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Retina Display MacBook FAQ @ EveryMac.com

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EveryMac.com's Retina MacBook Q&A answers questions about the 2015 and 2016 aluminum MacBook models with a 12-Inch "Retina Display."

Apple Retina MacBook

At the moment, these notebooks are visually distinctive and the only razor thin notebooks with "MacBook" on the display bezel. However, they additionally can be spotted by the A1534 model number.

Questions range from "What are all the differences between the 12-Inch Retina MacBook and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which is best for me?" to "What is USB-C? What adapters are available for the USB-C port?" and include everything in between.

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Most Frequently Asked Retina Display MacBook Q&As:

What are all the differences between the 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which is best for me?

How do you connect an external display to the Retina MacBook? What is the maximum supported resolution? What adapters are required?

How fast are the "Early 2016" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models compared to one another? How much faster are these models than the "Early 2015" line replaced? How fast are they compared to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro?

What are all the differences between the "Early 2016" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models?

How do you transfer data from an older Mac to a Retina Display MacBook? Are adapters required?

What type of internal storage do the Retina Display MacBook models use? Is it possible to upgrade it?

What are all the differences between the "Early 2016" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models and the "Early 2015" models replaced?

How do you connect external storage to the Retina Display MacBook? What options are available? Is it possible? Are adapters required?

What is USB-C? What adapters are available for the Retina Display MacBook USB-C port?

What are the "pros and cons" of the 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? Is it for me?

Software Compatibility Q&As:

What version of OS X is pre-installed on the Retina Display MacBook models?

How do you install software on the Retina Display MacBook without an optical drive?

How do you transfer data from an older Mac to a Retina Display MacBook? Are adapters required?

How do you restore the operating system on the Retina Display MacBook models?

Can the Retina Display MacBook run iPad apps?

Can the Retina Display MacBook run Windows or Linux?

Comparison & Performance Q&As:

What are all the differences between the "Early 2016" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models?

What are all the differences between the "Early 2016" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models and the "Early 2015" models replaced?

What are all the differences between the "Early 2015" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models?

What are all the differences between the 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which is best for me?

How fast are the "Early 2016" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models compared to one another? How much faster are these models than the "Early 2015" line replaced? How fast are they compared to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro?

How fast are the "Early 2015" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook models compared to one another? How fast are these models compared to the 11-Inch and 13-Inch MacBook Air models? How fast are they compared to the 13-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro?

What are the "pros and cons" of the 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? Is it for me?

Upgrades & Expansion Q&As:

What custom processor options are available for the Retina Display MacBook models? Can the processor be upgraded?

What type of RAM do the Retina Display MacBook models use? Can it be upgraded?

What type of internal storage do the Retina Display MacBook models use? Is it possible to upgrade it?

How do you connect external storage to the Retina Display MacBook? What options are available? Is it possible? Are adapters required?

Display & Video Q&As:

How do you connect an external display to the Retina MacBook? What is the maximum supported resolution? What adapters are required?

What type of video processor is provided by the Retina Display MacBook? Is it "dedicated" or "integrated" memory? Is it upgradable?

How can you "force" or "hack" the Retina Display MacBook models to run at the native resolution or otherwise fit more on screen than by default?

Battery, Power & Connectivity Q&As:

What is the "real-world" battery life of the "Early 2015" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? Is it really as long as Apple claims? How does it compare to the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro models?

What is the "real-world" battery life of the "Early 2016" 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? How does it compare to the "Early 2015" MacBook models replaced and the MacBook Air?

Is it possible to replace the battery in the Retina Display MacBook? How?

What is USB-C? What adapters are available for the Retina Display MacBook USB-C port?

What type of power connector does the Retina Display MacBook use? Is it compatible with "MagSafe" power connectors?

How do you connect an external display to the Retina MacBook? What is the maximum supported resolution? What adapters are required?

How do you connect external storage to the Retina Display MacBook? What options are available? Is it possible? Are adapters required?

How do you connect the Retina Display MacBook to a wired Ethernet network? Is it even possible?

Design, Configuration, & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the Retina Display MacBook?

Where can I buy a Retina Display MacBook?

What are the custom configuration options for the Retina Display MacBook models?

What are the "pros and cons" of the 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? Is it for me?




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