Apple has just announced the second generation of its line of MacBooks 12-inch Retina display, featuring new Intel processors, graphics performance improvements, faster flash memory and an extra hour of battery life.
Keeping the same aluminum monoblock housing (unibody) only 13.1mm thick and weighing 0.92kg, MacBooks also get Apple's fourth official "color": rose gold, which joins the three existing ones (space gray, silver and gold).
New MacBooks Bring Intel Core M Processors dual core 6th generation ?Skylake? with up to 1.3GHz (with Turbo boost up to 3.1GHz), 1,866MHz faster LPDDR3 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 515 (promising up to 25% better graphics performance), PCIe interface-based flash memory and a ?all-day? battery that promises up to 10 hours Web browsing or up to 11 hours of movie playback through iTunes.
Unfortunately Apple seems not to have heard the cheering from the crowd and kept only a single USB-C port on the machine (not yet supported for Thunderbolt 3), betting on a totally wireless world (wireless) with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The FaceTime camera also remains limited to a resolution of 480p.
The updated line will be available as of today in the United States, starting at $ 1,300 for an Intel Core m3 configuration. dual core 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM and 256GB flash memory. The Intel Core m5 version dual core 1.2GHz, 8GB and 512GB come out for $ 1,600.
For the price difference, MacBooks Air continues to sell. New to Apple today has made 8GB of standard memory in all its 13 inch configurations.
Nothing else has changed in the Airs.
Update · 04/19/2016 s 11:35 AM
Barely launching the new MacBooks, Apple has already released a Bluetooth Update for them focused on enhancing compatibility with third party Bluetooth devices.
The 157.8MB upgrade requires OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 or later.
Update II · 04/19/2016 s 12:43 PM
The new 13-inch MacBooks and MacBooks Air with 8GB RAM are now available for purchase in Brazil, all shipping in 2-3 weeks. Apple has readjusted (down, fortunately) the prices of various Macs around here.
Update III · 04/19/2016 s 13:52
Christina Warren of Mashable, already has the new MacBook in hand and ran a test of benchmark fur Geekbench. The tested version is 1.2GHz.
First Geekbench results from the new MacBook (1.2Ghz) pic.twitter.com/WqLo4Ymz4z
– Christina Warren (@film_girl) April 19, 2016
This gives us 15-20% higher CPU performance than the previous model.