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Apple's next MacBook Pros will have Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs

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Cecil Davis | 06 July, 2018, 17:34

Some had suggested that WWDC would herald the arrival of new notebooks, something that ended up not happening, and others had suggested that a new keyboard could be in the works for any new MacBook Pro update.

The last time we got new MacBook Pro models from Apple was a year ago, when they were refreshed with Intel's seventh-generation "Kaby Lake" chips.

The benchmark, spotted by Neowin, showed a Geebench 4 score for a "MacBook Pro15,2" with an Intel Core i7-8559U, an 8th-gen mobile chip from Intel's Coffee Lake processor lineup.

The purported Geekbench scores for the "MacBookPro15,2" are 16607 in the multi core test and 4448 in the single-core one.

A refresh to Apple's laptop line is generally expected by the end of the year, including a new MacBook Air replacement product with a 13-inch Retina display.

The benchmark shows the notebook achieving a single-core score of 4448 and a multi-core score of 16607, which is pretty decent and almost double the score of the 13-inch MacBook Pro from mid-2017.

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Whether this benchmark indicates the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro will have a substantially better processor is not known. The i7-8559U was created to be easily downclocked to 20W.

The 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro employs an Intel Core i7-7567U.

Actually, the performance of the prototype is much closer to the mid-2017 15-inch MacBook Pro, which has average Geekbench scores of 15551 multi-core and 4624 single-core. The Coffee Lake U has a 28W TDP and features a quad-core processor with eight threads. However, since the 15,2 is running on LPDDR3 RAM, it's still limited to 16GB.

Naturally, as mentioned above, this listing in itself is not definitive proof of Apple's decision to upgrade the MacBook Pro lineup.

The bad news comes from the RAM department.

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