New MacBook Air to run on 8th-gen Intel Kaby Lake chips

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Apple’s new MacBook Air has just popped up in the rumor mills with details about its internal specs. The laptop is in dire need of a major change after years of the same design and cost.

That change may arrive in October 2018 when Apple is expected to unveil the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News claims that the former will run on the 8th-gen Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processor. This is a bit of a surprise since the SoC came out in the second half of 2017.

Why Apple Is Using Intel Kaby Lake

This means that it’ll be about a year old by the time the latest MacBook Air arrives. The report says that Apple was forced to make this decision because of Intel’s delay in moving to Cannon Lake chipsets. There’s a big difference between the two, with Kaby based on the 14nm process and Cannon based on the 10nm one (lower is better).

Cannon Lake apparently won’t be up for grabs until the end of 2019. Clearly, that’s too late for Apple since it needs the chips now. Intel is actually rolling out faster Whiskey Lake processors in the second half of 2018, but this is again too late. After all, manufacturing will need to begin soon in order for the laptop to be ready by October.

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Intel’s Kaby Lake series consists of a quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 SoC with speeds of up to 4.2GHz in Turbo Boost mode. Intel UHD Graphics 620 is around, along with support for up to 32GB of RAM. The current MacBook Air is stuck with 5th-gen Intel dual-core Core i5 and Core i7 chipsets.

Speculation so far suggests that Apple will refresh the new MacBook Air with a 13-inch Retina display. Some say it could be priced at $799 or $899, much cheaper than its current $999 asking rate. A few reports think the brand will ditch the MacBook Air name and push the laptop simply as a MacBook.

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