It’s just the most probable development of the situation. But most likely, in the near future, in March or April, Apple will update the MacBook Pro lineup. Without going into details, the update should be a big deal: Intel’s tenth generation, the “magic” keyboard and Touch Bar physical keys Escape and Touch ID in 13-inch (14-inch?) model. System-on-chip of its own design with the ARM architecture for Mac and prototype Mac has long been in operation, their output is expected either this year or next. Intel’s problems, and signs of any improvement in the situation there.
Dependence on Intel to finish, the transition Macs to ARM processors is inevitable. Sooner or later. But the later it starts, the better – hurry risky. And, apparently, will begin this process with Macs that are closer to the iPad and iPad Pro. And in a few years Mac am c different architecture will have to exist side by side. The era of change may be announced this June at WWDC – but the MacBook Pro still a few iterations are likely to be processors from Intel.
The new processor Comet Lake
Comet Lake is a Intel Core processor family to the tenth generation. Publicly about them was announced in August 2019, but companies that use Intel processors in their designs, of course, was informed in confidence and other channels. In contrast to the Ice Lake (produced by the optimized 10-nm technology), Comet Lake is produced on the technological process of 14 nm++ (FinFET). According to experts, this process mastered by the company better than any other company in the world. This is partly a joke, Intel is stuck on it not from good life, but only partly. The architecture of these processors is also not wholly new, but the chips are reliable and predictable, hardy and productive. Comet Lake is another Refresh (update) Coffee Lake Refresh.
Intel partners (companies-participants of the project Athena and the most demanding in the world of Apple) mobile processors, the new family was happy. Problems occurred, but on the pre-production stages it is normal. But debugging is the most unpredictable in the world process, and sometimes things go wrong, as we would like. So, apparently, is what happened this time. Mobile processors are divided into three classes, depending on the design requirements heatsink (TDP) and consumed energy. This processor class “Y”, with a TDP of 5-7 Watts, used in ultrathin laptops able to dispense with cooling systems, class “U”, with a TDP of 15-25 Watts, used in laptops like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and class “H”, with a TDP of 45 Watts or higher, for uncompromised portable computing. August 24, 2019 Comet Lake H did not. Their release was postponed.
In the upcoming 16-inch retina MacBook Pro replaced the prototype Comet at Lake Coffee Lake Refresh, checked (with passion), experienced – and because Intel has still not managed to cope with a mysterious problem (or problems), they released it in the light. That 16-inch MacBook Pro uses exactly the same processors as in its immediate ancestor, the attention is of course paid but the triumph of the new MacBook Pro is not affected. With the new processor the triumph would be patriotville, on the condition that he would not have been unpleasant problems.
Processor Comet Lake H
And now, January 6, 2020, at the Intel, two things happened. First, it was announced the imminent release of the Comet Lake class H, and secondly, this some of their technical specifications (number of cores to 8, the maximum frequency from i7 to 5 GHz, the i9 even higher), but about when will begin mass production of these processors, not a word was said. Because right after that, evil skeptics and anyone who doubts Intel, the audience was presented to the eleventh generation of Intel processors, Tiger Lake, with a new architecture, which will be produced on the technological process 10 nm+ and they will come out in the light “for 2020”, also without specifying dates.
January 8, Twitter, Intel Vice President Gregory Bryant said the timing of the release of Comet Lake class H: the first quarter of this year. Until the end of March. According to Gregory, was interested in this issue too many, and he could not answer. January 7, however, the audience was presented Ryzen AMD 4000, a new generation of mobile processors from old main and very successful in our day competitor Intel. Which as we all know, had the appearance of this tweet irrelevant.
The new MacBook Pro
13-inch MacBook Pro uses a 4-core Intel processors Coffee Lake 8th generation class U, 16-inch – 6 – and 8-core Intel processors Coffee Lake Refresh of the 9th generation of class H. the latter is clear: by the time of their release there was nothing else that would fit the most powerful professional laptops from Apple, but for 13-inch MacBook Pro would be awesome Comet Lake class U. I think they did not touch for two reasons. First, if small models are used the processors of the 10th generation processors, the 9th generation in the “top” models are not too relevant. Second, if the 13-inch MacBook Pro Apple will not install a “magic” keyboard and will not update the Touch Bar, it simply does not understand. The latter is likely already done. And as soon as will begin mass production of Comet Lake class H, no obstacles to fully update the entire line will remain.