Intel Announces Full Lineup of Kaby Lake Processors for iMac, MacBook Pro, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At today's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Intel formally announced its full lineup of 7th-generation Intel Core processors, known as Kaby Lake. Kaby Lake low-power Y-Series and U-Series processors were announced in late August, but today's unveiling covers notebook and desktop chips that could be destined for many future Apple Macs.

    Intel's 7th-generation processors are built on the "14nm+" process, introducing new optimizations compared to previous 14nm Broadwell and Skylake chips.

    According to Intel, Kaby Lake will bring "double digit productivity performance increases" of up to 20 percent for gaming notebooks and 25 percent for desktops, compared to 2013 Haswell chips from Intel's prior release cycle. With 4K and 360 degree content, customers can expect up to 65 percent faster performance on notebooks. Enhanced security, a new media engine, and improvements in VR and gaming are all advertised features.


    Of the chips announced today, the 28-watt U-Series chips are appropriate for a future 13-inch MacBook Pro update, and we could see the 7267U/7287U/7567U used in 13-inch MacBook Pro machines this year. Those same chips are likely what Apple would use in a Mac mini update, as the Mac mini and the 13-inch MacBook Pro have traditionally included the same chips.

    Intel's 45-watt H-Series chips are appropriate for a future 15-inch MacBook Pro update. The 7700HQ would be ideal for entry-level machines, while a mid-tier machine would use the 7820HQ and the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro would use the 7920HQ.

    There are multiple potential upgrade options for the 27-inch iMac, but the S-Series desktop chips (7500/7600/7700K) are the straight upgrade path from the current Skylake chips used in 27-inch machines.

    For the 21.5-inch iMac, Apple normally uses chips with higher-end integrated graphics, but Intel has not released Kaby Lake chips that are a clear upgrade for the smaller iMac machines. Apple could choose to use Skylake chips instead of Kaby Lake chips for the 21.5-inch iMac, and in that case, would likely adopt the 6585R, 6685R, and 6785R chips, released six months ago.

    With today's announcement, Kaby Lake chips that are clear upgrades for the iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini will be available to manufacturers in the near future and will be available for Apple's planned 2017 upgrades. Kaby Lake chips appropriate for future MacBook updates are already available.

    Rumors suggest we will see refreshed iMacs in the spring, which is also when we may see new MacBooks, and in the fall, we expect to see Kaby Lake refreshes for the MacBook Pro lineup.

    Article Link: Intel Announces Full Lineup of Kaby Lake Processors for iMac, MacBook Pro, and More
  2. Ifti macrumors 68010

    Dec 14, 2010
    Does this mean we have to wait another year for Apple to actually implement them?!
    Really wish Apple would keep up!

    Cue the 'I'm waiting for......' comments....!
  3. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Coming to a Mac near you Q1 2018.

    You know, when Intel releases a new CPU lineup.
  4. gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Come on Tim! Give the Mac some love.
    Mac Pro, Mini and iMac would appreciate.
  5. Macist macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2009
    Maybe Apple could underclock any performance gains out of them and that way they can shave another 0.2mm off everything. Happy days!
  6. Chicane-UK macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2008
    Na. The CPU's are good now but Apple are waiting on the right GPU's... ;)
  7. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    I had it with intel. Where the hell is XEON PROCESSOR?!!!
  8. Noerdy macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2016
    Knowing Apple they are going to stick with skylake and cap RAM at 64GB for desktops.
  9. macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Everybody here is really negative, but I'm a huge Apple fan and regardless if Apple is slow to updating their Macs, Macs are still everyone's preferred desktop machine.
  10. Cole Slaw macrumors 6502a

    Cole Slaw

    Oct 6, 2006
    It'll be cool to see these in MacBook Pros in late 2018.
  11. peter08po macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2013
    Let's see... iMac 21.5" will still use integrated graphics despite a 4K display. Also it's going to come with Skylake only :D (if there's even an update...)
  12. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Does this announcement's timeline differ from the Intel roadmaps we've been using thus far?
  13. gertruded macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Northwestern Illinois
    Any new iMacs are very likely to include hefty price increases too, if we even get them. Why would Apple upgrade Macs if they are going to discontinue them.
  14. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    You're really funny, MacRumors. REALLY FUNNY.
  15. diddl14 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2009
    Sounds like no real performance gain for anything that doesn't make heavy use of 3D or 4K video?
  16. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    I'm sticking with my opinion that Apple will ditch the m3 in MacBooks.

    Iris Plus should be a good improvement, and no Iris Pro should force Apple to continue to use dedicated graphics in the 15" MacBook Pros.
  17. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Awesome news, can't wait to upgrade my 2012 PC, as for macs , people joke about 2018, though may not be far from it
  18. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Remember when Apple used to get chips from Intel ahead of everyone else, like in the original MacBook Air? Now they implement them a year later right before they're obsolete.
  19. shabbasuraj macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2004
    Anyone reading this headline is delirious if you think these chips mean any substantial upgrades to the iMac and Mac Pro. Any substantial updates are coming in fall 2017. Tim can preach all he wants about 'magic' products but Apple has put all of its eggs into the mobile space. Go ahead Tim, prove us all wrong.
  20. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Looks like we won't be getting 32GB Ram in MBP's until next year.
  21. carrrrrlos macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2010
  22. czaffa macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2006
    Does this mean that MacBook Pros will finally get more than 16GB RAM?
  23. peter08po macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2013
    Not until the day when Mac Pro officially turns 4! :cool:
  24. Cmacjones macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2016
    iMacs haven't changed prices In years.
  25. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    These chips are not for Mac Pro. It is still stuck waiting. Even skylake chips for Mac Pro aren't yet available. I don't know what Apple can do for it other than updating it with two year old chips to replace the 4 year old chips it is currently using.

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