MacBook Air May Get Refreshed with 10th-gen Intel CPUs at the End of This Year


Analyst firm IHS Markit told Forbes that the MacBook Air will undergo an update before the year 2019 comes to an end, while a new rumor suggests that the update will be about a newer and better processor.

The last MacBook Air update brought the True Tone technology to its Retina display (which modifies the color temperature for more natural colors, in order to improve the viewing experience). This previous update also lowered the price of the entry-level MacBook Air models. Despite the price cut, the portable computer still felt overpriced for its unimpressive power specs – Apple decided to stick with the dual-core Intel Core i5-8210Y processor.

IHS Markit reports that the refreshed MacBook Air will have an Amber Lake processor. Here’s where it gets a bit confusing. You see, Intel has a bit of a bad habit when it comes to naming their products. It turns out that the new processor will be one of Intel’s new Comet lake 10th-gen CPU models, which will be headed up by the highly efficient and ultra-low-power mobile chips (quad-core Intel Core i7-10510Y in the Y series). The confusion comes from the fact that the aforementioned 10th-gen Y series chips used to be referred to as ‘Amber Lake Y products‘ in Intel’s processor product specification database, along with some 8000 series chips.

Intel has confirmed to Forbes, that the Core i7-10510Y is indeed a Comet lake chip. So, while the rumored MacBook Air update is expected to have a 10-th-gen quad-core CPU, it is still uncertain which one it will be. What we do know for certain, is that if the laptop refresh does happen, it will be a big improvement on the performance front.


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