Apple revamped its 27-inch iMac with new Intel processors, AMD graphics and upgrades across the board. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799 and Apple also updated the iMac Pro as well as the 21.5-inch iMac. The performance bump comes as Apple aims to drive iMac demand with more memory, up to 10 cores on its Intel processors, Retina 5K display and audio and camera improvements. Apple is also looking to prep its Mac desktop lineup for its latest Big Sur macOS release. Apple's 27-inch iMac is likely to be the workhorse, but the iMac Pro, which has Intel Xeon processors and a $4,999 price tag, may also garner a look.
Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, Intel is providing more detail about its new line of processors. The company's eighth generation chips, nicknamed "Coffee Lake," will power upcoming laptops launching this year and next. Most notably, the company is adding two additional cores to its U series of processors, which are the ones found in thin notebooks and laptop-tablet hybrids. Those extra cores should give computers powered by the new silicon a speed boost when it comes to multitasking. That's a seemingly huge jump compared to the difference in speed between Intel's sixth and seventh generation processors: its seventh generation chips only increased productivity performance by 12% and web performance by 19% compared to its predecessor.
Intel has announced it will be bringing its 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics to Google Chromebooks, touting faster performance and better graphics. The 11th Gen processors, dubbed Tiger Lake, officially launched earlier this month. According to the company, Tiger Lake is designed to be "the world's best processor for thin and light laptops". Intel said it delivers up to 2.7x faster content creation, more than 20% faster office productivity, and more than 2x faster gaming plus streaming in real-world workflows over competitive products. "At Intel, we engineer our silicon to excel in performance across the widest variety of use cases, workloads and form factors. Chrome OS devices are no exception, and this is a key segment we focus on," a blog post, penned by Intel technology evangelist Marcus Yam said.
Intel has launched the new-generation of the Xeon Phi processors that are aimed at the High Performance Computing (HPC) segment. Intel announced the standalone Xeon Phi processors in November 2015 and they are finally available to customers. All the new processors incorporate 16 GB of MCDRAM memory, which the company suggests is five times more power efficient as GDDR5. The Xeon Phi processors are the company's first bootable host processor and they are designed especially for highly parallel workloads. "It is also the first to integrate both memory and fabric technologies.
Apple first unveiled Project Kalamata -- a master plan to replace Intel's Mac chips with in-house processors -- last month. While the operation was initially expected to begin in 2020, The Oregonian reports that work has already commenced in a'secret' engineering lab in Oregon. At the facility, Apple has apparently enlisted the services of "close to two-dozen" former Intel employees and Oregon tech workers. The shift away from third-party suppliers to custom-built CPUs could help reduce internal costs and give Apple more agency over the manufacturing process as a whole. Originally, the company had considered augmenting Intel's processors with a'Power Nap' chip, though it now looks like part of a long-term plan to go it alone.