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MacBook (2016) vs MacBook (2015) spec shootout – Check out what changed

by Todd Haselton | April 19, 2016April 19, 2016 6:20 am PST

Apple just announced and released the 2016 MacBook, a new notebook with sixth-generation Intel Core M processors, upgraded graphics and even a new Rose Gold color option. Wondering how it stacks up spec-for-spec against last year’s MacBook? So were we, so we created the table below.

You’ll note that, for the most part, it’s the same laptop. There are just regular refresh bumps to keep it up-to-date with this year’s latest thin-and-light notebooks. The screen size, resolution and other hardware parts mostly remain¬†unchanged.

Check out how the two compare below:

Apple - MacBook (2015) Apple - MacBook (2016)
Display Size 12-inch, 2304 x 1440 pixel display (226 ppi) 12-inch, 2304 x 1440 pixel display (226 ppi)
Resolution X 2304 2304
Resolution Y 1440 1440
Display Type Retina display: 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2304-by-1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors Retina display: 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Resolution Specs
  • Native resolution: 2304 by 1440 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1440 by 900, 1280 by 800, 1024 by 640
  • Native resolution: 2304 by 1440 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1440 by 900, 1280 by 800, 1024 by 640
Operating System Mac OS X Yosemite (At Launch) Mac OS X El Capitan (At Launch)
Processor
  • 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache (base model)
  • Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache (base model)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz) with 4MB L3 cache (base model)
  • Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 4MB L3 cache (base model)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 4MB L3 cache
  • Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 4MB L3 cache
RAM
  • 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Storage
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage (base model)
  • 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage (base model)
  • 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
Camera
  • 480p FaceTime camera
  • 480p FaceTime camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
Input Output
  • USB-C (supports HDMI, USB 3.1)
  • USB-C (supports HDMI, USB 3.1)
Networks
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
  • Up to 9 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Built-in 39.7-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter; USB-C power port
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 11 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Built-in 41.4-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter; USB-C power port
Height 0.52 inches (13.2 mm) 0.52 inches (13.2 mm)
Width 11.04 inches (28.04 cm) 11.04 inches (28.04 cm)
Depth 7.74 inches (19.66 cm) 7.74 inches (19.66 cm)
Weight 2.03 lbs (0.92 kg) 2.03 lbs (0.92 kg)
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Space Gray

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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