13-inch MacBook Pro with four connectors Thunderbolt uses Intel processors “just for Apple”. One of them can be called “secret”, he did not appear in the database Intel’ovskih chips ever. As with every secret in our world, he “lit up” in interesting places with his exact name and marked “Apple”. The second of them, in the “for sale”, was announced along with the rest of the processors Ice Lake class U in August 2019, but its publication was deferred, according to outside observers, because of the usual Intel issues with a 10-nm process. The MBP 13 is declared, the cards opened, everything came together. But the questions remain, e.g.: why do we need the Intel?

Employee the Internet-editions TechRadar Darren Allan suggested that, as he promised, clearly giving madness. Many of these assumptions, and even more abnormal, subsequently brilliantly confirmed. Darren even came up with a name for it: “Dis-ARM-ing the Apple”, which, if you remove the hyphens, translates to “disarming the Apple”, and offered Darren the option “arm” (weapon) replaced by “ARM”. These are the processors which are leaves of Apple. What if the extra six months spent on revision and improvement of processors U-class – a desperate and hopeless attempt by Intel to stop Apple?

The processors in MacBook Pro

In basic configurations, the older model MacBook Pro – Intel Core i5-1038NG7, with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz, the maximum frequency in turbo mode 3.8 GHz, 4-core. 4 physical cores into 8 virtual. Cache third level 6 MB, 2-channel memory controller (DDR4-3200 and LPDDR4-3733), and the like. The most powerful Core i5 in the U-class Ice Lake. Schedule 11-generation, Intel Iris Graphics, maximum performance.

The price of this “former Ice Lake” is unknown, buy it will not succeed. If for any money. The amazing thing is not even that (special Intel processors for Apple available in the second half of zero, they are no longer a sensation): until now, each “fruit” of the variation of processors corresponding to a variation for everyone, almost identical to her. Apple did not require Intel nothing beyond – the differences are related to the configuration of chipset, sometimes elements of appearance. Universal variations of this CPU (Intel Core i5-1038G7), perhaps never had.

Ordering the older model MacBook Pro (from any of the basic configurations), you can replace the Intel Core i5-1038NG7 on Intel Core i7-1068NG7, for an additional fee of $ 200. Clock frequency of 2.3 GHz, the maximum frequency in the “turbo” to 4.1 GHz, cache third level is 8 MB, the same 4 physical cores that the operating system sees 8 virtual. The most powerful Core i7 in U-class, “the former Ice Lake”.

This processor was announced (as the Intel Core i7-1068G7) in 2019, the stated technical data were exactly the same as the Intel Core i7-1068NG7, but together with the mass variations of the Ice Lake, he never came out. Shortly before the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020, its “mass” option was removed from the database processors from Intel. Unusual.

In addition to the purpose and letter of the index “N” in the designation of these processors, they are United by something else: irregular TDP (design requirements for the heat sink), is 28 VT. Other customize laptops under requirements Intel, Apple also requires that the chips are customized to the specific characteristics and demands of its laptops. Accurate to Watt and tenths of a millimeter. Not Dell some!

Intel vs Apple

The assumption (from the series “let’s assume the impossible”) by Darren Allan, maybe unfortunately, maybe not – will not come true. The desire of Apple to control all the important aspects of mobile and computing platforms known and seem justifiable. The only way to make the most of design elements all that is possible in principle, and thus achieve the maximum efficiency and minimum cost of the product. Once over the decision of Steve jobs to become a consummate competitor and a great Samsung media talented and love to have a laugh. It was absolutely impossible.

For three, or even four years working on a translation project Macs on the processors with ARM architecture, it has invested enormous amounts of money and countless man-hours, and now the project has entered the homestretch.

Neither Intel, fiercely resisting the onslaught of AMD nor AMD do not meet the requirements of Apple. Apple has grown from x86-64. This is worked out step. In any case, Apple sure. Wouldn’t this transition a tragic mistake and a disaster? Suddenly they’re not considered or overestimated their capabilities? We’ll find out.