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Review: Apple's 2016 12" MacBook is a welcome improvement, but won't change any minds

04/27/2016, 12:04 pm

Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone's opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook.

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MacBook teardown highlights improved battery tech, new SSD controller

04/25/2016, 09:04 am

A teardown of Apple's 2016 12-inch MacBook suggests that the computer's better battery life stems from a mix of optimizations and a slightly larger battery, while its improved SSD speeds are linked to an updated proprietary controller.

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First look: Apple's new rose gold 12" MacBook with Intel Skylake CPU

04/22/2016, 12:04 pm

Apple's new 12-inch MacBook features the same chassis as last year's debut model, but the company has brought a new color into the mix -- rose gold -- that brings it in line with the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch product lineups.

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Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips in upcoming Macs - report

04/19/2016, 05:04 pm

AMD's latest graphics chips, the Polaris 10 and 11, will make their way into Apple desktops and laptops shipping later this year, a report said on Tuesday.

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New 12" MacBook boasts 80-90% faster SSD write speeds, 20% CPU improvement

04/19/2016, 01:04 pm

Initial tests with the new 12-inch MacBook are beginning to surface, showing that while the Intel Skylake processor is a modest improvement over its predecessor, the revamped solid state drive offers more significant speed boosts.

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Apple's new 12" MacBook gets day-one software update for Bluetooth compatibility

04/19/2016, 11:04 am

Just moments after the new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display was announced, Apple issued a software update for the refreshed notebook, addressing compatbility with third-party Bluetooth devices.

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Apple's 13" MacBook Air gets 8GB RAM as standard

04/19/2016, 08:04 am

Apple's original thin-and-light laptop wasn't left out of Tuesday's update fray, as all configurations of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now ship with 8 gigabytes of RAM.

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Apple launches new 12" MacBooks with Intel Skylake CPUs, rose gold color & longer battery life

04/19/2016, 08:04 am

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, giving the thin-and-light notebook Intel's latest-generation Skylake chips, as well as improved graphics, faster flash storage, and an extra hour of battery life.

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Apple grows to 7.4% of worldwide PC market as Windows continues to cede share to the Mac

04/11/2016, 07:04 pm

Apple continued to grow overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter as most leading Windows PC makers suffered significant setbacks, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC.

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MacBook stocks dwindle as rumor pegs new 13" & 15" models for second quarter 2016 launch

03/22/2016, 01:03 pm

Low stocks of some current MacBooks models may indicate that Apple is preparing to refresh its laptops, and may also support a rumor that new 13- and 15-inch systems will ship by the end of the second quarter.

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Apple's 2010 15- & 17-inch MacBook Pros, 2009 Xserve become 'vintage'

03/09/2016, 11:03 am

Apple this week declared a trio of older products vintage and obsolete, adding a pair of 2010 MacBook Pros and the 2009 Xserve to a list of discontinued hardware service.

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Thunderbolt Display shipping delay in Europe sparks hopes of Apple refresh once again

03/07/2016, 10:03 am

Shipping times for Apple's Thunderbolt Display have slipped across Europe, once again conjuring up hopes that a new model with 5K Retina display could be in the works.

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Oculus founder says no Mac support coming until Apple builds 'good' system with better graphics

03/03/2016, 05:03 pm

Oculus is waiting on Apple to release a "good" Mac with a faster video card before it considers supporting the Rift VR headset on OS X, according to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.

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Apple ships out first USB-C replacement cables to affected MacBook owners

02/16/2016, 08:02 pm

Less than a week after Apple activated a quality program to replace defective USB-C charging cables, owners of potentially affected units on Tuesday are taking receipt of redesigned model.

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Apple initiates replacement program for MacBook USB-C charging cables

02/12/2016, 06:02 pm

Apple on Friday activated a quality program for USB-C charging cables included with 12-inch MacBook with Retina display models, as well as those sold as standalone accessories, saying a design issue with affected units could cause them to fail.

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Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

02/06/2016, 07:02 pm

Apple has launched a free repair program for 2013 Mac Pros dealing with faulty video cards, in some cases believed to be responsible for problems like distorted or non-existent graphics, as well as freezing, reboots, sudden shutdowns, or even a system failing to start.

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Apple Back to School promo returns to Australia & New Zealand, offers Beats or iPad discounts

02/03/2016, 12:02 pm

Apple on Wednesday launched the Australian and New Zealand editions of its annual Back to School sale, offering either Beats headphones or iPad discounts to qualifying shoppers buying a new Mac.

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PSA: If you don't want to fry your new MacBook, pay attention to the quality of your USB cables

02/03/2016, 11:02 am

Apple's decision to include a single, all-new USB-C port on the reinvented MacBook has sent buyers of the ultraportable scrambling for adapters and conversion cables to connect legacy devices -- but be mindful of what you plug in.

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Intel details new Skylake chips hinting at Apple's future 15" MacBook Pro specs

01/27/2016, 02:01 pm

Intel has posted a new processor price list, including some Skylake-based units that could potentially make their way into a revamped 15-inch MacBook Pro from Apple.

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Apple bucks downward PC market spiral, was lone manufacturer to see growth in 2015

01/12/2016, 04:01 pm

The latest statistics from market research firm Gartner show Apple as the lone top-five PC vendor that grew worldwide shipments from 2014, bucking an negative market trend that saw shipments decline for the fourth consecutive year.

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