Apple Refreshes MacBook With Faster Processors and Rose Gold Finish

Sporting updated sixth-generation Intel Core M processors, an extra hour of battery life and improved graphics, Apple's refreshed MacBook is also grabbing attention for its new color option: rose gold. Announced today, the MacBook update also introduces a new standard -- at least 8 GB of memory -- for all configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Air.

The MacBook refresh represents "our vision for the future of the notebook," Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller said in a statement.

The updated MacBook is available today through Apple.com, and will hit Apple's retail stores and authorized resellers tomorrow. Pricing starts at $1299. It's the first major hardware update for the device since its launch a year ago.

First Mac in 'Pink'

Following today's announcement, the term "MacBook" was trending big-time on Twitter, with well over 50,000 tweets about the Apple news. Plenty of commenters welcomed the "pink" MacBook -- the first time Apple has offered a rose gold finish for a Mac device. (The color has been available, however, for the iPhone and the Apple Watch.)

When Apple first announced its new MacBook line last March, it described the notebooks as "the thinnest and lightest Macs ever." Weighing in at two pounds, and with a thickness of just 13.1 millimeters, the MacBook also features a 12-inch Retina display, quiet and fanless operations and a fully redesigned keyboard that is one-third thinner than previous styles. It comes with one USB-C port for charging, data transfer and video output.

The update rolling out today boosts last year's version with dual-core Intel processors: either the 1.1 GHz m3 (with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 2.2 GHz) or the 1.2 GHz m5 (for Turbo Boost speeds of up to 2.7 GHz). There's also a configure-to-order option for a 1.3 GHz m7 that delivers Turbo Boost speeds...

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