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Apple’s upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro could pack Intel’s 10th gen Ice Lake chips

A new leak suggests that the rumoured 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature Intel’s 10th generation Ice Lake chips.

The rumour comes courtesy of Twitter user @_rogame, 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.

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If these stats are genuine, it looks like Apple has stuffed Intel’s 10th gen i7-1068NG7 2.3GHz chip into one of its smaller laptops, which could mean it’s not long until the company reveals a completely revamped 13-incher.

Apple has previously held off installing 10th gen chips in all of its products. Even the company’s recently released 16-inch laptop had a 9th gen Intel core i9 processor.

When we tested out this model the performance was still notably better than most of the MacBook competitors. But we did miss having WiFi6, which you can’t get on the older chips that Apple uses.

The second screen shot gives us a comparison between the souped-up mac and one of the older machines. Thanks to the chip upgrade, the newer Mac’s performance speed is about 12% faster when it comes to CPU and it has a 30% increase on the GPU too – the graphics are also notably better.

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There’s no confirmation on when we might get an upgraded version of this model, but given that Apple released the refreshed 16-inch in May 2019, we’re hoping for another May launch from the company.

In addition to the chip upgrade, Apple fans are hoping for a bigger display and – most importantly – a return to the scissor switch-based version.