Apple has quietly released an update to their 12″ MacBook lineup, with newer processors, improved graphics, faster memory, faster PCIe flash storage, longer battery life, and the addition of an all new Rose Gold model.

All models continue to offer a Retina 12″ display in the same ultra-thin and lightweight enclosure, available in the four distinct aluminum color options of Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold.

MacBook 12″ (early 2016) base model specs

  • 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3, Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 515
  • Starts at $1299

MacBook 12″ (early 2016) better model specs

  • 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5, Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 515
  • Starts at $1599

Aside from small differences in CPU, the primary differentiation between the base model and upgraded model are the size of the flash storage.
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Minor customizations are available through processor upgrades that range from $150 to $250. There remains no 16GB or 32GB RAM option however, as the machine is capped at 8GB, and the SSD storage sizes are not upgradable either.
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Separately, the non-Retina MacBook Air 13″ models received a minor update and now come standard with 8GB of RAM.

No change has been made to the MacBook Pro, however it’s likely the MacBook Pro model will get a fairly significant upgrade later in the year. Current rumors suggest the upcoming MacBook Pro will likely offer a redesigned thinner enclosure, improved specs, lighter weight, and the same four color option (Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold) as other Apple products.
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