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If someone told me Apple would release a notebook in faux gold, I’d call them crazy and out of touch with reality, but that’s exactly what the company has done with the new 12-inch MacBook adopting the same Space Gray, Silver and Gold color scheme popularized by iOS devices.

Say you were in the market for that machine, which finish would you go with: the unassuming Silver, the subdued Space Gray or “a stunning gold,” as Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing honcho, put it unveiling the machine at the “Spring Forward“?

Pictured top of post: Space Gray, Silver and Gold MacBook finishes.

I myself am a Space Gray type of guy: my iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air are Space Gray models. Given that I’ll be picking up a 42mm Apple Watch Sport in Space Gray with a Black Sport Band, I would clearly pick up a matching Space Gray variant of the new MacBook were I to buy a new notebook.

Cast your vote now.

As a quick recap, the new MacBook has a twelve-inch 2,304-by-1,440 pixel resolution Retina screen and a brand new Force Touch trackpad that abandons the traditional mechanical design in favor of four pressure sensors and Haptic Engine from the Apple Watch.

Inside, there’s a 67 percent smaller logic board featuring a 1.1GHz 14-nanometer Intel Core M chip. Another markedly different feature compared to the existing lineup: a USB-Type C port replacing the MagSafe adapter, the previous USB ports, Lightning I/O, DisplayPort and HDMI.

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The new MacBook’s redesigned battery allows for none hours of web surfing and up to ten hours of iTunes movie playback.

“It’s the world’s most energy efficient notebook,” Apple says.

By the way, the Apple logo on the lid no longer glows.

We want to hear your reasoning so feel free to explain your choice of a MacBook finish down in the comment section.

  • Guest

    Space Grey for sure. Gold is overrated.

    • Carlos Medina

      Space Grey for sure. Gold is overrated.

      • If only it were darker…

      • Kevin Osborne

        Space Grey for sure. Gold is overrated.

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        Space Grey for sure. Gold is overrated.

    • bd14u

      Space Grey for sure. Gold is overrated.

    • TechLove

      Gold for sure. Space Grey is overrated.

  • Space Gray for sure. Gold is overrated.

    • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

      Space Grey for sure. Gold is overrated..

      • Tyler Gibbons

        Space Gray for sure. Gold is overrated…

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  • João Aguiar

    “nine hours”

    • bd14u

      None Hours

  • Bass Head

    I want matte black

  • HugoV

    My MacBook Pro 2011. Works perfect.

  • therealjjohnson

    Though the gold one is nice to look at, I would probably select the slate gray. Don’t get me wrong, i would love to have the gold one sitting on a desk for everyone to come in my home and drool over. I Just couldn’t see me carrying it around everyday.

  • Torpe

    i opt for the 16GB i7 Quad Core Macbook Pro in Silver with backlit Apple Logo

  • Derp

    Gold so that everyone, even from distance, knows i got the new thing and therefore am automatically awesome. Yes I’m vain idc.

    • They will all pray that your one USB-C port breaks and you have to fix it because there isn’t a second port just in case lol

  • Josh

    It’s also worth noting that the Asus UX303 can be had for less than the new MacBook with a 4K display, i7 processor, 8GB of ram, Nvidia840m with 2gb dedicated graphics and a 256 GB SSD. All that while being slightly ticker (+/- 5mm) it’s hard to notice 5mm, specially when the machine is 10x more powerful and less money.

  • AnoNymouz

    I don’t see anything special here. I see an overpriced iPad with attached keyboard. I love my MacBook Pro Retina 15 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
    16GB 1600MHz memory
    512GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5 memory

    • Jonathan


    • SkyFall

      Wanna exchange for a Popsicle?

      • Jonathan

        Wow, I burst out laughing. Nice job. xD

  • Vince Reedy

    Too disappointed in the processor specs, I’m probably passing on it. May even wait for the next round of refreshes.

  • Andrew

    Here’s hoping the Pros will get an colour refresh! I’m waiting for a Space Grey 15″ rMBP with Force Touch. But I want a glowing Apple logo!

    • KP

      They announced during the keynote that the refreshed Pro’s will get newer PCIe SSD’s and the Force-Touch trackpad, otherwise, just CPU/spec bumps, no color changes…

      • Andrew

        That’s just for the 13″. I want an updated 15″.

      • KP

        Oh dang, you’re right, didn’t realize that!!

  • hessopoetic

    Why wont they make the macbook pro with these colors

  • Sketch

    The MacBook Pro is coming after Skylakes drop obviously. Core M is garbage and not made for power

  • Thomas Gehman

    Gold, because you can. 😛

  • mrdude42

    Space grey but I do wish it were darker

  • hkgsulphate

    where is MacBook Edition

  • revivalstore

    Gold for sure space Grey is overated

  • Chris

    sorry, none. 480p camera. no usb, no magsafe… shame…

  • MacGuru96

    I started out with a black iPhone 4, then a black iPhone 5, a black iPad mini, a Space Grey 5s, a Space Grey iPad mini with Retina Display and most recently a Space Grey iPhone 6. Oh, and I’ve got a silver MacBook (late 2008 unibody aluminium…it won’t die and Apple keeps letting me update to the latest software) and I’ll be getting a 38mm Space Grey Watch, too. It’s time for change.

    I’m going gold.

    *Gasp! Egad!*

  • Valinor

    Lmao hahahahahaa omg this cracked me up!!!

  • gold.

  • Beck Hoefling

    One of the coolest design features of the macbook is taken away! I’m talking about the glowing apple of course, bad move apple