Apple’s 2016 MacBook. Photo: AppleApple has today updated its diminutive 12-inch MacBook, adding new processors and the option for a ‘rose gold’ (aka pink metal) finish, but sticking with the one-USB-port design that many fans were critical of the first time around.
Originally introduced in March last year, the machine known simply as ‘MacBook’ now comes with an Intel Skylake processor in both models, not just the high-end version, and also features a snappier graphics processor. It still comes with 8GB of RAM across the board, but its battery has been bumped up slightly which should combine with the economy of the Skylake to deliver several more hours of usage.
The most notable aspect of the update is what has not been changed, namely the single USB-C port that must be used for charging, connecting storage devices, connecting peripherals and outputting video. Doing any more than one of those things at a time will require the use of adapters or hubs, which was a major complaint thrown at the original MacBook and looks to still be a sticking point a year later.And the worst: New MacBook with HDMI a dongle and then another USBS dongle and accessories. Dongle hell! pic.twitter老域名/p9Al8v03ZK— Raymond Wong (@raywongy) March 10, 2015
Of course the minimalist design allows for a very thin and light laptop (1.31cm at its thickest point, 920 grams), and Apple would surely suggest that most workflows could be managed wirelessly using iCloud, AirPlay and Bluetooth. You might also argue that if somebody wanted portability and ports, there are several models of MacBook Air and Macbook Pro available which let you add USB accessories to your heart’s content.
Speaking of adding stuff, the 2016 MacBook comes with a modest price bump as well. While this time last year you’d pay $1799 for the 256GB model and $2199 for the 512GB (which also has a faster processor), the 2016 models are $1999 and $2449 respectively.
You can order one from today directly from Apple.
2016 MacBook specs:12-inch LED display at 2304 x 1440Intel Core m3 at 1.1Ghz, or Intel Core m5 at 1.2Ghz8GB RAM256GB flash storage or 512GB flash storageIntel HD Graphics 515480p FaceTime camera
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