Intel’s Next-Gen Haswell Processors Reveal What Will Likely Power The 2013 iMac

Intel’s Next-Gen Haswell Processors Reveal What Will Likely Power The 2013 iMac

Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processor powers Apple’s 2012 iMac, and leaked details for Intel’s next-gen “Haswell” chips point towards the future in 2013. VR-Zone has gotten its hands on what it claims to be a leaked chart for Intel’s Haswell desktop architecture, slated to ship in the spring of 2013. Based on the leak, we may have the specs for what will power next year’s iMac.

Intel’s Next-Gen Haswell Processors Reveal What Will Likely Power The 2013 iMac

The Haswell 22-nanometer processor will be dubbed the “Core 4000 Series” by Intel, according to VR-Zone. It is expected to ship to manufacturers in April of 2013, giving just enough time for a fall iMac refresh. There’s a total of 14 new CPU configurations coming from Intel next year, and the top of the line model is a 3.5GHz Core i7 at 400MHz. The fastest iMac confiuguration is currently a 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7. There are also references to next-gen HD 4600 integrated graphics. Expect faster performance and better power consumption across the board.

This leak is just for Intel’s desktop lineup, so we have yet to see the candidates for Apple’s next-gen MacBooks. Chip details for the 2013 Mac Pro (yes, it’s coming) and Mac mini also remain to be seen.

A recent report said that Apple is looking to eventually ditch Intel on the Mac for its own chip architecture, like the A Series that powers iOS devices. Apple has been hiring notable talent in the processor department as of late, and Tim Cook recently promoted Bob Mansfield to lead the company’s new Technologies division, a group dedicated to advancements in wireless and semiconductor technology.

  • JeromeKurliak

    What is “3.5GHz at 400MHz?” Do you mean 3.5GHz, with 400MHz headroom (for 3.9GHz turbo mode)?

  • James Barnette

    why on earth would they start using the A series chip or somthing similar in their computers? that is a horrible idea. I mean granted computers are a very small part of Apples business these days. But seriously dont they remember all of the grief that all of the devs went thru when they left PPC. Intel compatibility is the second best thing to happen to apple next to the iPhone in the last 10 years. If they change architecture again I think a lot of the larger 3rd Party devs are gonna tell them to stick it. But then again who knows maybe it will give them the justification to get out of the computer business all together. I’m sure there are plenty o half-wits that would fork out the same out of cash for and iMac running iOS. But all of the creative types the people that make a living on VFX, Video Editing, and graphic design will be gone. they are already leaving the platform in droves. It simply isnt possible to do these types of things on these simple little apps and low powered Processors. If they do this though the mac as we have known it will be dead.

  • James Barnette

    What is “3.5GHz at 400MHz?” Do you mean 3.5GHz, with 400MHz headroom (for 3.9GHz turbo mode)?

    yes, But these things are somewhat of a joke because it is really on usable by single threaded apps. in turbo mode most of the cores are shut down and 1-2 are then “turboed”

  • Steven Quan

    why on earth would they start using the A series chip or somthing similar in their computers? that is a horrible idea.

    The article never said “Apple will start using A series chips.” The article said ,”Like the A series” chips, as in, Apple is looking to ditch Intel for it’s own chip architecture the same way they designed their own chip architecture in the A6 which powers the iPhone. Why would they use the A6 in a desktop computer? That makes no sense.

    Intel charges a premium for their product. If Apple can design their own chip at a lower price Intel charges why wouldn’t they do it?

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