• Mike Johnson, almost 4 years ago

    Is Kaby Lake expected to be a major upgrade over the current? I have lost track of where CPUs are at right now. Would Apple increase the price of their offerings if they switch to Kaby Lake?

    4 points
    • Adam RasheedAdam Rasheed, almost 4 years ago

      I'd also like an answer to this.

      1 point
    • Mike Sarcone-Roach, almost 4 years ago

      The previous intel chips were all 2 cores in their mobile variants that Apple used, while Kaby lake has 4 cores.

      This is the biggest difference on paper, in practice I would imagine they would have quite similar performance. Apple stuck with the old chips so long because CPU's haven't evolved much in the last few years.

      More RAM, faster SSD's and beefier GPU's are where the performance margins exist these days.

      0 points
    • Spencer JSpencer J, almost 4 years ago

      Kaby Lake is only slightly faster, but has an architecture that supports more RAM, and Low Power DDR4.

      Skylake (current architecture) only supports LPDDR3, so they can only support up to 16GB.

      Kaby's sufficient for the MBP aren't ready yet, which is why Apple is going to have to start making their own Desktop chips as well. More info here:

      https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/59yrxg/the_true_reason_the_mbp_doesnt_come_with_ddr4_or/

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