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Intel plotting chip to rival 14-inch MacBook Pro by 2023

MacBook Pro 2021 Review
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What you need to know

  • Leaked internal documentation reveals Intel is specifically targeting Apple's 14-inch MacBook Pro as a rival.
  • A slide pertaining to Intel's Arrowlake chips suggest it is targeting Apple's powerful MacBook Pro.
  • The chips will likely be 3nm with new performance and efficiency cores.

Leaked internal documentation reveals that Intel is specifically targeting the 14-inch MacBook Pro as a performance rival by late 2023.

The leak comes from Adored TV by way of Wccftech which writes:

With Arrow Lake, it looks like Intel is prioritizing mobile over desktop first and while there will be both Arrow Lake-S and Arrow Lake-P CPUs, the company is aiming to specifically produce its 15th Gen mobility CPUs first to tackle Apple's next-generation MacBook 14" laptops

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Intel Leak (Image credit: AdoredTV)

As you can see from the image the first key takeway pits new Intel Halo squarely against Apple's premium 14-inch laptops with a noted date of August 2023. It's not clear if that date is a release date, or some kind of production target. However, the report says that engineering samples might well be ready by later this year with shipping and final production to begin in Q3/4 of 2023.

The report further notes that the new chips will feature Intel's new performance and efficiency cores, dubbed Lion Cove and Skymont respectively and be based on TSMC's 3nm process.

Now, it's clear from Intel's internal documents that it sees Apple's MacBook Pro (2021) as a direct competitor/benchmark for its own chips. However, what isn't clear from these documents is whether Intel is referring to Apple's current M1 Pro and M1 Max-powered MBP, or if it hopes to match Apple's next iteration of the MacBook Pro at the time of the release. If Intel is targeting the current model and performance, Apple will no doubt have surpassed this with the release of its M2 chips and will likely have upgraded the MacBook Pro by then.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

2 Comments
  • Headline should read. “Intel planning to match Apple M1 by 2023 when Apple is on the M3 and preparing for the M4.
  • All I can say is good on Intel. The Apple SOC M-series chips are amazing, and if Apple switching to in-house silicon has woken Intel up, it can only be good for us (software developers waiting on their compilers to finish). I hope Intel beats Apple’s performance (doubt it, but I hope so), and then Apple finds a way to get even better. I’m really excited to see what the new Mac Pro is gonna be like. I’m not crazy about it being (probably) relatively non-modular, but those compile times on the M1 Max just rule my calculus on this. I have principles, and if you don’t like ‘em, I have others.