Intel reveals new 10th-Gen Core processors suitable for Apple’s MacBook Air and base 13-Inch MacBook Pro

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Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

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.

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

MacDailyNews Take: Hey, look, Intel did something!


  1. “Intel expects the first notebooks with Ice Lake chips to be available in time for the holiday shopping season.” Wrong. Actually, several “launch partners” are expected to introduce “thin-and-light notebooks” within the next few weeks, not the next several months.

    Long time stragglers like Apple will take many months to introduce something based upon these chips (and their associated support chips).

    These chips are interesting. Intel has been allowing testers to report on the performance for these chips for the last week or more — something that has been unusual for Intel for several years. Think of it: 4 TB3 ports on the chip, high speed low power RAM, on average 18% faster at the same clock rate, vastly faster on chip graphics, etc. Reviewers have almost universally praised these new chips. Could some things have been better? Yes. But as a whole these new chips are a step forward.

    What is Apple doing with the MacBook Air that could use these chips? Announce a couple weeks earlier machines based upon the 8th generation chips!!! These new ones are 10th gen. Certainly Apple has had access to pre-production and then limited production 10th gen chips for months. Could Apple have been a launch partner? Yes, but Apple won’t be.
    Could Apple have delayed the introduction of the 2019 MacBook Air machines in order to include these chips? Yes, but it didn’t.

    Once upon a time the MacBook Air was THE leading edge in the “thin-and-light notebooks” space. It has not been for some time. It definitely looks like this trend will continue.

    With Apple’s history of only introducing machines based upon old hardware from Intel, I don’t expect MacBook Airs based upon these new chips until 2020 and maybe not until mid 2020 or later.

    1. Apple is smart not to trust the untrustworthy phukkers at Intel. Safer to go with an 8th gen chip in wide production than a 10nm chip that’s going to have some undisclosed phuq-up

      Intel cannot be trusted. Apple’s MO is to go with what works, not trust phukwits like the phool who thinks Apple is for “rich people”

      No, phuqqwit- Apple is for smart people.

    2. “Could Apple have delayed the introduction of the 2019 MacBook Air machines in order to include these chips?”
      Yes, Apple could have definitely kept customers waiting LONGER due to Intel’s broken promises.

      1. Your endless tirade against US chipmaker Intel is tiring.

        What you apparently fail to recognize is that Intel isn’t interested in competing against junk chipmakers of disposable ARM device chips. Intel makes high-performance chips for the world’s most capable computing systems, high end stuff vastly beyond the capabilities that mobile phone customers get. For high performance computing, die size is not a bragging stat. There are dozens of other parameters much more important. We all hope that someday you will understand that ARM is not a substitute for a complete personal computer chipset. Meanwhile, please refrain from the barrage of anti-Intel propaganda. Apple has chosen to wed the Mac to Intel’s x86-64 chips for many reasons, and none of those reasons have changed. They will not change based on your whining. Enjoy your iOS toys if that’s good enough for you. Mac users will continue to prefer a more capable chip architecture, thank you very much.

        1. I said nothing about ARM or AMD. That was you 🙂 My perspective is more from what Intel SAID, and I then compared to what Intel DID. Intel SAID they were shipping a product with these features YEARS ago, they’re just now doing it. So, if you compare what Intel said they would do, to what Intel eventually actually did, you can’t come away with any other assessment than, for whatever reason, Intel is unable to meet their mobile processor delivery dates. Which, incidentally, actually agrees with your statement that Intel makes high-performance chips. That’s their bread and butter and where they make the majority of their money. They are NOT experts at high-performance, low power processors, as they’ve stumbled recently very badly in this area.

          If “Anti-Intel propaganda” equates to “recognizing that Intel missed the targets they set for themselves”, then let the propaganda continue!

  2. Thats Apples MO… yesterdays hardware at tomorrows prices! same goes for the new mac pro. it will already be outdated and “obsolete” when it drops.

    1. Hey Ballmer, get back into your Ballsaq where you belong – where rich idiots spend their time fondline their balls. Fraqq you, pharqwheat.

    1. Exactly, Intel is so far behind. 10nm in 2019, without reliability, guarantee of supply or even any guarantee the processor bugs are squashed. PHUQCK INTEL!

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