Thunderbolt 2, Force Touch trackpad included in MacBook Pro update
Just as speculated in rumors and hinted at just before the online Apple Store was taken down, Apple is making upgrades to its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lines, alongside the new MacBook line. Both lines will be getting improvements, including Broadwell-based Intel processors, bumps to Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPUs, and other improvements, with Apple shipping the updated models starting from later today.
Improved processor, upgraded graphics appear to be sole changes in latest edition
A Chinese site has posted images not of the forthcoming refreshed MacBook Air itself, but of its specifications gleaned from the "About this Mac" dialog. The images are said to be from a soon-to-be-released low-end MacBook Air produced by Foxconn, according to Feng.com, and reveal that the 13-inch unit will sport an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5250U dual-core processor set at 1.6GHz (with turboboost when required) and an Intel HD Graphics 6000 video chipset, along with 4GB of RAM.
Pricing changes, inventory reports suggest late-Feb refresh of Apple ultrabook
Thanks to a confluence of factors -- including sudden price reductions on existing inventory, reports of a lack of restocking, and the timing of Intel's latest low-power notebook chips -- the likelihood of Apple offering a refreshed version of its MacBook Air later this month now appears high. Apple's most popular model of notebook will likely see a chip upgrade to Intel's Broadwell processors, with the possibility of a new 12-inch Retina model.
Enterprise and consumer models available in Q1
Hardware maker Xi3 will be showing off their new "next unit of computing" (NUC) models based on the Intel's fifth-generation Core "Broadwell" processors at their CES booth this week. NUC machines are tiny form-factor computers, similar to a stripped-down Mac mini, that eschew legacy connectivity in favor of cooler, quieter power efficiency compared to tower-style machines. The Xi3 offerings include four different models, for enterprise and consumer customers, including the Xi2 NUC Elli 5 and 5 Pro, and the Xi3 NUC Leon 5 and 5 Pro.
New computers have myriad of upgrade options, including touchscreens
In addition to new display technology and a small form factor PC, computer manufacturer HP has unveiled what it calls its thinnest and lightest workstation ultrabooks. Revealed today are the new HP ZBook 14 G2, and the Zbook 15u G2, both boasting Intel's new Broadwell processor line. The second-generation models have a 14-inch or 15.6-inch high-performance screen size (respectively), and are customizable workstations equipped with Microsoft Windows 8.1, fifth-generation Intel Core processors, with AMD FirePro 3D graphics.
Lineup lacks quad-core desktop and laptop processors
Today, Intel finally unveiled the fifth-generation Intel Core processor family. Named "Broadwell," the long-expected chip technology is introduced in 14 new processors for consumers and businesses, including ten new 15W processors with Intel HD graphics, and four new 28W products with Intel Iris graphics. Alongside the release is the "Cherry Trail" mobile processor, offering 64-bit computing and improved graphics for the mobile user.
Skylake continues 14nm process from Broadwell, could usher in true wireless devices
During the Intel Developer Forum in the Bay Area yesterday, Intel let the world have its first look at the company's new chip series, which will follow Broadwell. The new PC chips, code-named Skylake, will retain the 14nm process that Broadwell introduced, but brings new microarchitecture to the processor that aims to improve performance and provide the platform for the next die shrink.
Core M processors to be used for thin, fanless notebooks, tablets
Intel has launched its Core M processors, the first "Broadwell" chips from the manufacturer. The Core M chip, made using a 14-nanometer process, is said to provide high performance for mobile devices and notebooks, in theory allowing computer and tablet producers to create thinner devices with a longer battery life, as well as fanless systems.
Pushes back possibility of Broadwell-based MacBooks into 2015
Intel's latest consumer-class CPUs, the energy-saving "Broadwell" chips, will only be appearing in limited quantities this year -- and even then only the lowest-end of the chip range will be available, intended for fanless devices like tablets and hybrid tablet-ultrabook devices, says Intel. The new delay, particularly of the more powerful variants, will put a dent in the plans of notebook manufacturers to release power-sipping revamped products in time for the holiday buying season.
Low-powered Broadwell chips claimed for shipment before holidays
Intel's Broadwell processors may end up shipping later than first thought, according to a rumor. The majority of the 14nm-process chips will allegedly go on the market in 2015 instead of this year, though Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich's promise of Broadwell chips shipping in time for the holiday season will apparently be kept, albeit only for lower-powered devices.
Fifth-generation Intel chips not expected to ship by July, August
Intel will be bringing its first chips running the "Broadwell" architecture in time for the holiday season, the head of the company has advised. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich claimed at the weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo, California that, though it will be out before the end of the year, computers running the new fifth-generation processors will not likely ship in time for Back to School shopping.
Game Developer Conference venue for Intel's latest announcement
Intel Corporation unveiled a set of roadmap enhancements, platform features and software partnerships to help drive what the company calls "the reinvention of desktop computing." Included in its announcement are the "Devil's Canyon" processor -- featuring an eight-core design utilizing the Haswell architecture -- a commemorative Pentium processor, and a reference design for a portable all-in-one computer.
Chip maker to remain committed in offering LGA processors
Intel has all but completely denied the rumors that it would move towards only producing hardwired processors. The chip producer has said it would continue to make processors that use sockets in the future, though it was not able to talk about "specific long-term product roadmap plans" which could still be a socket-less existence.
Socketless move sees Intel merge processors with motherboard
Intel is moving towards creating processors that are not replaceable, according to a number of reports. It has been claimed that a new 14-nanometer architecture called Broadwell will replace the current Land Grid Array (LGA) with a Ball Grid Array (BGA), which would make processor-only upgrades effectively impossible to perform.