Is also listed as a separate model for the benefit of the reader. Except for the processor, these models are interchangeable.
The MacBook “Core m7” 1.3 12-Inch (Early 2016) comes with an Intel “Core m7” Skylake processor (M7-6Y75) that runs at 1.3 GHz and has two independent processors “cores” on a single chip. It also has a 4 MB level 3 cache, an “integrated” Intel HD Graphics 515 graphics processor that shares system memory, and 8 GB of onboard 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM (that cannot be (that also cannot be upgraded).
All of this is contained in a wafer-thin (0.14-0.52 inch), 2.03-pound, aluminium case that is available in Silver, a darker “Space Gray,” Gold, and a pinkish “Rose Gold” shade. It has a gorgeous 12″ TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “Retina” display (2304×1440 native resolution at 226 PPI), a meagre 480p FaceTime webcam, a clever haptic-capable “Force Touch” trackpad.
It is comparable to its forerunner but has an improved processor, graphics processor, faster RAM, faster storage, a larger battery, and a new “Rose Gold” finish option.
April 19, 2016
June 5, 2017
1 (2 Cores)
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Core m7 (M7-6Y75)
This model is powered by a 14 nm, 1.3 GHz 64-bit “Sixth Generation/Skylake” Intel Mobile m7 (M7-6Y75) processor which includes two independent processors “cores” on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 4 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports “Turbo Boost 2.0” — which “automatically increases the speed of the active cores” to improve performance when needed (up to 3.1 GHz for this model) — and “Hyper Threading” — which allows the system to recognize four total “cores” or “threads” (two real and two virtual).
Also see: How fast are the “Early 2016” MacBook models compared to one another? How much faster are these models than the “Early 2015” line replaced? How fast are they compared to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro?
System Bus Speed:
Cache Bus Speed:
1.3 GHz (Built-in)
256k x2, 4 MB (on chip)
Min. RAM Speed:
*Shipped standard with 8 GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM onboard.
8 GB of RAM is onboard and it cannot be upgraded at all.
This model has an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
12″ colour TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “Retina” display with IPS technology and 2304 by 1440 native resolution at 226 P (16:10 aspect ratio). Apple reports that it also supports “1440 by 900, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640” as scaled resolutions.
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2nd Display Support:
2nd Max. Resolution:
This model can simultaneously support the internal display as well as up to 3840×2160 at 30 Hz on an external display, both at “millions of colours.”
Also see: How do you connect an external display to the Retina MacBook? What is the maximum supported resolution? What is the best USB-C monitor to use? What adapters are required?
256, 512 GB SSD
Std. Storage Speed:
This custom configuration processor model has 256 GB or 512 GB of PCIe-based flash storage soldered onboard. It cannot be upgraded at all, whether at the time of purchase or otherwise.
*Third-party tests using the Blackmagic benchmark report write speeds of 845 MB/s and read speeds of 947 MB/s. QuickBench Extended reports 900.11 MB/s writes and 1196.17 MB/s reads.
This MacBook does not have internal Ethernet support. Apple, likewise, has not released a USB-C to Ethernet adapter, although third-party adapters are available.
How do you connect the Retina Display MacBook to a wired Ethernet network? Is it even possible?
No expansion slots or bays are provided.
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Trackpad (Force Touch)
MacBook Retina 12″
Apple Order No:
Apple Model No:
A1534 (EMC 2991)
Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see All Macs with the A1534 Model Number, the 2991 EMC Number, and the MacBook9,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.
41.4 W h Li-Poly
Apple reports that this model can provide up to 10 hours of “wireless web” and up to 11 hours of “iTunes movie playback” as well as up to “30 days” of standby time. The system is bundled with a 29W USB-C power adapter.
Also see: What is the “real world” battery life of the “Early 2016” 12-Inch Retina Display MacBook? How does it compare to the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro models?
X 10.11.4 (15E2066)
12. x (Monterey)
MacOS 9 Support:
Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
.14-.52 x 11.04 x 7.74
2.03 lbs (0.92 kg)
Original Price (US):
Est. Current Retail:
The original price is the same regardless of colour.
Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).