It's been a little over a year since Apple introduced the ultra-thin MacBook, so that means it's about time for a refresh. For its spiced-up MacBook, Apple retained the overall design from last year's model while upgrading a few key pieces of hardware and adding a new color option.
The big changes in this MacBook are primarily under the hood. The base model is now powered by a Skylake Intel Core m3 processor clocked at 1.1GHz. The higher-priced MacBook offers a 1.2GHz Core m5, and a 1.3GHz Core m7 is also available as an optional upgrade. These dual-core processors have a maximum TDP of 4.5W. Apple claims the Intel HD Graphics 515 IGP in these CPUs is good for up to 25% better graphics performance than last year's chips.
Apple also decided to upgrade the RAM for all models of the MacBook. Now, even the base model ships with 8GB of 1866MHz DDR3 RAM. Last but not least, Apple managed to squeeze in an extra hour of battery life. The company claims that the new MacBook can browse the web on battery for up to ten hours.
Like last year's MacBook, the refreshed version is thin and light. It's only 13.1mm thick and it weighs about two pounds. The display remains a 12" IPS panel with a native resolution of 2304×1400. As before, the only ports on the device are a USB 3.1 Type-C connector and a headphone jack. It's a shame the company didn't upgrade the USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support while it was under the hood.
Like Apple's other new products this year, the MacBook is now available in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold—or, as the rest of the world calls it, pink. $1300 gets you the Core m3 processor and 256GB of PCIe flash storage. The more expensive $1600 model sports the Core m5 and 512GB of storage. Both options are available now through Apple's online store.