That I ntel is continuing to close the gap between desktop and notebook performance with its most recent Core chips — some of which may wind up in forthcoming Mac apparatus.

On Tuesday, the chipmaker introduced the eighth production of Core notebook processors based on the Coffee Lake platform. And with the new lineup of processors, Intel seems dead set on bringing desktop-level performance to laptop computers.

Among the most notable CPUs is then new Core i9 chip, outfitted with six cores and 12 threads. Intel says it is the top performing notebook chip it has ever designed.

It’s 29 percent faster compared to the previous generation generally performance, and up to 59 percent faster when editing 4K video in Adobe Premiere Pro.


Notably, the Core i9-8950HK mobile chip is a 45W chip, the exact same thermal profile that current MacBook Pro versions can accommodate. Ironically, this means that the Coffee Lake chip could be included as an option for this year’s MacBook Pro refresh.

While base clock rate of 2.9 gigahertz and single-core Turbo Boosts speeds around 4.8 gigahertz, the Core i9 is way more chip than most consumers will ever need. But the chip seems tailor-made for content creators, video editors and gamers — and could be available as a personalization option for some Mac buyers this year.

The newly announced family of processors also includes a quad-core Core i5, which could pave the way for new 13-inch MacBook Pro versions using four cores.

Intel also enlarged its eighth generation of desktop processors, after first debuting the steady of processors last year (like its monster 18-core i9 desktop ). Presumably, a number of those chips may be used in upgraded 4K and 5K iMac versions in the not too distant future.

It’s worth noting that the new laptop chips still don’t encourage low-power LPDDR4 RAM. In other words, while the notebook processors can accommodate computers up to 32GB of memory, we’re unlikely to see a MacBook model with much extra RAM this year.

The Growth of Apple’s Chips

Intel’s new family of chips are amazingly strong, and as stated earlier, deliver a more desktop-like experience to mobile computers.  On the flip side, the future of this connection between Apple computers and Intel chips is uncertain.

In other words, that means — for some users — that the 2018 lineup of Mac products may be the past Intel-based Apple computers they’ll get their hands on.

Potential fated Date

Apple last upgraded its MacBook lineup with Kaby Lake chips at its Worldwide Developer’s Seminar.

Based on that timeline, it stands to reason that new Mac notebooks and laptops may debut with all the updated processors at this year’s WWDC, which is slated to begin June 4.