MacBook: Apple upgrades its thinnest, lightest laptop


Along with the
MacBook Pro
, Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers
an upgrade for the MacBook.

The MacBook is Apple’s ultraportable laptop, trading
portability for speed and connectivity. It has a slower
processor than the Mac Pro, and it has one USB-C port. For
frequent travelers, it could be the ideal laptop.

One thing that hasn’t changed about the MacBook is the color
choices. Apple offers four finishes: Gold, Rose Gold, Space
Gray, and Silver.

Faster processors and solid-state drives

The main new feature in the new MacBook is that it sports
seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors. The previous
MacBook used sixth-generation Skylake processors. You’ll see a
speed boost, but how much of a boost remains to be seen.
Macworld plans on doing a full review for the new laptop soon.

Apple also said during the WWDC keynote that all of its laptops
now have solid-state drives that feature a 50 percent speed

Models and prices

Apple offers two standard configuration and each model can be
customized, which can drive up the price. You also have four
colors to choose from: Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver.
Here are the key specifications for the two models.

1.2GHz dual-core Core m3 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD,
Intel HD Graphics 615 (integrated), one USB-C port

1.3GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB SSD,
Intel HD Graphics 615 (integrated), one USB-C port

How to buy a MacBook

You can buy a new MacBook Pro directly from
Apple online
. Check the Apple website for ship dates, since
the laptops may not be available immediately. You can also
visit a retail Apple store
near you

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