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First look: Hands-on with Apple's all new 12" MacBook with Retina display

Following the redesigned 12-inch MacBook's unveiling on Monday, AppleInsider was on hand to take a first look at Apple's latest thin-and-light, which comes in three colors including gold.




Announced earlier today, the all new MacBook is the lightest and thinnest Mac Apple has ever made, weighing in at only two pounds and measuring 13.1 millimeters at its thickest point.




A bright 12-inch Retina display is featured front and center, with Apple touting the panel as the thinnest and most efficient ever used in a Mac.




The MacBook is a departure from Apple's most recent laptop designs in that it eschews the MagSafe protocol, as well as other input and output ports, for a single USB Type C connector located on the left side of the device. On the opposite side is a single headphone jack and dual mics for FaceTime and dictation duties.




Another new feature is the MacBook's keys, which use a new butterfly type mechanism for a more solid typing experience. Prior MacBook Air and Pro models used scissor type keys that are more susceptible to flexing and bending when pressed near a key's edge.




Like Apple's iPhone offerings, the new MacBook will come in three different colors: silver, Space Gray and gold.




Apple's redesigned MacBook is slated to hit store shelves on April 10 at a base price of $1,299.