12-Inch MacBook Vs. 2015 Version: Comparative Review

12-inch MacBook

Apple had launched the 12-inch MacBook this week while the original version of the laptop was launched a year ago. There are subtle differences between the two devices. Breakdown of differences is as follows.


Last year’s MacBook had the 5th Generation Broadwell processor while this year’s device has the 6th Generation Skylake chip. Early benchmarks have already rated it on Geekbench 3 (via LaptopMag).

With the new Skylake 1.2GHz Core m5 in MacBook has scored 5,906 while the last year’s Apple’s notebook scored 4,631. Thus, there is 25 percent (approx) speed bump.

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There is $389 (US$300) difference in price between the 1.2GHz model and the 1.1GHz model. The earlier model is priced at $ 2073 (US$1,599) with a 512GB flash drive while the latter version costs $1684 (US$1,299) with a 256GB drive. The 2016 MacBook has the new Intel HD Graphics 515, and according to Apple, it is 25 percent faster.

Forbes notes that the flash drive speeds are showing a pretty big jump. And some benchmarks shows that there has been a boost of speed between 80 and 90 percent in both notebooks.

Battery life

Between 2015 MacBook and 2016 MacBook, there’s subtle difference in battery life. According to some test, the new model can stay up to 10 hours, says Apple’s rating. Apple has always been conservative on battery life so their rating surely accurate.

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Anandtech pointed out that the older Apple’s notebook is powered by LPDDR3-1600 DRAM, and the 2016 MacBook has LPDDR3-1866 DRAM. The publication finds that as being a “tad faster.”

Apart from these subtle differences, the new Apple’s notebook has maintained the physical chassis, the Retina display resolution, and the USB-C port. The company has also launched the Rose Gold coloured notebook beside the regular colours.

Regardless of the subtle differences, the ultimate choice is of buyers.

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