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Apple Updates 12-Inch MacBook With Skylake Processors, Faster Graphics, Longer Battery Life, and Rose Gold

Apple today announced that it has released new 12-inch MacBook models with the latest sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, new Intel HD Graphics 515 that deliver up to 25% faster performance, faster PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life, and faster 1866 MHz memory.

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The ultra-thin notebook has the same all-metal unibody enclosure that remains 13.1 mm thick and weighs just 2 pounds, with a full-sized butterfly mechanism keyboard and Force Touch trackpad. Like the original model, the new 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents.

The notebook continues to have a 12-inch display with a 2,304-by-1,440 resolution at 226 PPI, single USB 3.1 Type-C port, 256GB or 512GB flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 480p FaceTime camera, stereo speakers, dual microphones, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The one-hour improvement to battery life, which is now up to 10 hours, was achieved not only by more efficient Skylake processors, but also due to a larger 41.4-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. The original 12-inch MacBook has a slightly smaller 39.7-watt-hour battery that lasts up to 9 hours per charge.

The refreshed 12-inch MacBook models are available through Apple's online store starting today, and at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers starting tomorrow. The base 1.1GHz Core m3 model costs $1,299, while the faster 1.2GHz Core m5 model costs $1,599. The 1.3GHz Core m7 is a $250 upgrade.

In addition to Rose Gold, the 12-inch MacBook remains available in existing Gold, Silver, and Space Gray colors.

Apple has also made 8GB of memory standard across all 13-inch MacBook Air configurations.

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12 months ago
Still a single USB-C port (FFS!)
Intel HD Graphics 515
480p FaceTime camera (is this some sort of sick joke?)
No DDR4 RAM
Rating: 93 Votes
12 months ago
Barely 1 minute in and already >10 complainers.
If you complain it is NOT for you.
Rating: 81 Votes
12 months ago
wat ?!

again 1 USB-C even without thunderbolt support ? #fail
Rating: 80 Votes
12 months ago
Cue the wailing and gnashing of the teeth from people expecting TB3 and a 2nd USB-C port...
Rating: 57 Votes
12 months ago
Good.. how about updating the Mac Mini and Mac Pro now?
Rating: 48 Votes
12 months ago

One of the worst things you could do to your battery (phone, laptop, iPad) is to constantly plug and plug it; and that's exactly what a single port does for this one.

Wonder how bad the battery will be after a year or so of use

Sure, completely ignore the engineering Apple does for their complete battery systems and instead parrot common wisdom from the 90's. I'm sure that will get you somewhere....
Rating: 40 Votes
12 months ago

Barely 1 minute in and already >10 complainers.
If you complain it is NOT for you.

Barely 2 minutes into it and here we have a complainer complaining about the complainers! At least the complainers complain about the Mac. You are complaining about people.

I actually come here to read the complaints. I wish Apple would. Maybe that would inspire a bit more innovation. This update is a big let down.
Rating: 40 Votes
12 months ago
Uhhhhhhh, no thanks. No Thunderbolt 3 support? Still rocking that 480p camera? Seems lacklustre, you'd think after an entire year later they'd do a bit more.
Rating: 32 Votes
12 months ago
Did anybody seriously think, Apple would add another USB port? Guys, come on.
Rating: 29 Votes
12 months ago

Barely 1 minute in and already >10 complainers.
If you complain it is NOT for you.


This model is and has NEVER been for people that need multiple ports on a regular basis. Thankfully Apple has TWO other models that can handle that. Such idiocy that there are so many whiners on this.
Rating: 26 Votes

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