Intel's Skylake Processor Lineup for MacBook Air Unveiled

Details on Intel's upcoming 15-watt 6200U - 6600U Skylake processor lineup were shared today by Fanless Tech, giving us a look at what we can expect from the processors that will likely be used in Apple's next MacBook Air update.

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The 2.3GHz i5-6200U and the 2.4GHz i5-6300U chips are appropriate for the lower-end MacBook Air models, while the 2.5GHz i7-6500U and the 2.6GHz i7-6600U would be used in the higher-end MacBook Air models. All four chips include Intel HD 520 graphics. With Skylake, Intel has opted to simplify its graphics naming scheme, adopting 3-digit numbers instead of 4-digit numbers.

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It is not clear when Intel plans to release the Skylake chips appropriate for the MacBook Air, but with full specs now available, it seems launch is imminent, perhaps planned for next week's Intel Developer Forum.

According to the information available, 28-watt chips appropriate for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will not be launching until 2016. Launch dates are equally unclear for the rest of the Skylake lineup, as today's leak only covers chips that would be used in the MacBook Air.

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Intel's Skylake processors are expected to offer a 10 to 20 percent boost in CPU performance over Broadwell, plus lower power consumption and improved Intel HD integrated graphics performance. Better energy efficiency will also lead to up to 30 percent longer battery life.

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Top Rated Comments

sw1tcher Avatar
116 months ago
I hope they will ditch the MBA series, make MB with skylake in 12' and 14'(2 USBC). And focus on a new stunning MBP.
How would one carry around a 12 foot or 14 foot MacBook?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nepalisherpa Avatar
116 months ago
Give me 11" Air with Skylake and retina display, please!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Makosuke Avatar
116 months ago
It's not going to happen, but boy do I wish Intel would do something about their confusing naming schemes.

It was bad enough that we're now up to six generations of "Core i3/5/7" processors, the only way to differentiate between which is a somewhat random part number that means nothing unless you look it up in Intel's Ark, or an arbitrary code name that isn't printed anywhere on the box.

Now they've dropped a zero from the GPU model numbers they've been using for years, which adds additional confusion to anybody who doesn't actively follow these things. "No, no, that's a 520, which is newer and much faster than a 5200."

It's not that the information is impossible to come up with in most cases (apart from computers that come with a "Core i5" CPU without specifying in any way what generation or model it is), but it's needlessly confusing, particularly for the not-wildly technical. "Well, yes, they both say "Core i7" on them, and the GHz number is the same, but this one is way faster because it's actually three generations newer." or "Yes, they both say "i5", but this one has two cores and is a low-power mobile part, while this one has four cores and is a high-power desktop part. And also the generations are completely different."

Even Apple, masters of opaque product names, has a model year associated with each "iMac", has neatly sequentially numbered A-series processors, and their arbitrarily-named OSes have a simple version number to make it clear.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vdgroodt Avatar
116 months ago
I hope they will ditch the MBA series, make MB with skylake in 12'' and 14''(2 USBC). And focus on a new stunning MBP.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dayv Avatar
116 months ago
i think intel is purposeful delaying skylake chips.
It is a well-known fact that Intel hates money.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cosmos Avatar
116 months ago
Improved CPU, graphics and battery performance. Check, check and check. Now release them and take my money!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)