Apple 12" MacBook (Early 2016, Space Gray)

Apple 12" MacBook (Early 2016, Space Gray)

Apple 12" MacBook (Early 2016, Space Gray)


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Product Highlights

  • 1.2 GHz Intel Core m5 Dual-Core
  • 8GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • 12" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2304 x 1440 Screen Resolution
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 515
  • 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • USB 3.0 Type-C Port
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra
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Apple MacBook overview

  • 1Description

With a Retina display and a thin, lightweight design, the space gray Apple 12" MacBook (Early 2016) provides both portability and performance. Measuring just 0.5" (13.1mm) thin and weighing only 2 pounds, the MacBook is compact yet still has a premium feel, thanks to its unibody design.

The MacBook features a 12" Retina display with 16:10 aspect ratio and 2304 x 1440 native resolution, which results in 226 pixels per inch (ppi). The display also has 178°-wide viewing angles. To deliver the total Retina experience on the MacBook, Apple redesigned the pixels to create a larger aperture, allowing more light to pass through. This enabled Apple to use LED backlighting that's 30 percent more energy efficient than the displays on other Mac notebooks with no loss in brightness.

Inside the MacBook you'll find the 6th-Gen (Skylake) Intel Core m5 processor, which is designed with 14-nanometer process technology. This means that the chip is packed with more transistors than the previous generation, for higher density and more efficient performance. Since the Intel Core m5 only draws 5 watts of power and generates less heat than its predecessors, Apple is able to omit the fan. Instead, the logic board, which is 67% smaller than the one in the 11" MacBook Air, is seated on top of an anisotropic graphite sheet, which helps disperse any heat that is generated out, to the sides. No fan also means the MacBook will be virtually silent. Even with its miniaturized internal components, the MacBook has an impressive capacity, featuring 8GB of fast, power-efficient 1866 MHz LPDDR3 onboard RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

Since the logic board is much smaller and there is no fan, Apple decided to use the remaining space in the MacBook to install a custom battery. The result is 35 percent more battery capacity than before, which adds up to 10 hours of web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback (battery life may vary depending on usage).

In order to maintain its thin and light design, the MacBook features a universal connectivity standard that combines the essential functions you need every day in one dynamic port. The USB Type-C port offers charging, quick USB 3.0 data transfer for connecting to external devices and peripherals, and video output that supports HDMI, VGA, and Mini DisplayPort connections. It is all in a reversible design that's one-third the size of the current USB port.

The Force Touch trackpad features Taptic Engine, which provides a click sensation when you press anywhere on the surface. The sensory capabilities of the Force Touch trackpad allow you to tell your MacBook what you want it to do, based on subtle differences in the amount of pressure you apply as well as providing haptic feedback.

The MacBook also embraces 802.11ac Wi-Fi for fast wireless Internet access. It also has Bluetooth 4.0 technology, which allows you to connect wirelessly to supported peripherals and accessories.


12" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
The 12" Retina display on the MacBook doesn't just have a high resolution, but it's also paper thin. In fact, it is just 0.03" (0.88mm). A specially developed automated manufacturing process forms the edge-to-edge glass that's only 0.02" (0.5mm) thick. And Apple reduced the space between display components for a tighter, more integrated design. The Retina display has a 2304 x 1440 native resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio. It also has 178° viewing angles, thanks to its IPS panel.

To deliver the Macbook's Retina experience, Apple redesigned the pixels to create a larger aperture, allowing more light to pass through. This enabled them to use LED backlighting that's 30 percent more energy efficient than the Retina display on previous models while still achieving the same level of brightness.
Force Touch Trackpad
The Force Touch trackpad may look like other trackpads on the surface, but it's what is underneath that makes it distinct. Force sensors detect how much pressure you're applying, and the Taptic Engine provides a click sensation when you press anywhere on the surface. Now, the click that once was a single, mechanical function is just the start of what you can do with Force Touch. The sensory capabilities of the Force Touch trackpad allow you to tell your MacBook what you want it to do based on subtle differences in the amount of pressure you apply. This makes it possible to perform a variety of different actions in different apps, all on the same surface. And it can respond with haptic feedback you can actually feel, making your MacBook more usable and personal.

Traditional trackpads use a "diving board" mechanism, which requires room underneath for the downward motion of a click and makes it harder to click the part of the surface closest to the keyboard. With the Force Touch trackpad, force sensors detect your click anywhere on the surface and move the trackpad laterally toward you, although the feel is the same familiar downward motion you're accustomed to in a trackpad. The Taptic Engine also provides haptic feedback, so instead of just seeing what's happening on the screen, you can feel it, too. The trackpad sends a tangible response to your fingertip when you perform certain tasks, like aligning annotations on a PDF.

In addition to the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures you may be familiar with – like scrolling, swiping, pinching, and rotating – Force Touch brings an added dimension to the Mac experience. The sensitivity is customizable, allowing you to adjust how much pressure is needed to register a click. And the trackpad can even tell whether you're clicking with your thumb or another finger and automatically adjusts the sensitivity level.
Redesigned Keyboard
Traditional keyboards use a scissor mechanism, which tends to wobble around the edges. This creates a lack of precision when you strike anywhere except the center of the key. Apple needed to reduce key wobbling for a keyboard this thin; otherwise, striking a key off-center could result in the keycap hitting bottom before a keystroke registers. So Apple designed a butterfly mechanism, which is wider than the scissor mechanism and has a single assembly made from a stiffer material – allowing for a more stable, responsive key that takes up less vertical space.

The redesigned keys on the MacBook feature a larger surface area, a thinner construction, and a deeper curvature, creating a more defined space for your fingertip to naturally find and press the keys. These refinements may be subtle, but the feel is distinct and intuitive. Combined with the butterfly mechanism, this innovative design allows for much greater control when typing.

Since the keyboard is thin, Apple had to address how to backlight the keys in a way that took up less space while delivering an even cleaner and more refined look and feel. To do that, Apple removed the row of LEDs and the light guide panel that distributed light throughout the keyboard and instead placed an individual LED under each key. These LEDs are calibrated for uniform brightness, so every key and character looks clear and sharp with minimal light around the keycap. All while being engineered for as much energy efficiency as possible.


Dual-Core 6th-Gen (Skylake) Intel Core m5 Performance
The 6th-Gen (Skylake) Intel Core m5 processor with 14nm process technology provides fast dual-core performance. The dual cores can run at a stock speed of 1.2 GHz and can boost up to 2.7 GHz as needed, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. With a 4MB L3 cache and 8GB of onboard 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, the MacBook provides fast and energy efficient performance.
USB 3.0 Type-C
To create a notebook as thin and light as the MacBook, Apple had to strive for efficiency in every detail, right down to how it connects to peripherals and power. So Apple contributed to a growing universal connectivity standard that combines the essential functions you need every day in one dynamic port. The USB Type-C port offers charging, quick USB 3.0 data transfer for connecting to external devices and peripherals, and video output that supports HDMI, VGA, and Mini DisplayPort connections. All in a small, reversible design that's one-third the size of a USB Type-A port.
Fast Flash Storage
Part of what makes MacBook so responsive is that it's designed entirely around flash storage. Not only does this make the MacBook much lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks, it also provides faster access to data. The flash storage is up to 9 times faster than a traditional 5400 rpm notebook hard drive.
Fast Memory
The MacBook features 8GB of onboard 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM. Combine that with powerful processors and faster flash storage and you get a notebook that can run more memory-intensive applications at the same time – without compromising performance.
802.11ac Wi-Fi: Three Times Faster
With an emphasis on mobile, the MacBook is equipped with 802.11ac Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. With AirPlay and Apple TV, you can wirelessly play video, show off photos, and enjoy music from your MacBook on your widescreen TV. And when your MacBook connects to an 802.11ac Wi‑Fi base station, such as AirPort Extreme or AirPort Time Capsule, your wireless performance is up to three times faster.

Operating System & Built-in Apps

Built-in Apps
The MacBook also comes with several built-in apps. You'll be able to take full advantage of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Time Machine, Photo Booth, Mac App Store, iTunes, Game Center, Preview, Notes, and Reminders. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are also free, but you'll have to download them from the Mac App Store. You'll need an Apple ID as well.

The Mac Experience

Environmentally Friendly Design
Apple worked to create a computer that is energy efficient, free of many toxins, and highly recyclable. Because Apple designs both hardware and software, the MacBook is able to use a highly efficient power supply that reduces wasted power. The computer is free of mercury and arsenic, and its internal components are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). When the computer reaches the end of its long life, you can rest assured that it can be recycled. It is constructed from materials that are highly desirable to recyclers. The MacBook has been awarded EPEAT Gold status for responsible manufacture, energy efficiency, and recyclability.
Tech Support
Have a problem with your Mac? Get support and advice at the Genius Bar, located at every Apple Retail Store. Apple also provides online tutorials, troubleshooting forums, and 90 days of phone support for users who aren't able to make it to an Apple store.
Optional AppleCare
Apple provides 90 days of free phone support and a 1-year limited hardware warranty on the computer. You can opt to add an AppleCare Protection Plan, at additional cost, which covers support and repairs for 3 years from the date of purchase. AppleCare can be purchased at any time within the first year of ownership of the computer.
In the Box
Apple 12" MacBook (Early 2016, Space Gray)
  • 29W USB Type-C Power Adapter
  • 6.56' (2m) USB Type-C Charge Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty with 90 Days of Free Telephone Support
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    Apple MacBook specs

    Processor Intel Core m5 Dual-Core
    Base Clock Speed 1.2 GHz
    Maximum Boost Speed 2.7 GHz
    Total Installed Memory 8 GB
    Maximum Memory Capacity 8 GB
    Memory Type LPDDR3 SDRAM
    Memory Speed 1866 MHz
    Onboard Memory 8 GB
    Available Memory Slots None
    Graphics Type Integrated
    GPU Intel HD Graphics 515
    Panel Type IPS
    Size 12"
    Aspect Ratio 16:10
    Native Resolution 2304 x 1440
    Finish Glossy
    Viewing Angle 178° Horizontal, 178° Vertical
    External Resolution Up to 3840 x 2160
    Total Capacity 512 GB
    Solid State Storage 1 x 512 GB Integrated PCIe
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
    Display 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 via Optional Cable
    1 x HDMI via Optional Cable
    1 x VGA via Optional Cable
    Audio 2 x Integrated Speaker
    2 x Integrated Microphone
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
    Network None
    Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5; Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
    Mobile Broadband None
    Webcam User-Facing
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
    Watt Hours / Type 41 Wh Non-Removable
    Maximum Runtime 10 Hours
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
    Power Supply 1 x 29 W
    Keyboard Keys: 78
    Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
    Pointing Device Force Touch Trackpad
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 11.0 x 0.5 x 7.7" / 27.9 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm
    Weight 2.03 lb / .92 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.2 x 9.6 x 3.5"

    Apple MacBook reviews

    12" MacBook (Early 2016, Space Gray) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and powerful enough This is very expensive for an ultabook type computer BUT it's very beautiful, handy and powerful enough for my needs. The keyboard takes a few days of getting used to especially for a touch typist like me. I played the game Type Fu for a few days and soon my fingers were able to adjust. Now for the most common complain I've read about this machine--the single USB-C port. This didn't bother me that much, I did buy the Apple USB-C adapter just in case I will need to plug in a portable hard drive. Lastly the 480p camera, this also didn't bother me that much, for occasional Facetime and Skype video calls, this does the job.
    Date published: 2016-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product!!! I needed a new laptop this summer before a deployment and was hoping a new Macbook Pro would come out, it did not. I debated between a Macbook Air or jumping ship from Apple and getting the Dell XPS 13. I was hesitant on the Macbook having only one port (usb-c), a smaller screen (12), and a intel core m processor. None of these issues have been a problem. On the go you don't really need any ports or I will use a small adaptor if i need to plug something in. I got the small usb to usb-c adaptor and a larger adaptor that lets you charge and also has an SD card slot with 2x USB3 slots. I've barely used the larger one. The retina display looks amazing and the smaller size has not been an issue. The processor seems adequate. It will run all the basic apps with no issue. It will even handle games (Tomb Raider/Kerbal Space Program). It may be a little sluggish if you are doing video or photo editing. Battery life has been 9-10 hours for general web surfing and FaceTime. 4-5 hours if playing a game. Having no fan noise is nice. I will mostly be using it for on the go and traveling. The second use will be sitting on my couch in my living room. The size, weight, and battery life are perfect for this.
    Date published: 2016-07-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from An amazing device - if it hadn't failed immediately. Received my 12 2016 MacBook quickly from BandH. Had it 4 days and was in the process of installing Parallels (free with my purchase of the MacBook) and setting up the device when I heard two short pops - then the screen went out. Chatted with Apple who had me try several key strokes to try and wake the screen back up. No change. Apple gave me the address to my closest Apple service center. Took my MacBook in for repairs and received a new screen and a new mother board before the issue was resolved. 4 days of a good machine and 10 days of repairs before it was back again. I'm currently in France on holiday and hoping the screen doesn't go out again !!! Hopefully this was a total fluke with my MacBook. Otherwise a great device and enjoying having it back again.
    Date published: 2016-07-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing laptop, with one hitch. It's light, it's thin, it's powerful, it's beautiful. The only drawback is the single usb-c input. It seems convenient, but it's actually kind of a pain in the butt. You can buy adaptors for ethernet, super-drive, usb-3, etc., but, like I said, pain in the butt. All things being equal, I'd probably go for an earlier version with multiple ports.
    Date published: 2016-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best mac I've ever owned Unbelievably small and light. I use it every day and it's faster than my old MacBook Pro.
    Date published: 2016-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Travel Laptop! For home use I have a MacBook Pro 13, excellent performance, but at almost 4 lbs it is heavy to bring with me on vacations to review and edit my pictures. Welcome the MacBook 12; weighting only 2 lbs it is significantly lighter. Its processor is a bit slower than the processor of the MacBook Pro, but it is easy to trade off some processing power to shave 1/2 the weight of the MacBook Pro. I took the MacBook 12 computer with me to a 16-day Europe trip visiting 4 countries. There was a lot a train traveling, packing and unpacking. However, carrying the MacBook 12 computer was not a chore at all. I put it in my carry on bag and did not even think about it. I got the one with 512GB of flash memory so I will not run out of space in a vacation. Plus I have plenty of space to download movies, magazines and books. If you are looking for the LIGHTEST travel laptop computer to review, edit, and manipulate your pictures while traveling, I highly recommend getting the MacBook 12 computer!
    Date published: 2017-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible deal on a great computer The computer was shipped to me fast, and it works great! I was thrilled when I found out about the deal that I could get through B&H. I saved several hundred dollars as compared to what I would have paid if I had gone through Apple directly. I'll definitely be coming back to B&H for future purchases.
    Date published: 2017-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I wanted! After 20+ years of PC use, building, repairing, etc., I made the move to an iMac in Jan 2016, as a natural progression to go with all the other Apple products in my life (iPhone, iPad, Watch, Apple TV, etc.). Could not have been happier. I then began the search for an Apple laptop for my frequent travel. Not needing a powerhouse device, I soon decided on the 12 MacBook. I waited until the new MacBook Pro's were released, and my initial decision was reaffirmed. I've now had this model (silver, M5 processor, 512GB SSD) for one month and could not be happier. It fulfills my ultraportable travel needs perfectly. I've even done some photo editing in Lightroom and Photoshop and it performs remarkably well. There are some apps that seem to run even faster than my iMac, probably due to the SSD in this model vs my iMac's Fusion drive. So, if you are looking for a laptop with the ultimate in portability, great battery life, unreal screen resolution, and Apple reliability, I don't believe there is a better choice. This device has quickly made my list of if I broke/lost it today, I'd buy it again tomorrow items in my life. Best purchase I've made in a long time. You will NOT regret it.
    Date published: 2017-01-30
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