Apple recently announced their new 2018 MacBook Pros which we’re sure many were hoping to see incorporate the use of Intel’s new 10nm Cannon Lake processors. However for those who have been following the news, you might have heard how the processors were originally intended for a release in 2016.
However there were multiple delays which forced Apple to use Intel’s 14nm Coffee Lake processors instead. The good news is that if you think you can hold off on buying a new Mac computer until 2019 or 2020, you might then be able to benefit from the new Intel chips. This is according to a report from CNBC (via 9to5Mac) in which Intel’s interim CEO Bob Swan confirmed during the company’s earnings call that its 10nm chips will be ready by late 2019.
There are no specific dates mentioned but according to Swan, the new chips will be ready in time for the holiday season. Based on this there are some questions, namely whether or not this means that companies like Apple will be able to gain access to enough of these new chipsets for their 2019 Mac refresh, or if the refresh will only be able to take place in 2020.
There are some obvious benefits to the 10nm chips, such as supporting up to 32GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Apple managed to work around this limitation by using DDR4 which is more power-hungry, but offset this by offering a slightly larger battery. That being said for the non-power user, the differences might be negligible but given how much you would be paying, it is understandable that customers would want to future-proof their purchases as much as possible.
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