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Intel Unveils Next-Generation 'Sunny Cove' Processors and Graphics Appropriate for 2019 Macs

Intel today introduced Sunny Cove, its next-generation processor microarchitecture designed to increase performance and power efficiency.


Sunny Cove microarchitecture, built on a 10nm process, will be the basis for Intel's next-generation Core and Xeon processors later next year according to the company, making them appropriate for potential 2019 models of the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac mini.

Intel also unveiled new Gen11 integrated graphics with up to double the performance of its Gen9 graphics paired with Skylake-based processors. Gen11 graphics will support 4K video streams and 8K content creation in constrained power situations and feature Intel's Adaptive Sync technology for smoother gaming.

Intel did not provide a comparison of Gen11 and Gen10 graphics, paired with Cannon Lake-based processors.

For those who are ever-confused by Intel's roadmap, it is believed that Sunny Cove processors paired with Gen11 graphics will be called Ice Lake, which succeeds Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Amber Lake, and Cannon Lake.

Intel reaffirmed its plan to introduce a discrete graphics processor by 2020, providing Apple with another option beyond its current provider AMD and former provider Nvidia for future MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, and Mac Pro models.

Intel has essentially been iterating on its Skylake microarchitecture since 2015, so it is refreshing that the chipmaker is finally moving on to something new. But with rumors of Macs switching to custom ARM-based processors as early as 2020, it might not be long after Sunny Cove that Apple moves on too.

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6 weeks ago
I'll believe it when I see it!
Rating: 25 Votes
6 weeks ago
All I want is a modular Mac Pro tower, similar to the 2012 Mac Pro but with new hardware. Please make it happen Apple!
Rating: 21 Votes
6 weeks ago
Still unsure about how I feel about Mac moving away from Intel. While I loved my G4 macs, I love my Intel macs wayyyy more....
Rating: 18 Votes
6 weeks ago
I think Apple is more than happy to keep putting three-year-old chips in its machines.
Rating: 12 Votes
6 weeks ago

All I want is a modular Mac Pro tower, similar to the 2012 Mac Pro but with new hardware. Please make it happen Apple!

I think we get it; since you post that on nearly every single Mac thread on here! ;-)
Rating: 11 Votes
6 weeks ago
This will be my next processor. I just hope I'm not making the wrong choice in going with Intel right before Apple makes a huge leap to ARM.
Rating: 9 Votes
6 weeks ago
If they create an ARM-based Mac, it'll probably be an ultrabook. I seriously doubt their Pro models will go ARM, because there's no software for it yet. It must be a gradual process, because we have to wait for Adobe, AutoDesk, VMware and others to rebuild their software for ARM. Not to mention running a Windows VM. Although Microsoft is moving to ARM as well. But they have the same problem, app compatibility. The whole benefit of Windows is that it can run everything, even games from 1994.
Rating: 9 Votes
6 weeks ago
Can’t wait for 2035!
Rating: 7 Votes
6 weeks ago
Looking forward to seeing them in the 2021 iMac then.
Rating: 5 Votes
6 weeks ago

What makes me really sad is that those responses are getting so much attention while my comment only has ONE like... Oh dear. *facepalm*


You broke a lot of people with your post. Guess it was more subtle than I thought.

Perhaps it's the mentality of people eager to get into disagreements online. They see what they perceive as someone making a mistake and are quicker to point it out than to wait a half-second for their brain to come up with other explanations for what they're seeing.
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