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New MacBook, Same Single USB-C Port

04/27/2016

New MacBook, Same Single USB-C Port

Apple on Wednesday updated it’s itty bitty 12 inch Macbook with new processors and a new colour option (Rose Gold, nice and matchy matchy for those of you with iPhones in the same colour). However, in a move that is likely to draw much criticism (again), they’ve stuck with the single USB-C port to do just about ANYTHING with the laptop, including charging.

 

Originally introduced in March last year, the bare basics laptop simply called MacBook now has an Intel Skylake processor in both the low and high end models (previously only the high end) and an upgraded graphics processor. RAM is still 8GB across the board but the battery has had a slight boost, which combined with the efficiency of Skylake ought to deliver some extra hours of usage time.

 

But with only a single USB-C port there is no avoiding having to use a USB hub if you want to do anything other than work directly on the laptop and cloud computing only. Charging, external storage, peripherals and video output ALL run through the single port.

 

On the flip side such a minimal design allows for a very thin and light laptop, and there are other models to consider such as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro – but at a big price difference. And that’s another point with the updated model, a price jump of $1,999 from $1,799 for the 256GB model and $2,449 from $2,199 for the 512GB model.

 

Ch-ching…

 

 

  • 2016 MacBook specs:
  • 12-inch LED display at 2304 x 1440
  • Intel Core m3 at 1.1Ghz, or Intel Core m5 at 1.2Ghz
  • 8GB RAM 256GB flash storage or 512GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 515
  • 480p FaceTime camera

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