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    Default Intel Announces Fourth-Generation Processors rumored to be included in Next-Gen MacBook


    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.
    The CPU manufacturer is making a strong push for touch capabilities in this year’s lineup, requiring OEMs to include the functionality in return for “Ultrabook” branding. The company also seems to be mandating that Ultrabook manufacturers incorporate Intel Wireless Display technology into 2013 machines, allowing users to view digital content on an HDTV. Although Apple doesn’t participate in the Ultrabook initiative, a category believed to be a response to the MacBook Air, the Cupertino California company isn’t required to incorporate touchscreen technology into its laptop products. There have been reports pointing towards multitouch capable MacBooks though but Apple is said to debut just a small refresh of its lineup with existing designs in June.

    Source: Intel

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    This makes me excited. Apple already has multi touch figured out with their trackpads now if they add Siri with 10.9 the MBA will be the computer of the future.

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    looking forward to haswell MBA. question though - haswell is the last 22nm release, right? this will be a "tock" release? that mean the 2014 mba will be 14nm or revised/updated haswell?

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