MacBook updated, Air gets more RAM, Government Requests, Apple confirms Siri on WWDC, 12GB drive, Tesla poach

Image from Apple NZ's MacBook page
Image from Apple NZ’s MacBook page

MacBook updated rather dramatically — Apple has updated its tiny 13.1 mm thick MacBook with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life. The all-metal unibody enclosure is now available in four aluminium finishes — gold, silver, space grey, and for, the first time on a Mac, rose gold, which has only previously been offered on iPhones and iPads.
The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz; faster 1866MHz memory; new Intel HD Graphics 515 that deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance; and faster PCIe-based flash storage that makes everyday tasks feel snappier. MacBook is available through starting today, and it will be in selected New Zealand Apple Authorised Resellers starting tomorrow (Thursday 21st April). MacBook comes with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.2 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage for a recommended retail price of NZ$2399 inc. GST, and with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage for a recommended retail price of NZ$2899 inc. GST.
Configure-to-order options include a 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz. Additional technical specifications and accessories are available online.

Apple’s 13″ MacBook Air gets 8GB RAM as standard — Apple’s original thin-and-light laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Air, will now ship with 8 gigabytes of RAM as standard. But it did not receive a Skylake update – it continues to ship with a previous-gen Core i5, but buyers can specify a 2.2-gigahertz Core i7 if configured-to-order online. All other specifications remain the same [and it has more ports and stays faster than the MacBook, above].

Apple issues latest ‘Report on Government Requests’ — In its latest Report on Government Requests for user information (that’s a PDF you download by clicking the link) Apple says it received over 30,000 requests last year, and complied with up to 82% of them. US law enforcement agencies had 1015 requests for customer account information affecting 5192 users in the second half of 2015.

Official WWDC 2016 invitation emailed to developers — That didn’t take long. Just a few short hours after Siri let everyone in on the secret of when WWDC 2016 would take place, developers received the official invitation.

Apple debuts redesigned developer resources mini-site focusing on App Store — In concert with the WWDC 2016 announcement, Apple launched a revamped informational resources section on its developer portal, which includes articles, technical insight and real-world examples designed to help new coders get their start on the App Store.

LaCie previews the 12big Thunderbolt 3 — LaCie has announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit with up to 96TB and the performance of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6.

Apple picks up Tesla’s former VP of Vehicle Engineering for ‘special projects’ — Apple has reportedly recruited Tesla’s former VP of Vehicle Engineering, Chris Porritt, to work on “special projects” at the company — possibly to replace Steve Zadesky, the one-time head of Apple’s electric car project ‘Titan’.