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Rumour | Evidence shows that multiple Ice Lake-based versions of the MacBook Pro 13 could be in development

Are multiple custom Ice Lake-powered Macbook Pro 13 SKUs due this year? (Image source: Apple)
Are multiple custom Ice Lake-powered Macbook Pro 13 SKUs due this year? (Image source: Apple)
It has only been a few days since an Ice Lake-powered Apple device appeared online, but now more have popped up. Possibly versions of the rumoured new MacBook Pro 13, a refresh that may borrow the scissor mechanism keyboard from the MacBook Pro 16, the Ice Lake processors all part of the mysterious Ice Lake-NG series.

Brought to our attention by @TUM_APISAK, someone has apparently been testing some Ice Lake-powered Apple devices. While we have already seen a possible sighting of a Core i7-1068NG7-powered MacBook Pro 13, these listings show that at least two other custom-Ice Lake processors are in development.

As the screenshot below demonstrates, the Core i3-1000NG4 and Core i5-1038NG7 have been benchmarked. The former has been spotted before too, which @TUM_APISAK now asserts has been tested in an Apple product. This seems to be the first time that the Core i5-1038NG7 has appeared online, though. Intel has not release the Core i5-1038G7 either, for reference.

Regardless, we remain at a loss to what the "N" in these processor names means. The details in these benchmark listings are likely from engineering samples, too. Hence, we cannot deduce whether these "N"-chips are low-powered versions of the Core i3-1000G4 and Core i7-1068G7

The consensus still seems to be that these are MacBook Pro 13 SKUs, though. However, if these are low-powered chips, then we would not rule out Apple having an Ice Lake-based MacBook Air in development, either.

(Image source: @TUM_APISAK)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-21 (Update: 2020-02-21)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.