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Apr 12, 2001

Intel today announced the launch of its new 11th-generation Tiger Lake chips that are designed for use in laptops. The new chips included integrated Xe graphics, Thunderbolt 4, USB 4, PCIe Gen 4, and WiFi 6 support.


Intel is calling the Tiger Lake chips, which are built on a 10-nanometer "SuperFin" process, the world's best processor for thin and light laptops. Tiger Lake chips offer significant performance and efficiency gains over the prior-generation Ice Lake chips.

The new chips offer 20 percent better CPU performance than Ice Lake chips, according to Intel. The integrated Iris Xe graphics are better than 90 percent of all discrete notebook GPUs sold last year and offer up to twice the graphics performance along with 5x better artificial intelligence performance.


There are nine new SKUs across Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 with clock speeds up to 4.8GHz.

Intel says that the new Tiger Lake CPUs will be in more than 50 laptops coming this fall and named a number of partners such as Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, but Apple was not among them. Since the Tiger Lake chips are for lower power laptops and max out at 28W, it is unlikely Apple will ever use them.

Apple is transitioning to Arm-based Apple Silicon chips beginning this year, and rumors have indicated that the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air will be some of the first machines to get Apple Silicon chips.

If the next-generation MacBook Air adopts Apple Silicon, there will be no need for Apple to adopt Tiger Lake chips.

Article Link: Intel Announces 11th-Generation Tiger Lake Chips as Apple Plans Transition to Arm-Based Apple Silicon


macrumors 68000
Sep 29, 2008
The performance gains don't look all that impressive.
I disagree. These look like great processors and might do well against AMD’s 4000 series, which are excellent. Intel is playing catch-up to AMD and these might just do it.

I’m looking forward to Apple’s offerings though. It’ll be interesting to see how they stack up with these new Intel chips and what AMD has out already.


macrumors 65816
Jul 25, 2002
No mention at all yesterday of NVIDIA blowing the competition away with their new Ampere RTX 3000 series lineup, while Apple is about to transition to in-house graphics across the line.

I have no doubt Apple can compete on CPUs in the desktop space - but common, them dropping AMD graphics from Apple Silicon macs and not working with Nvidia due to a past feud is just going to cripple them in the graphics space. Even the new PS5 and Xbox Series X look pretty pathetic compared to these new chips.


macrumors P6
Oct 14, 2008
I hope that Tiger Lake will be available in the 13" Pro before it moves to Apple CPUs, would be a nice upgrade from Ice Lake.

The GPU improvements are really impressive, the CPU side initially seems underwhelming to me. The claimed performance improvements over Ice Lake are consistent with clock increases, so again no improvements in peak single-core throughput.
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