After launching the MacBook Air on Intel’s Haswell chipset in June, Apple could launch the much-awaited update to the MacBook Pro with Retina display in September, according to Hong-Kong based supply chain monitor EMSone. The next generation MacBook Pro would also run on Haswell, bringing with it the benefits of improved power management apart from better graphics processing chops. Also Read - iOS 15 update expected compatibility for iPhones, iPads: Will iPhone 6S see the end of life?
Like the current model equipped with the Ivy Bridge silicon, the Haswell CPU is also built using Intel’s 22-nanometer manufacturing process, and its main selling point its massive battery life improvements and graphical performance. In terms of basic CPU performance, Haswell is comparable to Ivy Bridge. Also Read - 2021 iPad Pro almost matches M1 MacBook Air in benchmark tests
The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display could also have an SKU that will have Intel’s Iris Pro 5200 GPU, instead of the current Nvidia made GPU. The Iris Pro GPU has been built by Intel to compete with Nvidia and AMD based discrete GPU offerings and a presence in Apple’s flagship notebook could be a big win for Intel. Though the GPU remains an unproven element and its performance when compared to Nvidia and AMD based GPUs will remain critical. Also Read - Flipkart Apple Days sale: iPhone 12, iPhone 11 and more iPhone models up from sale with discount
Notably, there appears to be some kind of radio-silence regarding the standard MacBook Pro, and there is no word if it would receive the Haswell chipset.