Apple’s MacBook is getting an upgrade.
Cupertino today added the latest Intel processors, improved graphics, faster flash storage, and an additional hour of battery life to its slim laptop.
Upgraded models now feature sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz and faster 1866 MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 also provide up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, Apple says. Speedier PCle-based flash storage, meanwhile, “makes everyday tasks feel snappier.”
Apple promises an extra hour of battery life; up to 10 hours of Web browsing and 11 hours of iTunes movie playback from the 2-pound, 13.1mm device.
The new model is available in gold, silver, space gray, and for the first time on a Mac, rose gold.
Some things remain the same: Users will still find a 12-inch Retina display, full-size keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, and USB-C port.
The upgraded MacBook is available today via Apple.com, and in stores starting Wednesday.
Consumers can choose between two models: the 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor plus Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage for $1,299; or the 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor plus Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of storage for $1,599. Made-to-order options also include a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz.
Apple also made 8GB of memory standard across all configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Today’s announcement comes just after Siri announced the dates of Cupertino’s 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference: June 13-17 in San Francisco, which Apple later confirmed.