Apple has updated its 12-inch MacBook line of laptops with faster processors, Retina display, USB-C port and Force Touch trackpad. Apple’s thinnest MacBook with more processing power than in the form of Intel’s new Skylake processors (Core M) which can be clocked from 1.3GHz to 3.1GHz, Intel HD Graphics 515 and PCIe SSDs. The devices will be available in Gold, Silver, Space Grey and Rose Gold options. The RAM on the MacBook has also been bumped up to 1866MHz. The 12-inch MacBook gets the biggest update in the form of updated internals and a Rose Gold option. The 13-inch MacBook Air also gets updated and gets 8GB RAM as standard.
New Processors: More power
The latest MacBook gets the newest Intel Core M processors, including the 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3, the 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 and the 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 processors. Performance will be further improved by the new Intel HD Graphics 515, which will be up to 25% faster than the graphics in last year’s MacBook. Apple has also added faster PCIe-based flash storage, which will reduce app load times and improve multi-tasking performance. The other benefit of these new processors would be the enhanced battery life, which could now touch the “all-day” mark.
RAM: All about the fundamentals
Apple has made 8GB RAM standard across all variants of this MacBook, irrespective of whether you pick the Core m3, Core m5 or the Core m7 processor option.
Design: Gorgeous, and then some
Last year, when the 12-inch MacBook was unveiled, it was surely a head turner, thanks to the super slick design and the all-aluminium unibody chassis. The new model retains a similar design, but also gets the new rose gold colour option, also seen on the latest generation of iPhones and iPads. The other colour options are gold, silver and space grey. And there has been no change in terms of the thickness—it is 13.1mm at its thickest point, and weighs less than 1kg.
What hasn’t changed?
The updated MacBook retains the 12-inch Retina display as last year’s version, and also still includes a single USB Type-C port, for charging and connecting external accessories such as storage and displays. The latter may still remain the stumbling block for a lot of users, who would perhaps like to leave an external storage drive connected at all times and not have to interchange it with the power cord when the MacBook battery needs to be charged.
The updated MacBook will be available with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of flash storage for Rs.1,06,900, and the 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 variant with 8GB RAM and 512GB of flash storage will be priced at Rs.1,29,900.
An upgrade to sixth generation Skylake chips mean that the MacBook should get a bump in battery life as well as performance. The updated graphics chip alone should improve performance by 25%, claims Apple. Apple also claims that you will be able to extract 10 hours of web browsing and 11 hours of movie playback on iTunes on the MacBook.
“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.”