All of the attention today has understandably been on the start of iPhone X pre-orders, and the fact that the phone has been sold out but that has not stopped Apple from also releasing an altogether less inspiring product, with a new leather sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook now available to order from Apple’s website.
The Leather Sleeve for 12-inch MacBook, as it’s affectionately known by Apple, looks very similar to a sleeve that the company also sells for its iPad Pro, and is available in either Saddle Brown or Midnight Blue color options.
Unlike the iPad offering however, this MacBook version has a slit along the edge of the sleeve allowing the device to be easily inserted or removed. Moving to the bottom of the sleeve, you will notice for feet areas for the MacBook’s own feet to sit in, and the MacBook can even be charged whilst in situ thanks to a space for a USB-C cable, too. However, all of this though means that the sleeve is not cheap – none of Apple’s leather products are what we would call inexpensive though, so this really should not come as a surprise.
Costing $149 each, the sleeves’ high price is somewhat justified by Apple’s use of high quality European leather. There’s a soft microfiber interior that should ensure your MacBook does not get scratched in place as well.
Apple’s new leather sleeves are available to order now, with 1-business day delivery. That’s a very quick turnaround compared to the delivery estimates aligned to Apple’s other big store update today – the iPhone X – but we also suspect there will not be quite the demand for it, either.
The release of these new leather sleeves would suggest a new 12-inch MacBook is not on the cards any time soon, unless of course Apple already knows that any refresh would not change the dimensions of its diminutive notebook.
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