Apple announces MacBook update

From Apple’s official press release:

Apple® today updated MacBook® with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life, making the thinnest and lightest Mac® better than ever. Featuring an all-metal unibody enclosure, MacBook is now available in four aluminum finishes — gold, silver, space gray, and for the first time on a Mac, a gorgeous rose gold. With a stunning 12-inch Retina® display, highly responsive full-size keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port and all-day battery life in a design that is just 2 pounds and 13.1 mm thin, MacBook is the future of the notebook.


The updated MacBook features 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. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier.

It’ll be interesting to see the benchmarks on this new version. I’d love a cheaper machine that can handle smaller Xcode builds and lightweight rendering.

And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes® movie playback, MacBook is the perfect notebook for all day, on-the-go computing.

Here’s a link to Apple’s official MacBook Learn More site.

Interestingly, as of this writing, the Buy link leads to a page with this message:

The page you’re looking for can’t be found.

I suspect that will change soon.

The Buy link is now up.

  • Caleb Hightower

    Is Apple no longer interested in the ‘Pro’? Haven’t seen a significant update in years.

  • JimCracky

    This is an update that seems to have been done because these are the parts currently available.

    And that one port of a previous spec- and no new thunderbolt 3 (you know, the tech they so boldly embraced) well, sir…that’s innovation.

    Oh, it comes in Rose Gold. That ought to make it worth 1300US

  • Brad Fortin

    Aw, no Thunderbolt 3.

  • nutmac

    Considering Skylake M was available last fall, it is very disappointing that nothing else has changed for this silent update (unless you count Rose Gold as new feature).

    • rj

      How can you tell it isn’t using Skylake M? They did update the Intel Integrated video. I’m disappointed there’s no Thunderbolt 3, but perhaps it wasn’t possible this year.

      • rj

        Also would like to see one with an LTE option, but it seems that Apple is never going to do that.

  • monadical

    Nice specs. Great for really basic operations. With only 8GB, not for development or any serious media processing. MBP is the way to go for that. Looking forward to next MBP update.

  • I read “nice battery bump” to mean something different. Had to go look at photos to make sure they hadn’t added a iPhone battery case style hump.

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