Apple's new MacBook: Everything you need to know

Apple has launched its latest 12-inch MacBook, debuting the popular Rose Gold finish for the first time in its MacBook range.

The new MacBook retains the dimensions of the 12-inch MacBook launched last year but will feature upgraded processors and graphics and a longer battery life.


The latest sixth-generation Intel Core M processor in the new MacBook will hum at 1.3 GHz of power but will deliver up to 3.1 GHz of power on Turbo Boost. It will also offer 1866 MHz of memory and will work with an Intel HD Graphics 515 card that will deliver 25 per cent faster graphics performance compared to the one in the existing MacBook.

Thanks to an upgraded battery, the new MacBook will support up to  10 hours of web browsing and 11 hours of movie playback which is a record for the MacBook range. Like in the existing MacBook, a USB Type-C port will also enable faster charging as well as quicker file transfer between devices.

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The new MacBook features LED-lit keys which you will be able to recognise easily in low light conditions. These keys offer more surface area and are 40 per cent thinner than the ones in MacBook Air. The keyboard will also feature a pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad which will let you enjoy a range of options on the device by changing pressure levels with your fingers.

If you already own a MacBook Air, you will be able to gauge the difference between your device and the new MacBook in an instant. MacBook features a logic board that is 67 per cent smaller than the one in MacBook Air and you will also be able to charge it wirelessly thanks to new wireless technologies introduced by Apple. The MacBook is also 24 per cent lighter than the MacBook Air despite being larger by an inch.

With the fragile environment in hindsight, the MacBook has been kept arsenic-free, mercury-free, BVR-free, PVC-free, beryllium-free as well as being easily recyclable. We cannot fault Apple now if it boasts that the MacBook is the most energy-efficient device in the world.

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"MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac we have ever made and it’s our vision for the future of the notebook. Customers are going to love this update to MacBook, with the latest processors, faster graphics, faster flash storage, longer battery life and a beautiful rose gold finish," said Philip Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple.

Pricing and availability

With prices starting at £1,049, the new MacBook will be available in stores starting today. The £1,049 variant will come with 1.1GHz Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB memory and 256GB of flash storage and the £1,299 variant will feature a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor, 8GB memory and 512GB of flash storage.

You will be able to order a more powerful variant through Configure-to-order options. This will bring in a 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 processor, 8GB RAM and either 256GB or 512GB or storage.

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