After what seems like forever Apple has updated its laptop offerings with a new version of its 12-inch MacBook. Skylate processors have finally come to the Macbook along with improved graphics, boosted battery life, and a rose gold edition.
Two new MacBook's with Skylake processors boast an impressive upgrade when compared to the Intel Core M Broadwell processors in the previous MacBook.
The $1,199 model comes with a 64-bit 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz, 4MB L3 cache, and 256GB of PCIe-based onboard flash storage.
The $1,599 model has a 64-bit 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz, 4MB L3 cache, and 512GB of PCIe-based onboard flash storage.
Each model has the option to upgrade the processor to a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 4MB L3 cache for an additional fee.
All MacBook models come standard with 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR memory and Intel HD Graphics 515 with support for a resolution of 2304-by-1440 pixels. The MacBook still has a single USB-C port that can deliver 100 watts of power, 10Gbps data transfer speeds, and can be used to connect external displays.
Like the previous MacBook, the laptop measures 11.04 x 7.74 x 0.52 inches (the end towards the user tapers to 0.14 inches), and weighs 2.03 pounds.
Apple claims that the battery life has improved, stating 10 hours of “wireless web browsing” and 11 hours of ”iTunes movie playback.” That’s a boost of an hour for each usage over the previous MacBook.
Apple added a rose gold finish to the MacBook lineup to go with the gold, silver, and space gray options.
Apple also announced that the standard configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Air now comes with 8GB of memory instead of 4GB.