Apple Inc. is designing a new chip for future Mac laptops that will take on more of the functionality presently handled by Intel Corp. processors, The chip, which was developed last year, is the same to one already used in the latest MacBook Pro. The updated part, internally codenamed T310, would work on some of the computer's low-power mode functionality. It would also make MacBooks look a lot more like iPhones and iPads wherein Apple uses its own chips. Here are some of the things you might wanna know about Apple's new chip.
Apple's New Chip Improves Battery Life
The said to be similar to the Apple's ARM-based T1 chip that powers the latest MacBook Pro's Touch Bar. Which sits above the keyboard and displays contextual action buttons for various apps. Although, this new processor will be designed to work alongside the Intel SoCs that Macs run on and allow for even lower power consumption than is currently possible with Power Nap.
Expect The New Chip In An Upgraded Version Of Macs
According to a source, the chip might debut in an upgraded MacBook Pro that's being planned for later this 2017. That could be a good fit for the 13-inch Touch Bar model of the MacBook Pro has been always criticized for its poor battery life. In addition, this chip might help to extend things a bit longer. Moreover, the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted in a report at the beginning of this month, that Apple is more likely to launch a new 12-inch MacBook models with Kaby Lake processors and 16GB RAM options in the second quarter of 2017, which will start in March, as well as a 15-inch MacBook with 32GB RAM sometime in the fourth quarter.