Apple Launches MacBook 2016 With Intel Skylake Processor, Longer Battery Life

Apple, on Tuesday, announced a refresh for its 12-inch MacBook laptop. The 2016 MacBook comes with an Intel Skylake processor — sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M model, offering up to 1.3 GHz clock speed with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1 GHz, faster 1866 MHz memory, and a ‘rose gold’ color variant. Apple assures 10 hours of wireless Web browsing time, or 11 hours of movie playback on a single charge. The new model will hit retail stores on Wednesday. It starts at $1,299 for the 256GB SSD and 8GB (up from 4GB) version, and goes all the way up to $1,599 for the top-of-the-line model which offers 512GB SSD. A couple of points: the first-generation MacBook didn’t fare well with reviewers and plenty of users alike. Second, today’s announcement also hints that the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro lineups won’t be getting the Intel Skylake upgrade for at least a few more months. Which is really sad, because at present, they are running almost three-year-old processor and graphics chips. No wonder, Oculus executive made fun of Apple’s computers.


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