Apple has announced the refresh for their MacBook and MacBook Air laptop lineup. This is in line with Apple's yearly tradition of updating atleast one model of their laptop range, which happens to be the MacBook this time. The Macbook Air also has got one serious update, something we'll talk about later in this article.
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Here is all the good and bad about Apple's Macbook range that has been given a refresh months before WWDC 2016.
Better processors and graphics
Apple has updated its Macbook range with the new set of Intel Core M processors that arrived earlier this year. The 1.1 GHz Intel Core m3, the 1.2 GHz Intel Core m5 and the 1.3 GHz 1.7 processors will now power the new Macbook lineup.
In terms of graphics, the new ultra-thin laptops will have the Intel HD Graphics 515, claimed to be more than 25% faster than the predecessor. The addition of faster flash storage will also mean that the average battery life has now increased from 8-9 hours to 10-11 hours in the upgraded models.
Design stays same but some new additions
While the 12-inch Macbook design hasn't been modified with the upgrade, a new Rose Gold color variant has been added to the lineup, putting it in sync with Apple's iPhone range. Rose Gold will join the current three options - Gold, Silver and Space Gray. The thickness and weight of the new Macbook remains the same, alas with only one USB-Type C port as the means for connectivity and charging.
All of the models in the 12-inch Macbook range, whether powered by Intel Core m3, m5 or m7, will now have 8GB of RAM as default. Another big announcement, as was discussed above, is that the Macbook Air has also been upgraded to 8GB of RAM by default, with the same internals otherwise.
Pricing and Availability
The upgraded Macbook range will have a similar pricing for the Indian as well as global markets. The cheaper model with Intel core m3 and 256GB of flash storage will cost Rs. 1,06,900 and the more premium model with Intel core m5 and 512GB of storage comes at Rs. 1,29,900. There is currently no information on the core m7 variant. Also, these models are available starting today from all authorized Apple resellers, whether online or offline.
Why should you buy the upgraded Macbook?
Buy it if you are looking to upgrade from an old Macbook Air.
Buy it if you are in the market for an ultra-portable laptop that has PC-grade specifications.
Buy it if you like to spend that money on some Rose Gold goodness.
Why you shouldn't buy the upgraded Macbook?
Don't buy it because it is crazy expensive. The older model now retails for around 85-90,000 rupees and the difference is not much in terms of internals.
Don't buy it if you care about your money; spend it on a decent Macbook Pro variant.
Don't buy it if you want ports for connectivity; this model still has the single USB Type-C port for charging as well as data syncing.