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Intel Reveals New 10th-Gen Core Processors Suitable for MacBook Air and Base 13-Inch MacBook Pro

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Intel today introduced its first 10th-generation Core processors, codenamed Ice Lake. Built on a 10-nanometer process, the chips are designed for thin-and-light notebooks, meaning they could potentially make their way to future entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.


Intel says the Ice Lake chips have increased board integration, allowing manufacturers like Apple to release notebooks with sleeker designs. The chips also feature Intel's all-new Gen11 graphics architecture for up to double the graphics performance, and integrated Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6, aka 802.11ax.

The lineup of 11 new processors includes six U-series chips and five Y-series chips:


Intel is also introducing a new processor number naming structure starting with this first set of 10th-generation Core processors, doing away with Y and U series identifiers and instead emphasizing graphics. The new structure is a bit confusing, but The Verge has a nice breakdown for deciphering them.


Intel expects the first notebooks with Ice Lake chips to be available in time for the holiday shopping season.

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bodonnell202

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While these chips look great and make sense for the MBA and base MBP 13, since they just completed refreshes on both those models I'm not sure we will see these chips in them. For the MBA at least it seems more likely that it will be the first to make the switch over to ARM, possibly with a variant of the A13 (an A13x which will also go in the next iPad Pro?) early next year.
 
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Ohh, faster Pr0N and such.

We finally reached the point where the processors and memory are simply outstripping what the software can possibly do.

Really is amazing, actually....
 
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CWallace

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So Apple will get them a year late.

They just updated their entry level 13" MBP and the Air a week or two ago. Undoubtedly they knew intel's roadmap and decided to wait it out until next year. Sad.

Well both of those are rumored to be replaced with new models with the return of the scissor-switch keyboard between 4Q 2019 and 1H 2020 so might not be that long.
 
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Well both of those are rumored to be replaced with new models with the return of the scissor-switch keyboard between 4Q 2019 and 1H 2020 so might not be that long.

What about 15/16 inch model? Is there any 10nm CPU for the launch of 16 inch model? Or we are going to see 9th gen coffee lake again in the 16 inch model?
 
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What about 15/16 inch model? Is there any 10nm CPU for the launch of 16 inch model? Or we are going to see 9th gen coffee lake again in the 16 inch model?

Those models use 45W CPUs so while there will likely be an eventual 10nm model, it could be awhile as Intel tends to ship the low-wattage models first until yields improve to support higher-wattage models.
 
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Mr. Dee

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This is explain the reasoning for the 16 inch MacBook Pro.

Its 2015 all over again.

The Early 2015 13 inch MacBook Pro got Broadwell processors on 14 NM, but the 15 inch only got a speed bump on Haswell that year.

Apple at least wants to have something to differentiate its larger screen laptop which will remain on 14 NM until 10 NM processors suitable for the 15 and 16 inch models are ready.
 
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It will come back when Apple switches to using their own ARM-based processors. They are perfectly suited to run in an fanless system like the Macbook and far are more powerful than anything Intel has at that TDP.
What makes you think an A series processor, once you add the caches, memory controllers, PCIe and other stuff will have a lower TDP.

Comparing an A series processor with an Intel i7 is an oranges to bananas comparison.
Once there is a real laptop version of an A series processor, only then can you make a comparison.

The high speed analog I/O and serdes required for PCIe and thunderbolt consume lots of power.
 
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JosephAW

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Where are the higher MHz chips promised? 15 years after Steve Jobs left IBM for Intel because they couldn’t produce large volumes of PowerPC chips running 3ghz.
Power 6,7 & 8 reached 4 - 5 ghz years ago.
 
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