Report: Intel's 10nm Delay Led to a 2018 MacBook Redesign

Next month, it is expected that Apple will launch a new MacBook and with it clear up any confusion for consumers over whether they should buy a MacBook or MacBook Air. But the 2018 MacBook isn’t the laptop Apple originally envisioned, and that’s Intel’s fault. According to DigiTimes and VentureBeat, Apple intended to use Intel’s new 10nm processors for the MacBook refresh.

The move to 10nm would have meant less heat and more performance, meaning Apple could potentially reduce the required cooling, make the laptop even thinner, and potentially increase battery life. The problem being, Intel delayed the move to 10nm leaving Apple with a laptop design and no chips. In order to still deliver a new MacBook, Apple is thought to have redesigned the laptop so as to accommodate the already available 14nm Intel Kaby Lake processors.

They offer more than enough performance for the MacBook, but require tweaks in terms of space and cooling. Apparently we can expect to pay a minimum of £1,200 for the new 13-inch MacBook, which is significantly more than the £999 MacBook Air. Back in March there were reports of Apple planning to produce a cheaper MacBook Air, but that was expected to launch in the second quarter of this year.

Even a refresh of the £999 model would prove popular if the 2018 MacBook really does start at £1,200.

Meanwhile, for those after more performance, Apple recently refreshed the MacBook Pro range and received favorable reviews.

It seems Apple quietly fixed the keyboard dust problem that could render keys unusable, but it did have to fix a throttling problem on the Core i9 model that saw performance drop below last year’s models (unless you ran it inside a freezer).

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