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Intel confirms Apple MacBook Pro exclusivity for its 28 W Ice Lake processors; kills off the Core i7-1068G7 in the process

The Core i7-1068G7 is no more. (Image source: Intel)
The Core i7-1068G7 is no more. (Image source: Intel)
The faint glimmer of Core i7-1068G7 laptops arriving this quarter is seemingly no more. Removed from Intel's ARK database, the Core i7-1068G7 has been replaced by the Core i7-1068NG7, the 28 W processor found in the new MacBook Pro 13. The Core i5-1038NG7 has been added too, Intel's other 28 W Ice Lake processor.
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The Intel Core i7-1068G7 has been the subject of plenty of online discussion in the last few months, primarily because of its absence. Claimed by Anandtech to be available to OEMs in Q1 2020 and hitting the shelves the following quarter, no Core i7-1068G7 laptops have made their way to market. While we are still a month from the start of Q3 2020, Intel has effectively confirmed the death of the Core i7-1068G7.

Searching for the Core i7-1068G7 on Intel ARK reveals nothing save for a solitary forum post, with the database having been scrubbed of the 28 W part.

Instead, Intel has added the Core i5-1038NG7 and Core i7-1068NG7 to its database. As we touched on previously, Geekbench has confirmed that these processors are in the MacBookPro16,2, the four Thunderbolt 3 version of the new MacBook Pro 13.

So, it would seem that the Core i7-1068G7 is no more. Additionally, Intel has implictly confirmed that its 28 W Ice Lake processors will be Apple exclusives, as we suggested they may be.

The Core i7-1068G7 when Intel announced the Ice Lake series in August 2019. (Image source: Intel)
The Core i7-1068G7 when Intel announced the Ice Lake series in August 2019. (Image source: Intel)
The Intel ARK database with its new "NG" 28 W processors. (Image source: Intel)
The Intel ARK database with its new "NG" 28 W processors. (Image source: Intel)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-05-11 (Update: 2020-05-12)
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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.