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Apple MacBook "Core M5" 1.2 12" 2016 Specs

MacBook - MLHC2LL/A - MacBook9,1 - A1534

About This Mac

This was the first MacBook to be released in 2016 came with a 1.2 GHz Intel Core m5 Skylake processor (M5-6Y54)  and a 12-inch screen. The aluminum casing comes in more colors then was previously available such as space grey, gold, and a rose gold finish.  There is also an improved battery life in comparison to previous versions. The graphics processor on this device has been updated to the Intel HD Graphics 515.  Further device specifications and capabilities can be found below.


The storage capability is a 512 GB of PCIe-based flash storage soldered to the motherboard.  This is unable to be upgraded.  The storage speed of the hard drive is estimated between 845/947 MB per second. 

    Screen Size and Resolution

    This MacBook comes with a 12-inch screen that runs at 2304 x 1440 and incorporates an upgraded TFT LED-Backlit active-matrix “Retina” display.  This allows for millions of colors to be displayed clearly because the pixel density is 226 pixels per inch.  This ensures that individual pixels are not easily detectable at a normal viewing distance. This devices utilizes IPS technology with the ability to support other resolutions such as 1440 x 900, 1280 x 800, and 1024 x 640.

      Inclusive Features

      The MacBook includes the following features and ports:

      • Standard AirPort (802.11ac)
      • Bluetooth 4.0 that provides optimal low energy usage for quick PAN (Personal Area Network) connections and transfers and is also backwards compatible with lower Bluetooth devices
      • 1 USB-C port for connectivity
      • 480p FaceTime Webcam
      • Optical digital audio in/out for connecting external audio equipment like headphones and microphones
      • By attaching VGA or HDMI adapters to the single USB-C port you can assess 2nd display support resolution properties of up to 3840 x 2140 at 30Hz
      • Full size back-lit keyboard
      • Force Touch Track Pad which lets you Force Click by pressing on the track pad and then applying more pressure

      Processor & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

      The pre-installed operating system on this device was MacOS X 10.11.4 (15E2066). Apple also made a return to Intel for the provision of a graphics processor with the Intel Integrated HD Graphics 515 graphics processor replacing the HD Graphics 5300 used in the early 2015 model. This processor shares the memory of the onboard 8 GB 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM.

      Memory & Architecture

      The device featured a 4 MB Level 3 cache and an upgrade of the onboard RAM to an 8 GB 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM from the 8 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM that accompanied the early 2015 version (cannot be upgraded).  This is centered around a 64-Bit architecture.

      Battery Life

      The device comes with a 41.4 W h Li-Poly battery that can provide up to 10 hours of “wireless web” use, 11 hours of “iTunes movie playback” and “30 days” of standby time. A 29W USB-C power adapter also accompanies the device.

      1.3 GHZ Core M5

      8 GB

      512  SSD

      10 Hours

      Available Upgrades

       The RAM and onboard external storage on this device are fixed without the option of upgrading. The 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of onboard PCIe-based flash storage is only able to be upgraded at the time of purchase.  This device is approximately 0.14 – 0.52 thick and weighs 2.03 pounds making it thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air series.

      Introduced:  April 19, 2016

      Discontinued:  June 5, 2017

      Screen Size and Resolution


      Screen Size

      12 inches

      Level 1 Cache

      32k/32k x2



      Level 2/Level 3 Cache

      256k x2, 4MB on chip


      RAM Type



      1 (2 Cores)

      Min. RAM Speed

      1866 MHz



      Standard RAM

      8 GB


      1.2 GHz

      Maximum RAM

      8 GB


      Core m5 (M5-6Y54)

      RAM Slots


      Processor Upgrade


      Motherboard RAM





      System Bus Speed


      Video Card

      HD Graphics 515

      Cache Bus Speed

      1.1 GHz (Built-in)

      VRAM Type




      Standard VRAM

      1.5 GB

      EFI Architecture


      Maximum VRAM

      1.5 GB


      Inclusive Features and Ports

      Standard Storage

      512 GB SSD

      Standard Optical Drive


      Storage Speed

      845 – 947 MB/s

      Standard Ethernet


      Storage Dimensions


      Standard Modem


      Storage Interface

      Onboard (PCIe 3.0 x 2)

      Standard Air Port



      Standard Bluetooth



      41.4 W h Li-Poly

      USB Port (C)


      Battery Life

      10 – 11 hours

      FireWire 400





      Case Type


      Inclusive Input

      Trackpad (Force Touch)

      Form Factor

      MacBook Retina 12”

      S-Video Output


      Apple Order No




      Apple Subfamily

      Early 2016



      Apple Model Number

      A1534 (EMC 2991)

      Sound Out


      Model ID

      MacBook 9.1

      Power Adapter


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