Apple 12-inch MacBooks get refreshed

macbook 12 2016Apple has released a new range of 12-inch Retina MacBooks, the new models get updated processor as well as the introduction of the popular Rose Gold colour option.

The new 12-inch Retina MacBooks come with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics, faster storage and also an improved battery that give an extra hour of usage.

The lineup means Apple now offers the MacBook in the same colours as its iOS devices – Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold.

For the 13-inch MacBook Air, Apple has also made 8 GB RAM the standard spec across every configuration.

The new MacBooks get the sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, and faster 1866 MHz memory.

macbook 12 2016 laptop 2016 spreadNew Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier — from launching apps to opening files. And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback.

The USB-C port appears identical and does not support Thunderbolt 3 as some rumours had suggested.

Apple’s UK site is not yet displaying prices but I am sure those will appear soon.

You get the option of a pair of configurations. In the US, if you spend $1299 you can get a Retina MacBook with a 1.1 GHz processor, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB storage. Throw down another $300 and this gets you a faster processor and 512 GB of flash memory.

MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac we have ever made and it’s our vision for the future of the notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are going to love this update to MacBook, with the latest processors, faster graphics, faster flash storage, longer battery life and a beautiful rose gold finish.”

You can find out more details about the 2016 range of 12-inch Retina MacBook’s over at Apple. UK prices should appear soonish.