MacBook: Apple upgrades its thinnest, lightest laptop

MacBook: Apple upgrades its thinnest, lightest laptop

Along with the MacBook Pro, Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference 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 improvement.

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.

$1,299: 1.2GHz dual-core Core m3 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 615 (integrated), one USB-C port

$1,599: 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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