Apple is updating its 12 inch MacBook. The 2016 model is still thin, light, and powered by an Intel Core M processor, much like last year’s model. But the new version comes with a choice of Intel Core M3, M5, or M7 Skylake processors, longer battery life, and four color options.
Prices start at $1,299 for a model with a Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
The laptop has the same 12 inch, 2304 x 1440 pixel IPS display as last year’s model, and it still has just a single USB-C port which is used for charging and connecting peripherals (including everything from flash drives to displays). You’ll need a dock, hub, or adapter if you want to charge the laptop and connect accessories at the same time.
Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel HD 515 graphcis (with support for 3840 x 2160 pixel output to an external display, a 480p FaceTime camera, stereo speakers, and dual microphones.
Apple now offers a rose gold version of the MacBook in addition to the gold, grey, and silver options that had previously been available.
The laptop has a 41.4 Wh battery for up to 10 hours of run time while surfing the web, a backlit keyboard, and a 29W USB-C power adapter.
Apple’s MacBook isn’t the thinnest laptop on the market. But it’s still pretty svelte, measuring just 0.52 inches at its thickest point. And it weighs just over 2 pounds.
Apple has also made a small update to the MacBook Air lineup: the 13 inch model now comes standard with 8GB of RAM instead of 4GB.
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