Why The Next MacBook Pro Update Needs Intel’s New Technology


Intel has announced an update to the 10th-generation Core processors. The tweaked H-Series ‘Comet Lake’ chips offer more speed and power to computers using the hardware. And Apple’s faithful are wondering when the new chips will arrive inside the MacBook Pro.

From Intel’s press release:

“…10th Gen Intel Core laptop processors deliver faster performance with up to 5.3 GHz3 Turbo, eight cores and 16 threads to enable immersive gaming experiences with amazing responsiveness and consistent in-game performance.”

It’s worth noting that the clock speed for the top Core i9 chip remains identical to the 9th-generation chip, but the turbo boost speed has increased, topping out at 5.3 GHz.

12 November 2019, US, New York: The new MacBook Pro, recorded at an Apple presentation in New York, … [+] features a redesigned keyboard, a sophisticated sound system, and a 16-inch display. Photo: Christoph Dernbach/dpa (Photo by Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Why is that important? Because last year’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, the de facto flagship, used this chipset. The recently launched MacBook Air, Apple’s second MacBook to launch with the new scissor-switch Magic Keyboard, did move up to the 10th-generation chipset, but the use of the Iris Plus GPU suggests that the Ice Lake chip is being used, not the Comet Lake.

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My thoughts turn back to the 16-inch MacBook Pro. All things being equal, I wouldn’t expect a new machine to be launched in 2020, but I could easily see a specs bump in the traditional October slot for Apple’s secondary products launching in the last calendar quarter. 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro should also be considered as a viable platform, and that is badly in need of an update, if for nothing else than getting rid of the discredited butterfly keyboard.

Now read more about the impact of the iPad Pro on the MacBook Pro…


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