It has been leaked by VR-Zone of a roadmap for the next generation mobile processors from Intel, which is called “Ivy Bridge”. The “Sandy Bridge” processors from Intel are currently being used in Apple’s MacBook Pros and also the MacBook Air laptops.
The “Ivy Bridge” processors will be offering numerous benefits for the laptop lineup offered by Apple, which opens the door for processors in quad-core configurations, in the 13″ MacBook Pro and it may also bring much better graphics and also more OpenCL abilities, to the MacBook Air. It will also be supported by Ivy Bridge of the super high resolution displays and which Intel has become even more dedicated with the support for Thunderbolt, along the side of USB 3.0 within the platform too.
It has been detailed by VR-Zone of a broad range of CPU’s with something called (TDP) or Thermal Design Power which comes in a range from 17w-55w. TDP is tending to be a very limiting factor within the size of the laptops made by Apple. The 17w CPU’s are currently being used in the newest MacBook Air designs and also the 35w-55w CPU’s in the MacBook Pro. The latest CPU’s will be including the drastically improved Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated GPU.
The (MacBook Pro’s) 35w-55w CPU’s are ranging from Dual/Quad-Core 2.6Ghz to 2.9Ghz, with a turbo speeds up to 3.6Ghz for single core speeds, while the 17w (MacBook Air) CPU’s are ranging from Dual Core 1.8Ghzto around 2.0Ghz with turbo speeds in the single core turbo to around 2.8Ghz-3.2Ghz.
The CPU’s of choice from Apple are all depending on how dramatic the redesigns are for the MacBook Pro next year coming up. The rumors are persisting from which Apple may be working on new super-thin models which could bring in a complete overhaul of some for the newest MacBook Pro models, which would make them alot more of a Air-like slim-ness. It also has been noted by VR-Zone that the TDP’s on these new CPU’s are also programmable, meaning that Apple may be capable of reducing their actual TDP’s within at the expense of the actual processors speed.
It has also been reported by VR-Zone that the newest mobile platform is going to be expected to be released in around May, coming along with higher-end CPU’s that will be possibly released in April. Which this actually gives a hard timeframe when we should be expecting more updwates to Apple’s own laptops.