Apple’s Skylake MacBook Pro Lineup To Come With These Intel Processors

Omar Sohail
Posted Jan 28, 2016
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With Apple looking it refresh its high-end notebook lineup, the MacBook Pro family, Intel has released the perfect weapon of choice that will go well with these powerful machines.

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MacBook Pro To Feature The Following Intel Skylake processors

It was high time that Apple had upgraded its high-end notebook lineup. The 12 inch underpowered MacBook was definitely something that would have been appreciated with the company’s extreme affinity towards making the machine as slim as possible, if not for a boatload of sacrifices that had to be incorporated in order to make this possible. Coming back to the chips that will be powering up the future MacBook Pro, the 15 inch version is most likely going to feature the following processor models:

  • Core i7-6770HQ: A 2.6GHz quad-core processor
  • Core i7-6870HQ: A 2.7GHz quad-core processor
  • Core i7-6970HQ: A 2.8GHz quad-core processor

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While we say this, keep in mind that Intel also released a family of Xeon mobile processors, so these chips could also end up powering the MacBook Pro lineup in the near future. The processors (image given directly below) could definitely define the raw processing capabilities of this new lineup, but it could also mean that Apple would be forced to exponentially increase the pricing of its notebook family, because just look at those prices. Additionally, Apple does not like to skimp out on incorporating these notebooks with fast PCI-E based flash storage that deliver blistering read and write speeds, so we could be looking at a pretty expensive product lineup in the foreseeable future (possibly at WWDC 2016 or just a brief sliver of what to expect later down the road).

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With the introduction of Type-C USB ports, we could see such an interface present on the upcoming MacBook Pro family, which would provide a new combination of power delivery and high speed data transfers from a single port. The extra processing power could also mean that Apple could incorporate high resolution displays inside the MacBook Pro family, since these machines would effortlessly be able to push a high amount of pixels across all that real estate.

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A while ago, we detailed that since Apple does a good job in harmoniously placing its software and hardware together (case in point would be the company’s A9X chipset, and its respective benchmarks as it takes on Intel Skylake Core M processors). This could end up becoming a catalyst for Apple to sever its dependency on Intel, at least for the successor of its 12 inch MacBook, which we hope is a worthy successor to the abysmal product that we got to witness last year. Regardless, are you excited to see Apple’s MacBook Pro come incorporated with Intel’s latest slew of powerful Skylake mobile processors?

Let us know your thoughts.

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