it was easy to learn and use and It last for a long time if properly using safe sites. Used it more for nursing school works great!!
Gina S.
Grand Haven, MI
392 reviews
I have had the MacBook Pro for at least 7 years and it is still in excellent shape. The battery had a few issues but mainly due to virus exposure which is very rare to happen. Extremely fast and can’t even compare to my hp laptop!
cristal s.
N Las Vegas, NV
182 reviews
Is this travel size or is it bulky in size
Siarel V.
Wesley chapel, Fl
30 reviews
I have been recently looking for a laptop for school and I have always had a good experience with Apple products.It's this a good laptop to buy from Apple? It's it easy to understand?
Dalia E.
139 reviews
I always have a problem with viruses in my pc. Does it have a protection against viruses ?
A🌹 H.
5 reviews
Many have told me that apple is a crappy company and I should buy a PC but I’ve never tried a MacBook before and they look very high tec.. I’d love to test this out and review it for y’all !
Dalia E.
139 reviews
How long does the battery lasts ?

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