It is well known that Apple has always been reluctant to disclose the specific model of the processor when it releases new Mac hardware. Apple's release of the 2018 MacBook Air on October 30 followed this trend. However, looking at the processor specifications of Intel's ARK database, this ultra-light, thin notebook computer should be using Intel's Y series of low-power processors not long ago.
Looking at Apple's official Web site specifications for a new generation of MacBook Aires, we can see that it carries an Intel dual-core Core i5 processor with a 1.6GHz main frequency, and the rest of the data includes Turbo Boost Rui-frequency up to 3.6GHz with a 4MB three-level cache. At the same time, the chip is integrated with ntel UHD Graphics 617 GPU, which supports 16GB memory with 2133MHz main frequency.
These data are then compared with Intel's new APK product database, the latest low-power, eighth-generation Core Y-series Amber Lake. It is not difficult to find that the processor model corresponding to these specifications is Intel Core i5-8210Y.
Interestingly, the new Amber Lake processors previously announced include Core m3-8100Y, Core i5-8200Y, and Core i7-8500Y, all made in a 14 nm process, but all consumed 5W of TDP thermal design power. However, Intel's newly updated Cori5-8210Y processor, just after Apple's announcement, was a 7W thermal design power consumption, suggesting that the average power consumption when running at base frequencies under high-complexity workloads is higher, simply speaking, the performance that can be achieved is higher than 5W.
Previously, the MacBook Air had been using a 15W thermal-designed power processor, and this time it was supposed to go directly to Intel's latest U-Series Whiskey Lake processor, only to find out that the Y-Series Amber Lake chip was actually used for the MacBook. To be honest, this is a major shift in the MacBook Air product line, but it could also upset many MacBook Air fans who are in demand of performance.
As AnandTech, the industry's leading authority, points out, Apple's choice of lower-end Y-series Amber Lake platform chips is equivalent to trading energy efficiency for performance potential.
However, the new generation of MacBook Aires has not improved significantly compared with the older generation. Wi-Fi browsing lasts up to 12 hours, the same as 30 days of standby time. Only iTunes movies have been upgraded by an hour to 13 hours. However, this has to do with batteries and screens, the new MacBook Air lithium-polymer battery has shrunk from 54 to 50.3 watt-hours, and the screen has been upgraded to a higher Retina retinal resolution.
Many netizens believe Apple's downgrading of the MacBook Air processor from the Intel U-Series to the Y-Series seems to indicate that Apple might have planned to cut off the MacBook Air line because the latest model does look more like a 13-inch, higher-end MacBook, despite the Force Touch touch. Boards and Touch ID fingerprints, but this is more like a conventional upgrade, after all, a new technology will continue to be on the lower end of the line after a while, otherwise the new MacBook Air will not look so attractive.
In any case, Intel's latest batch of eighth-generation low-power chips, whether U-Series Whiskey Lake or Y-Series Amber Lake processors, are not officially suited to Apple's Mac products.
First of all, these two series of chips do not support the latest DDR4L or LPDDR4 ultra low power memory. Moreover, Intel's advocacy of Amber Lake, which focuses on improving touch and handwriting interaction experiences, aims to optimize the 2-in-1 device, claiming that using touch pen composition, darkening shadows and coloring can be more accurate, has little to do with the MacBook Air on the Mac platform.
Of course, Amber Lake chips have some new features to look at, such as Intel's statement that laptops or 2 / 1 tablets based on Amber Lake processors can be limited to 7mm in thickness and weigh no more than a pound. Greatly improve portability. Support for gigabit Wi-Fi is the second bright spot. On the other hand, if collocated Intel own Gigabit LTE modem also supports eSIM function. However, the new MacBook Air will not be based on Intel reference to design.