Intel has officially introduced the sixth generation Intel Core processor family, often referred to as Skylake. The processors will certainly appear in new iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and 12-inch MacBooks. The question is "when?"
The 12-inch MacBook launched in April. The 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air were revved in March, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro was updated in May. So I'm predicting no new Mac laptops until early 2016. (However, I'd love to be proven wrong.)
However, the iMac was last updated in October 2014, so I'm expecting a refresh of the all-in-one late this month or next. Most likely we'll see a 21-inch iMac with a 4K display. As for the 27-inch 5K beast, it's likely to be revved with Skylake processors and, if KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo is correct, even better screens with an LED phosphor material called KSF that will boost color saturation.
Intel says the processors deliver up to two and a half times better performance, triple the battery life, and graphics that are 30 times better "versus the average 5-year-old computer." They can also be half as thin and half the weight, have faster wake up time, and battery life that lasts virtually all day, according to Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. Intel Core M processors (used in the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display) will now include brand levels Intel Core m3, m5 and m7 processors.
Skaugen says the new generation of Intel processors also includes several firsts for mobile designs: a mobile "K" SKU that is unlocked to enable overclocking with even more user control, a new quad-core Intel Core i5 processor that offers up to 60 percent improved mobile multitasking8, and the Intel Xeon E3 processor family now powering mobile workstations. What's more, new Intel Speed Shift technology improves the responsiveness of mobile systems so people can, for example, apply a photo filter up to 45 percent faster, he adds.
In addition, the 6th Gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon platforms will offer a variety of new features and experiences. More devices will feature Thunderbolt 3 for USB Type-C (also included on the MacBook). The Skylake platform will also advance Intel's "no wires" initiative to allow users to share from their computer to a TV, monitor or projector without wires and dongles.