The new MacBook has already inspired choruses of "I want it!" Beautiful as it might be, unless all you want is a portable, elegant machine that can handle the basics, the latest Geekbench scores might persuade you into just getting a Retina Pro instead.
At least it's not a Chromebook
To get the MacBook as slim as it is now, Apple had to pare down the specs to run on Intel's Core M platform. One made for more battery life and portability but not so much for power. The latest numbers for the GeekBench database (test run on a MacBook running a 1.1GHz Core M-5Y31) are1,924 and 2,044 for single-core testing with multi-core scores being 4,038 and 4,475. In contrast the MacBook Pro Retina scored 3,007 in the single-core test and 6,596 for multi-cores.
Windows Ultrabooks tested also showed marginally better scores than the MacBook. Overall, it seems that even the entry-level Air whups the 2015 MacBook's behind in the performance stakes which isn't good if Apple plans to sell a lot of MacBooks in April when they come out.