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 Apple.com/nz 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’.