Intel hints at 10th-generation 5 GHz, 8-core 16-thread Comet Lake processor that could be used for updated 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, 03:22
Category: Apple, Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

Over at CES, Intel unveiled some very cool new hardware that could lead to a nice bump for Apple’s recently-released 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The company teased its new “Comet Lake H” series 10-th generation processors. These function as a h45 watt, higher-performance version of the 10th-generation Comet Lake mobile processors announced last year, but would also be perfectly suited to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which currently uses Intel’s current 9th-generation 45-watt mobile processors.

Should Apple follow suit and offer an update to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, it’s thought that the 10-generation Core i7 chips could hit speeds up to 5.0GHz. The Core i7-9750H found in today’s 16-inch MacBook Pro tops out at 4.5GHz, so that’s about 11 percent faster.

The updated Comet Lake architecture also allows for slightly faster LPDDR4 memory, which can help improve performance. Finally, it would definitely improve graphics performance, and allow for better communication with AMD’s Radeon Pro graphics systems to boot.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld and PCWorld

Wi-Fi 6 protocol to expand into 6 GHz band, will be entitled “Wi-Fi 6E”

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Date: Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, 03:01
Category: News, Wi-Fi, wireless

The future of Wi-Fi will expand into the 6GHz band as well as be speedier.

Per the WiFi Alliance, the Wi-Fi 6 protocol will extend into the 6 GHz band as well as offer faster performance, faster data rates, and lower latency.

The agency also stated that the new protocol would be entitled “Wi-Fi 6E,” and offered the following comments:

Wi-Fi 6E devices are expected to become available quickly following 6 GHz regulatory approvals, utilizing this additional spectrum capacity to deliver continuous Wi-Fi innovation and valuable contributions to consumers, businesses and economies.

Wi-Fi Alliance: “We’re moving away from 802.11.xx because that’s too confusing.”

Not a bad idea to move away from the “802.11.xx” naming, as this sort of makes people’s eyes glaze over when you try to explain it to them.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and The Wi-Fi Alliance