During the keynote address earlier this morning at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Apple announced that its twelve-inch MacBook models are getting faster Intel chips and speedier flash storage. MacBooks now ship with Intel’s seventh-generation Intel Core CPU platform, code-named “Kaby Lake”, that was unveiled in March.

The clock frequency has been increased to 1.3 GHz, but Intel’s Turbo Boost technology can temporarily increase the CPU clock speed to up to 3.6 GHz during heavy workloads. Flash storage is now up to fifty percent faster and the notebooks now support up to twice the RAM than before, for up to 16GB of RAM.

Configure-to-order options available via Apple’s online store allow you to outfit your new 12-inch MacBook with up to a 1.4 GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz.

The following stock configurations are available:

$1,299 MacBook

  • 12-inch 2304-by-1440 LED-backlit display with IPS technology and 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.0GHz
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Built-in keyboard with second-generation butterfly mechanism

$1,599 MacBook

  • 12-inch 2304-by-1440 LED-backlit display with IPS technology and 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Built-in keyboard with second-generation butterfly mechanism

“Weighing just two pounds and measuring 13.1mm thin, MacBook is our thinnest and lightest notebook for all-day, on-the-go computing,” says the company. The refreshed MacBooks continue to be available in Apple’s standard Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Space Gray color finishes.

The updated MacBook models—along with improved iMacs, specc’d up MacBook Pros and a slightly updated 13-inch MacBook Air with a faster 1.8GHz processor—are available to order today on Apple.com. You can buy them in Apple Stores starting on Wednesday, June 7.

For other tech specs, configure-to-order options and accessories, visit apple.com/mac.

  • Javier Gore

    So that means that the upgraded models are not fanless anymore ? the Core i5 and i7 require a fan.

    • Iliyan

      They are still fanless. Intel just renamed the “m” CPUs to “i” with Kaby Lake.

  • Windham Cato

    Still can’t play good games on a Mac though.

    • Leopoldo Pereira

      But you can install windows on a Mac.

  • Mallouk Malek

    Surface pro, cheaper same tech specs. I think now I have finally made my choice to buy the surface pro 😀

    • Donato Bearint

      Yea like a surface pro compares to a MacBook. Not even in the same solar system. It’s a laptop, you not suppose to write or touch the screen. If someone wants that that’s why there is tablets. Any PC compared at an apple never compares. Plus when is the last time you ever got a PC to last longer than even three years when a Mac will last five no problem at all.

      • Mallouk Malek

        Maybe not the same solar system, but if it does exactly what I want then it is the right choice for me no? It is neither a tablet or a computer. “Maybe” if apple actually changed the OS of the iPad I would have got an iPad Pro, but this is not happening any time soon.

        I did not say that the new MacBooks are not good tho! God, whenever someone says windows here every one get so mad relax guys it’s a persons opinion that’s have no intention to fight here 😀 !

        And by the way I’m still using a 2012 windows pc, but all tablets and phones are from apple.

      • Anonymouse

        I’ve had my Fujitsu S6410 for about ten years now with Windows 7. Only update in 10 years was up to 4gb ram and 512gb ssd. Do you think if I buy the latest Macbook Pro/Air, will it still run in ten years and allow some upgrades?

      • Donato Bearint

        Yup without a doubt. Especially if you double the strage and update to the latest hardware.

    • EimaiNintzas

      you do understand that surface pro runs windows right?

      • Mallouk Malek

        I can’t be that blind right 😀 !?

      • EimaiNintzas

        no you can’t! just read between the lines.