Apple Set to Launch New Retina Macbooks ahead of June’s WWDC

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9 to 5 Mac– Apple has today released an update to the 12 inch Retina MacBook line, with new Skylake processors, overall better performance, and a new color: Rose Gold. The new internals have also allowed Apple to grab an extra hour of battery life out of the same sized product. The MacBook refresh keeps the same thin chassis, the same edge-to-edge keyboard and the same single USB-C port design as the original Retina MacBook, released about a year ago. The new Retina MacBook costs the same as before, starting at $1299.

The lineup means Apple now offers the MacBook in the same colors as its iOS devices, Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. For the 13 inch MacBook Air, Apple has also made 8 GB RAM the standard spec across every configuration. More specs after the jump.

The new MacBooks include sixth-generation Intel Core M processors, with clock speeds from 1.1 GHz to 1.2 GHz. The new integrated graphics are up to 25% faster than the previous generation. The USB-C port appears identical and does not support Thunderbolt 3 as some rumors had suggested. The MacBook comes in two configurations. For $1299, you can get a Retina MacBook with a 1.1 GHz processor, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB storage. A more expensive $1599 configuration is also available with a faster processor and 512 GB of flash memory.

In a somewhat surprising move ahead of Apple’s WWDC conference announced for June 13th, Apple has today released an update to its Retina Macbook line. The computer boasts the new Skylake m7 processor that Apple has been recently touting, as well as 8GB standard RAM. This new macbook also comes with a new color addition for all of the Rose Gold fanatics of the recent iPhone 6s. At a pretty steep price-point, the cheaper $1299 model seems a bit lacking with only 1.1 GHz of processing power and 256GB of internal storage. 

Overall, the update seems kind of boring compared with the MBP upgrades that Apple fans have been waiting for. Although most people predict an upgrade for the aging Macbook Pro line in the WWDC in June, buyers still were upset to hear that the new Macbook line was updated again before the MBP refresh. Others are upset to find that this most likely means the end of the Macbook Air line. This new Retina Macbook will pack a punch for its small 12-inch frame, but only time will tell if this model will be picked up in favor of the WWDC additions.

-KJ

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