Details on Upcoming Amber Lake Chips Appropriate for 2018 MacBook Leak

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's 12-inch MacBook lineup is expected to receive a refresh in 2018, and the new machines may use Intel's upcoming 8th-generation 14nm++ Y-Series Amber Lake chips.

    Details on the new chips leaked recently from Dell's Chilean site and Romanian site NextLab501, as highlighted by MacRumors forum reader EugW.


    Chips appropriate for the 12-inch MacBook include the 1.1GHz Core m3-8100Y, the 1.3GHz Core i5-8200Y, and the 1.5GHz Core i7-8500Y.

    Core m3-8100Y
    - 1.1 GHz - Base clock
    - 2.7 GHz - 2-core Turbo
    - 3.4 GHz - 1-core Turbo

    Core i5-8200Y
    - 1.3 GHz - Base clock
    - 3.2 GHz - 2-core Turbo
    - 3.9 GHz - 1-core Turbo

    Core i7-8500Y
    - 1.5 GHz - Base clock
    - 3.6 GHz - 2-core Turbo
    - 4.2 GHz - 1-core Turbo

    Maximum clock speeds for the new Amber Lake chips suggest significant improvement in processor speeds over the 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors. For comparison's sake, Turbo Boost topped out at 3.0GHz on the 1.2GHz entry-level processor, 3.2GHz on the mid-level 1.3GHz processor, and 3.6GHz on the 1.4GHz high-end chip option in the previous-generation machines.

    All of the chips use Intel's UHD 620 integrated graphics and are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2018, with the timing perfect for a fall refresh of the 12-inch MacBook.

    Dell's upcoming and as-of-yet-unannounced XPS 13 2-in-1 machine confirms the existence of the Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y processors, both of which are listed as processor options for the new device.

    Intel first announced its upcoming Amber Lake chips at Computex, but thus far has not provided official info on the upcoming processors.

    Rumors have not indicated when updates to the 12-inch MacBook will be available, but Apple could introduce refreshed machines alongside new iPhones in September, hold an event in October, or release them on a random date as it did with the recent MacBook Pro.

    The recent launch of the MacBook Pro also hints at one new feature we could potentially be seeing in new 12-inch MacBook models aside from processor upgrades -- a third-generation butterfly keyboard.

    2015 and later 12-inch MacBook models have suffered from the same issues with keyboard failures, so it would make sense for Apple to include an updated keyboard in those machines as well, if, as speculated, the "quieter" third-generation MacBook Pro butterfly keyboard's new silicone coverings do indeed prevent dust from infiltrating the keys.

    Article Link: Details on Upcoming Amber Lake Chips Appropriate for 2018 MacBook Leak
  2. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    i will probably buy the i7 version to replace my 13" macbook pro...we'll see.
  3. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
  4. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Shame it's still 14nm. That's what happens when you become big and complacent.
  5. ondert macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2017
    are these things ever going to maintain their clock speeds up under sustain load?
  6. philfry macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    It is interesting to see the improvements. These are only like what 4.5w? It would be cool to someday see a 4 core chip at this ultra low voltage. I had a 2015 MacBook and most of the time I didn’t notice the slowness unless I was doing something with Xcode.
  7. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    The processor upgrade looks good, intel have done a decent job. All Apple need to do is drop the price of the 12'' Macbook to the same as the current Air 13'', introduce a 14'' version at the same price as the current 12'' price and replace the headphone port with another USB-C.
  8. johnnybeagle macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2017
    I really love my i5 2017 MacBook. For what I use it for, its perfect and has exceeded all my expectations for it.
  9. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Do people buy MBs? Isn't the 13" Pro nTB a better deal?
  10. pl1984 macrumors 68020

    Oct 31, 2017
    The MacBook is an ultra portable device so it's unlikely they ever will.
  11. philfry macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    I just wish the MacBook had one more usb-c port or a dedicated charging port.
  12. paulgpetty macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2007
    ... when did the 12-inch model become a Pro?
  13. Falhófnir macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Wow I hadn’t even clocked that there was another 14nm Y - I thought 8th gen Y was still set to be cannonlake.
  14. travelsheep macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
  15. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    great, waiting for this update to replace my original 2015 256gb macbook and get a 512gb one! :)
  16. Dranix macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    left the forum
    Waiting for Apple to put A12 into this... A11 is already more powerful than these chips 8(
  17. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    lol, rose gold Pro machine.
  18. No-Me macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2011
    Yep people buy them, I bought one to always take with me. The 13” Pro is too big an heavy for me. Maybe the 13” Pro is a better deal if you look at the specs like speed, but for what I need to do on the road speed isn’t the most important factor, the size and weight is. :)
  19. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Interesting, an article on leaked processor details.
    Certain members of this forum won’t be happy if their views on the 8-core i9 are anything to go by.

    In all seriousness, they look good and I would imagine we will see an extra 100MHz above those stock clock speeds as Apple has done in the past.
  20. MakeAppleAwesomeAgain macrumors member


    Nov 21, 2016
  21. ThaRuler macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2016
  22. bluecoast macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2017
    I suspect that if marzipan is on track, next year (more likely early 2020) we’ll see an A chip in these computers
    --- Post Merged, Jul 17, 2018 ---
    Does anyone know if a dual core chip could go in the MB or would it end up frying it?
  23. Kingcr macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2018
    Ummm... they’re already dual core.
  24. PToN macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2012
    Looks like i ll be waiting for 2019... Hope by then Apple can catch up with smaller bezels, add at least 2 more USB-C ports (1 thunderbolt) and higher density/resolution on the screens at 12".

    2017 MacBook still kicking ass. Might just use the money for a new iPad
  25. asiga macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    Release ASAP those still pending three filed model numbers that are supposed to run 10.13 !!!

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