Apple Releases New 12inch Retina MacBook

12inch Retina Macbook 2016

Apple have released an update to the 12-inch Retina MacBook line, initially launched in 2015. With WWDC 16 only two months away, the silent update has seen hardware bumps in the low-end portable netbooks.

Today, Apple released an update to the 12-inch Retina MacBook line with new Skylake processors – which have been available from Intel for over four months. This new line-up boasts a better performance, more colour choices and up to an extra hour on battery life.

Despite rumours that Apple are dropping the aluminium finish on the iPhone 7, the new Retina MacBook line has the added option of a Rose Gold colourway.

This year’s early Retina MacBook refresh keeps the same ultra-thin chassis, edge-to-edge keyboard and USB-C port design. The Retina display is also a feature carried over from the debut line released in 2015.

The most notable talking-points are:

  • 8GB RAM as the standard spec across the line
  • 6th Generation (Skylake) Intel Core M processor with clock speeds between 1.1GHz to 1.2GHz
  • Improved integrated graphics with Skylake processors
  • No Thunderbolt 3 support via USB-C peripheral port

The entry-level Retina MacBook now starts at £1049 and comes with 8GB RAM, 256GB flash-based storage and a 1.1GHz dual-core M3 processor. The only available upgrade is to the £1299 model with improved storage and processor.

Retina MacBook 2016 specs


Though the price has remained the same, a year on from the debut and initial pricing structure, the under-powered machines are still criticised as being expensive. Many critics have argued that the processor included in these netbooks is the equivalent of those found in most high-end smartphones.

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