“For the past few years, predicting the CPUs that Apple would put inside its Macs has been relatively easy. Ever since Apple made the move to Intel’s x86 processors, the Mac road map mirrored Intel’s road map: Intel would release a new CPU, and a few months later Apple would release a new Mac,” AnandTech’s Anand Lal Shimpi writes for Macworld. “It was like clockwork, and it removed some of the surprise from Apple’s otherwise difficult-to-predict product-release cadence.”
Lal Shimpi writes, “But over the past year, Apple effectively smashed that clock. It all started with the MacBook Pros released in April 2010… The 13-inch MacBook Pro (), however, stuck with the older Core 2 Duo CPU. The simple decision to stick with the Core 2 Duo indicated two things: first, that the Apple–Intel relationship might not be as cozy as it once was; and, second, that Apple really likes graphics processing units (GPUs). Those two points will drive much of Apple’s hardware decision-making over the next two years.”
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