Intel introduces 6th-gen Intel Core ‘Skylake’ processor family

Today Intel Corporation introduced the 6th Generation Intel Core processor family, the company’s best processors ever. The 6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver enhanced performance and new immersive experiences at the lowest power levels ever and also support the broadest range of device designs – from the ultra-mobile compute stick, to 2 in 1s and huge high-definition All-in-One desktops, to new mobile workstations.

There are over 500 million computers in use today that are four to five years old or older. They are slow to wake, their batteries don’t last long, and they can’t take advantage of all the new experiences available today. Built on the new Skylake microarchitecture on Intel’s leading 14nm manufacturing process technology, 6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver up to two and a half times better performance, triple the battery life, and graphics that are 30 times better for seamless and smooth gaming and video experiences versus the average 5-year-old computer. They can also be half as thin and half the weight, have faster wake up time, and battery life that lasts virtually all day.

6th Gen Intel Core Powers Range of New Devices
The new 6th Gen Intel Core processor family enables a broad range of designs to fit virtually every need. Intel Core M processors, which can offer twice the performance of leading premium tablets, will now include brand levels Intel Core m3, m5 and m7 processors to provide people with more clarity and choice in finding the Intel Core M processor-based device that best meets their specific needs. The Intel Compute Stick lineup expands to include a version powered by the 6th Gen Intel Core M processor.

This new generation of Intel processors also includes several firsts for mobile designs: a mobile “K” SKU that is unlocked to enable overclocking with even more user control, a new quad-core Intel Core i5 processor that offers up to 60 percent improved mobile multitasking, and the Intel Xeon E3 processor family now powering mobile workstations. The 6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver significant improvements in graphics performance to offer stunning visuals for gaming as well as compelling 4K content creation and media playback. New Intel Speed Shift technology improves the responsiveness of mobile systems so people can, for example, apply a photo filter up to 45 percent faster.

In addition, the 6th Gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon platforms will offer a variety of new features and experiences. More devices will feature Thunderbolt 3 for USB Type-C, enabling one compact port that does it all. A user-facing or world-facing Intel RealSense Camera will be available on a range of new 6th Gen Intel Core processor-based 2 in 1s, notebooks and All-in-One desktop systems, offering new depth-sensing capabilities and immersive experiences that allow people to do things like take and share lifelike 3-D selfies, scan objects and print in 3-D, and easily remove and change their background during a video chat.

The 6th Gen Intel Core platform will also advance Intel’s “no wires” initiative to deliver the best experience for wireless display available today with Intel® WiDi or Pro WiDi. This technology allows people to easily share from their computer to a TV, monitor or projector without the mess of wires and dongles.

True Key technology by Intel Security is also available on many 6th Gen Intel Core processor-based systems to deliver a secure experience for logging into devices and websites without the need to remember each site’s password.

Coming Soon: Intel Iris Graphics, Intel vPro for business, and products for IoT
In the coming months, Intel plans to deliver more than 48 processors in the 6th Gen Intel Core processor family, featuring Intel Iris and Iris Pro graphics, as well as Intel Xeon E3-1500M processor family for mobile workstations and 6th Gen Intel vPro processors for business and enterprises. A variety of devices across a wide range of form factors will be available now and over the coming months from manufacturers around the world. In addition, Intel is offering more than 25 products for the Internet of Things (IoT) with up to 7-year long-life supply and error correcting code (ECC) at multiple TDP levels. Retail, medical, industrial, and digital surveillance and security industries will all benefit from the new 6th Gen Intel Core processor improvements and includes IoT designs from the edge to the cloud.

Source: Intel

Intel’s fact sheet here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bring on the new Macs!


  1. Hopefully we’ll see new 27 or 30-inch iMacs with Xeon E3 processors, USB-Type C ports and 5K or higher resolution soon.
    Sell an optional Bluetooth EXTENDED keyboard with black keys and LED backlighting, a new black and aluminum Magic Mouse and a new Magic Trackpad with Force Touch and I’ll be happy.

      1. My guess is the cost of another product line vs the profit is not good enough for Apple. A ten-key pad is for data entry, which most people really don’t know how to use properly. You can buy Bluetooth keypads. They also make some that can be physically connected to Apple’s keyboards.

  2. I am sure the new Intel processor is a great one. And the new Macs will be fantastic. But, my old Macbook that is now almost 7 years old still runs well although a bit slowly. It still runs the newest OS. The only repair was replacing a bad HD a few years back. Apple quality drips from this machine. As much as I would love a new MacBook Air, I can’t justify getting rid of this lovely old MacBook yet. It’s just a great machine.

    1. If it does the job, then keep it until it dies. I have a 2007 24″ Intel iMac that is still going strong after nearly eight years. I upgraded it to 4GB SDRAM immediately after buying it. A few years ago, I upgraded the internal HDD from 500GB to 2TB. But I have not experienced any hardware failures other than going through a couple of mice. Apple products have been good to me.

    2. a generous person would “donate” a fully functional 7 year old laptop to a sibling, parent, child, cousin, or some other poor sot who does not understand the return on investment that mac users do, and get the benefit of the newer technology, unless of course money was the issue

  3. Interesting that Apples hometown newspaper, the San Jose Mercury article this morning is all about the Intel chip and Windows 10. Lots of statements there about cheaper, lighter laptops to run Win 10. We can count on Wolverton and Magid to follow up tomorrow with more about Win 10. Wolverton does a hit piece on Apple products about once a week. Last week he trashed the Apple Watch. Some hometown paper.

  4. I am kind of disappointed at Apple’s use of Vampire video (Intel Integrated Graphics) on desktop Macs- especially at the premium that Apple charges for their hardware. A $1,000+ Mac should not have Intel Integrated Graphics.

    I could not give a shit about the skinny profile of the new iMac or Mac mini, but do care about the ability to get a decent GPU and add memory. Apple’s use of mobile CPUs in desktops so they can cram them in skinny cases is not in users best interest.

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