Let’s look at physical design first of all – which won’t take long because of the lack of change here. Like the 13-inch Air, the 11-inch Air for early 2015 has the same chassis as we saw in the previous generation.
That means exceptional build quality and stunning looks, admittedly, but it’s hard not to be a little disappointed by the lack of change on these machines when the 12-inch MacBook got such a radical rethink. (Not everyone likes that radical rethink, of course.
We have the same sturdy yet lightweight chassis milled from solid aluminium, and an 11.6-inch TN LCD screen, which stands apart from all other Mac computers and displays – it’s the only 16:9 widescreen display in the range. All other Macs made in the past nine years have had 16:10 aspect ratio, a shape that’s more versatile for both productivity and entertainment.
Like the 13-inch, it has one USB 3.0 port on each side, plus MagSafe 2 and headset jack on the left; and Thunderbolt 2 port on the right. One minor difference in specification is the absence of an SD card slot, which can be found on the 13-inch MacBook Air.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro mostly embodies the same cautious design ethos, with one exception: it did at least get the cool new Force Touch trackpad. The new Air doesn’t even get that – or the ‘butterfly mechanism’ keyboard from the new 12-inch MacBook, for that matter.