Apple on Tuesday unveiled the primary Retina MacBook Air, simply as we anticipated, a redesigned machine that needs to be higher in virtually each method than its predecessor — the brand new Air solely has USB-C ports and the MagSafe charging port is gone, aligning the Air design to the MacBook and Pro collection. But what Apple didn’t inform us on stage is that the brand new MacBook Air has a processor that’s not accessible on every other laptop computer, no less than not in the intervening time.
Apple mentioned the brand new pocket book packs an Intel Core i5 chip clocked at 1.6GHz, and able to go as much as three.6GHz with Turbo Boost. There’s no different choice for the MacBook Air proper now. You can improve the RAM as much as 16GB and storage as much as 1.5TB SSD, however the processor is all the time the identical.
It was AnandTech that first noticed the brand new Air encompasses a chip that was nowhere to be discovered at Intel:
Under the hood particulars are a little bit more durable to return by. Curiously, Apple is just providing a single CPU choice right here, an Intel Core i5. And whereas the corporate by no means names the precise processor fashions they use, the specs right here – three.6GHz turbo with Intel UHD Graphics 617 – don’t match any recognized Intel chip, even when factoring in numerous cTDP choices. We’ve heard rumors of Intel placing collectively a Core i5-8210Y, and we’ve reached out to Intel to attempt to affirm.
AnandTech speculated that the chip is one in all Intel’s 5 Watt Y-series chips a part of the just lately introduced Amber Lake household. In addition to providing notable efficiency good points, the brand new chip is what helped Apple enhance battery life on the brand new Air:
Compared to the Broadwell (fifth Gen Core) chips within the earlier MacBook Air, these chips symbolize an enormous step up in capabilities and efficiency, incorporating a more moderen CPU core design in addition to a more moderen GPU design. However it’s additionally notable that the brand new chips, even in cTDP up mode, are additionally a lot decrease energy than the older 15W U-series chips Apple used, which implies that processor energy consumption needs to be considerably diminished – and the chips thinner as properly – although the entire efficiency acquire received’t be fairly as a lot as if Apple had caught with U-series chips.
Intel has since up to date its ARK database to incorporate the brand new processor, MacRumors stories, which occurs to be a 7W Core i5-8210Y Amber Lake Y processor, not 5W.
The Retina MacBook Air’s battery ought to last as long as 12 hours (internet searching) and as much as 13 hours (video playback), which is longer than…