The 2016 Macbook: Here’s What to Expect – DC Inno

2015 Macbook internals // Credit: via Apple Keynote video

Apple‘s flagship laptop, the Macbook, may soon receive a huge boost in processing power, courtesy of Intel’s next generation Skylake chip. But that’s just a small part of the story behind what 2016 may hold for this supremely popular computer.

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When a vastly redesigned 13.1mm thick 2015 Macbook was introduced by Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook last year, many believed it was a sign of what’s to come for the company’s other Macbook lines—the Pro and Air models. The somewhat controversial rebuild for the 2015 Retina-display Macbook saw it transform into a transportation-friendly, thinner, more battery efficient and yet less powerful device.

The 2015 model added new features too, including a Force Touch trackpad, which incorporates actionable pressure-based commands, a single USB Type-C port replaced all others and a newly built keyboard “butterfly” mechanism helps account for the thinner case while also being more precise.

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In broad strokes, last year’s model turned the Macbook into something more akin to a netbook than a powerful workhorse laptop; one that was previously known for efficiently running processor and memory hungry software like video editing suites/programs.

But nonetheless, it appears that Apple’s gamble on a reimagined Macbook in 2015 paid off.

The Air and Pro models have not received a total (hardware) overhaul in more than a year. Yet with two rumored Apple product events set for March and April it appears inevitable that new releases are on the horizon. The question is: how will the next Macbook set the tone for the larger Mac family?

You see, we’re focused on the 2016 Macbook. Not the Air or Pro versions, which will likely be updated with similar new features as what was seen via the 2015 Macbook.

In an effort to consolidate all the rumors, buzz and news, here’s the latest information to know:

Processor boost

Everyone (MacRumors, 9to5Mac, CNET, etc.) is pointing to the Skylake Core M chips.

MacRumors, an Apple-focused news blog, writes: “an appropriate [chip] for a second-generation Retina MacBook [is] already available, so a refreshed Retina MacBook could be introduced at any moment.”

Compared to the Broadwell chips used in the first-generation Macbook, this new chip would enable 10 hours of battery life and 10 to 20 percent faster CPU performance. But perhaps the greatest spike in improvement would come in the form of graphics. The Skylake chip will offer up to 40 percent faster graphics performance.

Design will stay the say

Last year’s model, as was previously mentioned, saw numerous major changes. The 12-inch 2015 Macbook was Apple’s thinnest, lightest Mac product—coming in at 13.1mm (24 percent thinner than the last Macbook Air), 2lbs (lighter than the 13-inch Air) and with a Retina display offering a resolution of 2304 x 1440 (the Air has no Retina display option). As a result, many observers believed that Apple was purposefully phasing out the Air model with it’s new vision of the Macbook. That remains to be seen, however.

Unveiling date

The specifics just aren’t quite there yet, but according to MacRumors the unveiling will likely happen in March: “if Apple is planning to introduce new Macs at a rumored Apple Watch-centric event in March, that may be when the new Retina MacBook will debut.”

Color options – yup, probably the same too

Silver, gold and space gray

Pricing

Alright, so most of the price rumors circle around speculation that Apple will deploy a similar tactic in 2016 as it did in 2015. What does this translate to?:

-Starting at $1,299 (specs)
256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage1
1.1GHz dual-core
Intel Core M processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz
8GB memory
Intel HD Graphics 5300

-Can reach up to $1,599 per laptop
512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage1
1.2GHz dual-core
Intel Core M processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
8GB memory
Intel HD Graphics 5300

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