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By Jason Snell

Apple updates MacBook: rose gold, no Thunderbolt 3

This morning Apple announced a MacBook update that adds a new rose gold finish to the laptop model introduced last year. Oh, and it’s also got a processor bump:

The updated MacBook features 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 deliver up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier — from launching apps to opening files.* And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback, MacBook is the perfect notebook for all day, on-the-go computing.

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(Generally Apple achieves improved battery life in processor-bump models such as this because the new processors are more energy efficient than the old ones. The new battery seems to be a bit more efficient, too. An hour of extra battery life is nothing to sneeze at.)

While it might seem to be surprising that the new MacBook doesn’t offer any physical changes (such as an extra USB-C port), that’s not really shocking: It’s rare that Apple would introduce a laptop and then change the external design the very next year. A bit more surprising is that, for all the speculation about how Thunderbolt 3 is the obvious future of the Mac given its plug compatibility with USB-C and its greater capabilities, the port on this MacBook is still just regular old USB-C.

In Zombie Laptop news, Apple also announced that it’s making 8GB of RAM standard on the 13-inch MacBook Air, which still exists even though it wasn’t updated and probably won’t ever be updated again.

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