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Apple's thinnest and lightest MacBook comes in gold

Apple has revealed its latest laptop computer, which weighs only two pounds and comes in colours to match the tech giant's iPhone 6 (+ slideshow).

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

Unveiled during a live event in California today, Apple's new MacBook is just 13.1 millimetres thick – 24 per cent thinner than the current slimmest design, the 11-inch MacBook Air.

"We set a new standard for portability while enhancing its fundamental components, to deliver what we believe is the best MacBook yet," said Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

The milled aluminium case is now available in the same colour variations as the iPhone 6: gold and space grey as well as the typical silver.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

With a 12-inch Retina display, the screen is made up of 3 million pixels that use 30 per cent less energy than Apple's previous versions.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

The design incorporates a keyboard that spans the full width of its base, creating space for bigger keys.

The existing mechanism under each key, which turns a strike into an action for the computer to respond to, has been replaced with a new "butterfly" design to improve stability. Each key also has its own LED light to create uniform illumination.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

Its force-touch trackpad can identify between light and heavy pressure, enabling a range of touch-sensitive features, including changing the fast-forward speed for music or films by pressing harder.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

The machine runs on a Intel Core M processor and has a logic board – the printed circuits that run the computer – that is 67 per cent smaller than its counterpart in the 11-inch MacBook Air.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

As the new processor emits less heat than earlier models, the fan has been removed from the new MacBook – allowing the machine to run in silence. This is also one of the factors that has enabled the dramatic reduction in weight and thickness, along with a custom-shaped tiered battery that fits tightly within the case.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

Battery life has been extended to provide up to nine hours of internet browsing and 10 hours of iTunes movie playback.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

On the exterior is a port compatible with the new USB-C cable standard, which can be plugged in either way up and is up to twice as fast at transferring data compared to existing USB cables.

Shipping for the new Macbook Pro will begin 10 April.