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  • Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Claims Next-Gen "Broadwell" CPUs will Launch by End of 2014

    Whether or not they power any of Apple’s 2014 Mac lineup, Intel’s next-gen chips which have been dubbed “Broadwell” will be arriving in PCs this holiday season according to the company CEO. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told Reuters that while Broadwell CPUs probably will not make it in time for the popular back-to-school shopping season, he would be able to “guarantee” that they will arrive in time for the holidays. This suggests that availability won’t be limited and won’t be coming in at the “last minute” either.

    The Cupertino California company is reliant on Intel’s chip release schedule if it wants to make significant performance improvements to its next-gen Macs. Last month the company refreshed its MacBook Air lineup with slightly faster chips based on the current generation “Haswell” processors, but the real selling point of the new thin-and-light notebooks was a $100 price cut, bringing the entry-level model down to $899, making it the most affordable notebook in Apple history.

    Krzanich’s comments seem to dispel recent rumors, which suggested the first Intel Broadwell chips may not arrive in shipping PCs until early 2015. The next-gen CPUs were originally scheduled to arrive earlier this year but ended up facing many delays. For those of you who didn’t know, Broadwell is the codename used to refer to a 14-nanometer die shrink of Intel’s existing 22-nanometer Haswell architecture. Intel says its new, smaller designs will bring a 30% reduction in power consumption while offering the same horsepower.

    The Cupertino California company’s current MacBook Air lineup boasts up to 12 hours of battery life, which means Broadwell processors could boost uptime on future models to north of 15 hours. With the current MacBook Airs seeing a refresh, it’s unlikely that Broadwell chips might come to those models before the end of 2014. Instead, Apple’s MacBook Pros could be candidates for a late 2014 Broadwell update, if Intel were able to ship the new PCUs in a timely enough fashion.

    Another Apple notebook expected later this year is an all-new MacBook Air with Retina display. It’s rumored that Apple is preparing a new MacBook Air design with a high-resolution 12-inch Retina display that will be offered alongside the current 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs with standard resolution screens. Given the horsepower needed to push those extra pixels, the rumored MacBook Air with Retina display could be a strong candidate for the added battery life that would come from a Broadwell CPU.

    Source: Reuters
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