Apple beefs up MacBook and MacBook Air

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Apple beefs up MacBook and MacBook Air

Apple MacBook processors have been upgraded to the latest Skylake generation of Intel's Core M processors as well as bumping up the RAM speeds to 1,866MHz and given the PCIe flash storage a speed boost.

The MacBook is also now available in a rose gold finish.

At the time of their release, Intel was claiming between 10 and 20 percent performance increases for the Skylake generation of Core M, and around a 40 percent improvement for graphics performance thanks to the Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU. 

Given that Intel announced the updated Skylake Core M family in 2015, however, there's every chance that Apple has gone straight to the refreshed version of Skylake codenamed Kaby Lake for its latest MacBook generation. As Kaby Lake makes various tweaks to the processor architecture, it's likely to provide further performance improvements across the board. 

Not to be left out, the 13-inch MacBook Air also gets a little upgrade – 8GB RAM is now supplied as standard. 

Apple has revealed Australian pricing. The MacBook with 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.2 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage has a recommended retail price of $1,999 including GST. The 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage costs $2,449 including GST. 

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