Jim Keller, Intel (ex-Apple)

Don’t expect a MacBook Pro with 32GB of RAM this year

Do you know a similarity between the MacBooks Pro launched in the beginning of 2011 (yes, more than seven years ago) and the current ones? Both support a maximum of 16GB RAM. At the time, this was wonderful; today, not so much.

In October 2016, this limitation was at the center of a controversy and Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing, explained it. This surfaced shortly afterwards, and there was even a rumor that Apple could temporarily adopt desktop memories on MacBooks Pro to reach 32GB of RAM.

Well, it looks like it was stuck and we were waiting for the end of this year for new MacBooks Pro with chip generation Cannon lake from Intel – the first to support LPRDDR4 memories, reaching 32GB. Behold, again, these new processors will delay.

Intel released its financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2018 yesterday and, at a conference with analysts, revealed that the mass production of chips Cannon lake it will only start in 2019. They are already being produced in certain quantities, but the manufacturer revealed that it still needs to solve some problems before turning the key around.

That is, the MacBooks Pro that are likely to be launched this year will still have chips of the generation “Coffee Lake”, of 14 nanometers. In addition to LPDDR4 support, generation Cannon lake it will be built in a 10 nanometer process – that is, we can expect faster and more energy efficient chips as well.

The original generation launch forecast Cannon lake, believe me, it was for 2016. This explains a lot why the rumors of Apple adopting its own chips on Macs are so strong …

New senior vice president of silicon engineering

Jim Keller, Intel (ex-Apple)

On a related note, Intel has just hired Jim Keller as your new senior vice president of silicon engineering.

Keller was VP of the Autopilot team at Tesla since 2015, but before that he went to AMD, who hired him due to his excellent work at PA Semi – a company bought by Apple in 2008. He even worked on the first two generations of Apple chips , A4 and A5.

The executive will officially begin at Intel this Monday, April 30.

via AppleInsider, Apple World Today