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Rumor: 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro rates 10nm Intel Ice Lake processor

Supposedly leaked benchmark data posted online last week suggests Apple plans to integrate Intel's 10th generation Core processors, dubbed "Ice Lake," in variants of a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro line.




Serial leaker "_rogame" on Saturday posted to Twitter screenshots of a 3DMark Time Spy benchmark that appears to reveal operating details of an unreleased "2020 13" MacBook Pro" model, reports wccftech.

Of note, the supposed Apple laptop is seen running a quad-core Intel Core i7-1068G7 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz. The 10nm, chip could be a custom package for Apple, as its SKU is not currently listed on Intel ARK. Alternatively, Intel could officially add the processor to its consumer offerings following a MacBook Pro debut later this year.

According to the tests, Intel's next-generation silicon offers modest improvements over last year's 13-inch MacBook Pro running Intel's 8th generation i5-8279U, a quad-core chip clocked at 2.4GHz with maximum Turbo frequency of 4.1GHz. Beyond sharing a TDP of 28W and similar base frequency, the two chips expectedly differ in terms of sheer performance due in large part to design improvements between generations.

The 3DMark evaluation shows the i7 ahead of the i5 by 12% in CPU testing and up to 29.2% more powerful in graphics testing. It is assumed that the 13-inch MacBook Pro will continue to rely on Intel's integrated graphics, though it remains unclear whether the supposed next-gen chipset integrates Intel Iris Plus or Intel UHD technology. For reference, the higher specification 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro included in _rogame's benchmark leverages an Iris Plus 655 GPU, a step above the Iris Plus 645 that debuted with the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro last year.

Apple is rumored to launch an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro later this year with scissor switch "Magic Keyboard," 32GB of addressable RAM and minor design tweaks.