Apple’s Upcoming 13-Inch MacBook Pro Could Feature 10th Gen. Intel Ice Lake Processors

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019

Apple had launched the 16-inch MacBook Pro with better keyboard keys and 9th Gen. Intel processors, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro is still stuck with 8th Gen. CPUs. Now, it is being reported that this year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro could be upgraded with Intel’s latest generation processors.

Given that the 16-inch MacBook Pro was launched with massive upgrades, loyal Mac users were asking when the 13-inch MacBook Pro would get the same love. Well, according to a new benchmark that was leaked recently, it is possible that Apple is testing upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pros with Intel’s 10th generation Ice Lake CPUs.

The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro could use the Intel Core i7-1068NG7 quad-core CPU in at least one of its variants. The processor has a base clock speed of 2.3GHz, reaching as high as 4.1GHz in the Turbo Boost mode, and supports multithreading. The TDP of the CPU is pegged at 28 watts. The laptop could also feature up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD.

The new model could have up to 12% higher performance in CPU workloads and up to 29% higher performance in GPU workloads. If this information turns out to be true, the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro would be the first Mac to use Intel’s 10th generation Core series processors. We can expect the 16-inch MacBook Pro to be upgraded to 10th Gen. Intel processors as well.

The current-generation model of the laptop was released in mid-2019, and the next model could be officially unveiled sometime in the first half of this year. There’s a possibility of the Cupertino-based firm to bundle its announcement along with the launch of the iPhone 9. Apple could also announce it during WWDC 2020 along with some other products like AirTags and high-end headphones.