Apple Updates MacBook: Skylake Processors, Faster RAM, Longer Battery Life, New Finish


The redesigned MacBook, which was introduced last year by Apple, received some performance updates on April 19th, 2016. The updated MacBook can come with a 6th-Gen Skylake Intel® Core™ m3, m5, or m7 processor, which provides a base speed of 1.1 GHz, 1.2 GHz, and 1.3 GHz, respectively. With Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, the processors can have a boost speed of 2.2 GHz, 2.7 GHz, and 3.1 GHz, respectively. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 515 delivers up to 25 percent faster graphics performance.

The updated MacBook also features 8GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, which is an improvement over the 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM of its predecessor. The 256GB or 5126GB PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier, such as 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, MacBook is the notebook for all-day, on-the-go computing.

While the MacBook features performance updates, it still maintains a 12" Retina Display with 16:10 aspect ratio and a 2304 x 1440 screen resolution, which results in 226 pixels per inch (ppi). The display also has a 178-degree-wide viewing angle. A specially developed automated manufacturing process forms the thin edge-to-edge glass that's only 0.5mm thick.

To maintain its thin and light design, the updated MacBook still features the USB Type-C port, which 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 with optional adapters—all in a small, reversible design that’s one-third the size of the current USB port. It's also reversible so you can plug it in either way.

The MacBook will be available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and now Rose Gold.