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This article was published on April 19, 2016

Apple refreshes the MacBook with better specs and a Rose Gold option

Apple refreshes the MacBook with better specs and a Rose Gold option
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Today, Apple is releasing new MacBooks with upgraded specs and introducing a new color option: Rose Gold.

The new MacBook will have sixth generation dual-core Intel Core M processors with speeds of up to 1.3 GHz during normal use, and a Turbo Boost feature which gets you 3.1 GHz. The current top-end, off-the-shelf MacBook is capable of 1.2 GHz under normal load with a speed boost of up to 2.6 GHz.

Apple also packed in an 1866 MHz memory, new Intel HD Graphics 515 (which is about 25 percent faster than the existing MacBook’s Intel 5300 GPU) and a faster PCIe-based flash storage.

New MacBooks will also get a battery life bump as well. Apple claims the new MacBook can get 10 hours of Wi-Fi Web browsing or 11 hours of iTunes playback.

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Oh yeah — you can get it in Rose Gold, too. As design goes, nothing has changed; there’s no new hinge as has been rumored, and we’re still dealing with one USB-C port. It’s the same MacBook Apple introduced last year, just with beefed up specs and a new color.

Apple also subtly improved the Air lineup, though it’s not quite as sexy as the MacBook news: 8GB of memory is now standard across the board for all 13-inch MacBook Air configurations.

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