Intel recently demoed a number of upcoming processors set to hit the market later this year, including low power versions of the company’s “Haswell” fourth-generation Core series CPUs, which are set to roll out in Apple’s inevitable 2013 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro refreshes. Although Apple was not specifically mentioned in Intel’s keynote, which focused on the chip maker’s push into smartphones and Ultrabooks, the processors outlined on Monday will likely be powering the MacBook lineup this year.
According to Kirk Skaugen, the head of Intel’s PC client group, the fourth-generation Core family of processors are the first to be designed specifically for the Ultrabook initiative. The silicon used in the new processors is said to bring the best battery life improvement in Intel history. Laptops that utilize the CPU were boasting 9 to 13 hours of continuous on-the-go use, a number that is quite impressive. Skaugen said the following regarding the topic:
The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind. We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls.