It can be said that – after Apple itself, obviously – no company is as responsible for the development and technological advancement of Macs as Intel. Apple’s partner since 2005, the processor giant is basically the one who sets the trends in the world of personal computing and, therefore, the Apple computer line.
Today, therefore, it can be said that Macs are envisioning their near future once again. I say this because Intel earlier announced its eighth generation of the processor lines Core i5 and i7, which bring some good improvements over previous models – in some cases, specifically, performance gains can reach up to 40%.
Just to be clear, since Intel’s update cycles basically require a PhD to be understood, this eighth generation is not yet the much talked about “Coffee Lake”, which has already had several details revealed but will only begin production at the end of the year; here, in fact, we are dealing with a second version of the generation “Kaby Lake” – whose first version was adopted by Apple very recently, in the latest updates of iMac and MacBooks.
The big difference of the new generation in relation to the previous one is that Intel managed, even using the same architecture, to double the number of cores and threads on each of the processor models, offering options with four and eight cores – that is, if Apple chooses to adopt this generation, we can see 13-inch MacBooks Pro with chips quad-core in the not too distant future. It is worth noting, however, that this eighth generation still does not support LPDDR4 RAM, that is, it is not yet for now that we will see MacBooks with up to 32GB of memory.
One of the most interesting novelties of the new generation is the Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, which allows a much greater variation in the frequencies of clock of processors – to give you an idea, some chips in the new line have relatively low base frequencies, such as 1.8GHz or 1.9GHz, but reach very high speeds, such as 4GHz or 4.2GHz, with the help of the new feature . Below, in fact, it is possible to take a better look at all the new models:
According to Intel, the first new generation processors suitable for desktops, such as the iMac, will arrive in the autumn of the northern hemisphere, that is, sometime in the coming months; chips for notebook computers are described only as arriving “soon”, without a defined date.
Anyway, Macs equipped with the new models should still take a long time to appear – if the Apple will not prefer to skip the generation at once and go straight to the infamous. “Coffee Lake”, next year. We’ll have to wait and see.