With the latest Intel processors finding their way into new systems every month, an update is due for processor candidates on future MacBook Pros. Despite reports about little or no change to the MacBook lineup this year, Apple will almost certainly upgrade the internals. The matrix of processor possibilities for new MacBooks can get quickly unmanageable (i.e., hard to condense into short post). But Intel makes it easier with its ARK database. The Kaby Lake R is a strong candidate for the MBP 13.
Los Angeles/Taipei/San Francisco – By next year, Apple Inc. is planning to start selling Mac computers that contain main processors it has made itself, relying on designs that helped popularize the iPhone and iPad, according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is working on three of its own Mac processors, known as systems-on-a-chip, based on the A14 processor used in the next iPhone. The first of these will be much faster than the processors in the iPhone and iPad, the people said. Apple is preparing to release at least one Mac that uses its own chip next year, according to the people. But the initiative to develop multiple chips, codenamed Kalamata, suggests the company intends to transition more of its Mac lineup away from current supplier Intel Corp. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Apple's partner for iPhone and iPad processors, will build the new Mac chips, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private product plans.
Apple Silicon and the rise of ARMs: How changing Mac's processor could change the world Mac may not be Macintosh any more, but Apple's revival of an old idea suggests history may not have changed as much as we think. Apple held what's likely to be its final special event of the year on Nov. 10. Apple used the event, called One More Thing, to dive deeper into details about the company's switch from Intel processors to ARM-based Apple Silicon revamped Mac lineup, including which models would be the first to get the new chip. We also learned more about MacOS 11 Big Sur, and when it'll be available as an update to current Macs. Here's everything Apple announced during Tuesday's event.
Intel has announced a new range of high-performance 9th-generation Core mobile CPUs aimed at gamers and graphics creators who use larger laptops. The new H-series mobile lineup is led by the unlocked Core i9-9980HK, which has a base clock speed of 2.4GHz and can be boosted to 5GHz. It also features eight cores, 16 threads and a 16MB cache. The H-Series Core mobile processors are for larger laptops, compared with the Y and U series for slimmer devices. The 9th-gen H-series includes locked i9, i7 and i5 processors.
Apple's chip designers are preparing a new set of processors for 2021 that potentially create a significant threat to the Wintel, or Windows-Intel, alliance that's dominated personal computers since the 1980s. Bloomberg's Apple watchers report that Apple chip engineers are busy making several successors to M1, the first iteration of Apple's Arm-based Silicon chips in the new MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac mini. Apple Silicon and the rise of ARMs: How changing Mac's processor could change the world Mac may not be Macintosh any more, but Apple's revival of an old idea suggests history may not have changed as much as we think. Early benchmarks show the M1 computers smash the Intel-based Mac siblings and even make Windows 10 on Arm look good compared with Microsoft's OS on its own Surface Pro X. Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on Arm to manufacturers like HP and Lenovo as opposed to end users, so Windows can't run on Apple's new hardware. But an Amazon Web Services (AWS) virtualization engineer recently got a virtualized version of Microsoft's Arm variant of Windows 10 to run on Apple's M1 hardware.