The 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 could get a major performance boost over last year’s models, with a new leak suggesting Apple’s smaller MacBook Pro will get 10th-generation Intel processors.
The rumour comes courtesy of Twitter user @_rogame (via MacRumors), who posted a couple of screenshots allegedly taken from a 3DMark Time Spy benchmark test. The first of these outlines the details of the test model and the second compares its performance with an older 13-inch model.
2020 13″ Macbook Pro
> i7-1068NG7 2.3GHz base 4.1GHz boost 28W
> 32GB of RAM
> 2TB SSD pic.twitter.com/o4k6ymc6oJ
— _rogame (@_rogame) February 15, 2020
The post also compares the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark score of Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5-8279U processor, powering the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2019), against the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1068NG7 processor that will reportedly be fitted inside the 2020 MacBook Pro refresh.
The benchmark performance comparison, if legit, shows a graphics performance boost of roughly 29 percent, while the processing output of the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro goes up by 12 percent.
As for the processor itself, the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1068NG7 falls under the Ice Lake line of chips. It has four cores and 8 threads, with a base clock speed of 2.3GHz and a boost frequency of 4.1GHz. The power uptake stands at 28W.
If last year’s 10nm-based Intel Core i7-1065G7 is anything to go by, the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1068NG7 inside the upcoming MacBook Pro will also rely on the Iris Plus graphics that offers a significant boost over Intel’s UHD series integrated GPUs.
If the rumoured new 13-inch MacBook Pro is released with the Ice Lake chip, it will be the first to use the 10th-generation chip. Rumors suggest Apple will indeed release a 13-inch MacBook Pro in the first half of 2020, which will possibly be unveiled at a March event.