Intel Reveals New 10th-Gen Core Processors Suitable for MacBook Air and Base 13-Inch MacBook Pro

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.

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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.

The lineup of 11 new processors includes six U-series chips and five Y-series chips:

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Intel is also introducing a new processor number naming structure starting with this first set of 10th-generation Core processors, doing away with Y and U series identifiers and instead emphasizing graphics. The new structure is a bit confusing, but The Verge has a nice breakdown for deciphering them.

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

Related Roundups: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13"

Top Rated Comments

Nik Avatar
19 months ago
It's a shame that Apple killed the 12" MacBook.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hattig Avatar
19 months ago
AnandTech has an extensive preview article. https://www.anandtech.com/show/14664/testing-intel-ice-lake-10nm

tl;dr: two steps forward, two steps back
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
loudfan Avatar
19 months ago

Will this work

WITHOUT LOUD FAN?

No. LOUD FAN good.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aston441 Avatar
19 months ago
Will this work

WITHOUT LOUD FAN?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
19 months ago

It's a shame that Apple killed the 12" MacBook.

This CPU line-up is probably as good a clue as any as to why the 12-inch MacBook was killed (for now). The 2015 MacBook launched with a 4.5W Y-series CPU. Last year's Y-series CPUs then went to 5-7W. Now we're at 9W. Apple designed a laptop based on the assumption — presumably promised as such by Intel — that Intel would keep iterating on a roughly 4.5W TDP CPU, and they failed to do so, even after this process shrink.

700MHz base clock. What [S]decade[/S] century is it again?

This is good, actually. Low clock rates means Intel has some breathing room for future generations at the same process size to offer more performance simply by cranking up the clock rate.

Which TDPs are MacBook pro compatible? All of them?

9W: probably the MacBook Air (which is currently at 7W, but presumably Apple has learnt the lesson not to trust Intel on that).

15W: low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro.

28W: possibly the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, but Apple probably wants more options for that. Also, this CPU model won't ship for a while.

Critically, none of these are even remotely an option for the 15-inch (16-inch?) MacBook Pro, which likely won't see another CPU upgrade until Comet Lake-H in Q2 2020. It'll offer up to ten cores, but it will still be at 14nm and still use a revised Skylake architecture. Still no LPDDR4, even.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twocents Avatar
19 months ago
Can't come soon enough the day that Apple can engineer some A-series chip and release upgrades when the Mac, not Intel, are ready. I could see the MacBook line getting resuscitated as a canary for this
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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