Apple May Have Revealed Intel CPUs Used in Upcoming 13-Inch MacBook Pro Refresh

Apple recently released the macOS 10.15.5 Beta 1 update to developers after launching the 2020 MacBook Air 13-inch. Moreover, the company has already launched the replacement for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Now, everyone is wondering when Apple would release a new laptop to replace the current-generation MacBook Pro 13-inch.

Apple’s beta software releases usually reveal exciting tidbits of information that points towards possible new software features and new hardware products. The first developer beta version of macOS 10.15.5, which was released last week, shows signs of support for newer Intel processors that haven’t yet been used in any MacBook.

A Twitter user, who goes by the handle @_rogame, has managed to dig out an interesting piece of information from macOS 10.15.5 Beta 1 code. Going by their tweet, Apple has added support for nine new Intel Ice Lake CPU models. Some of these processors could debut with the upcoming MacBook Pro, while others could be used in refreshed iMacs and Mac Minis. Here are those nine new CPU identifiers:

  1. 0x8A70
  2. 0x8A71
  3. 0x8A51: Intel Core i7-1060G7, Intel Core i5-1030G7
  4. 0x8A5C: Intel Core i5-1030G4, Intel Core i3-1000G4
  5. 0x8A5D
  6. 0x8A52: Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i5-1035G7
  7. 0x8A53
  8. 0x8A5A: Intel Core i5-1035G4
  9. 0x8A5B

As we know already, Intel has been providing customized CPU models for MacBooks, including the 2020 MacBook Air. Some of the unidentified CPU models from the latest macOS 10.15.5 beta code could point towards 15W and 28W CPUs that could potentially be used in the 14-inch MacBook Pro.

Our Take

We expect that Apple will soon announce a 14-inch MacBook Pro Retina to replace the current-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro. The upcoming laptop could feature 10th Gen. Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 Ice Lake processors with beefier integrated graphics, DDR4 RAM, and higher storage space. However, the most crucial update would be its Magic Keyboard with scissor switches rather than unreliable butterfly switches.

[Source: Twitter]