Apple Launches Updated MacBook and MacBook Air

Apple:

Apple® today updated MacBook® with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life, making the thinnest and lightest Mac® better than ever. Featuring an all-metal unibody enclosure, MacBook is now available in four aluminum finishes — gold, silver, space gray, and for the first time on a Mac, a gorgeous rose gold. With a stunning 12-inch Retina® display, highly responsive full-size keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port and all-day battery life in a design that is just 2 pounds and 13.1 mm thin, MacBook is the future of the notebook…
The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, and faster 1866 MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier — from launching apps to opening files.* And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes® movie playback, MacBook is the perfect notebook for all day, on-the-go computing.

A few thoughts:

  • Surprisingly small update. Second-gen Apple laptops (and products in general) tend to be major overhauls. I presume the speed changes are significant, however the specs and design are still extraordinarily similar to the previous generation.
  • On the one port — Anyone who thought this was changing was relying on hope since this thing launched. Apple would never have launched a device with one port, a huge statement to make, and then backtrack. It would have been as if the second-gen Air had gotten a CD drive.
  • I do, however, think we’re close to getting what is equivocally this device, but with all the ports and specs everyone has been praying for, in an updated MacBook Pro, which was noticeably left alone today. WWDC?
  • Rose Gold looks nice.

Also, Apple slightly updated the internals of the MacBook Air, and you can now get a 13-inch MacBook Air with an i5 and 8GB of RAM standard at $999.

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