Don't-Miss Processor Stories
Sure, Apple could transition to ARM chips in its Macs. Here's why it probably won't.
Just over five years ago, IBM's Watson supercomputer crushed opponents in the televised quiz show Jeopardy. It was a preview of how artificially intelligent computers would storm into our daily lives.
Rumor has it that Apple is waiting on Intel's 2017 processors to make the MacBook Pro a little more pro.
Intel has missed out on the iPhone party until now, ceding big business to other chip makers in the process. But that could be about to change.
Overclocking might have an exotic image but it's not too difficult to start. At the entry level, an Intel desktop app provides an immediate performance boost.
The chip is only hours old, but already overclockers have the 10-core Broadwell-E running at almost double its advertised speed.
Intel's dominance of the PC market just led it to lay off 12,000 people, but Apple is smart enough to hedge its bets.
Intel sparked a wireless revolution in 2003 with its Centrino program to connect laptops over Wi-Fi, and now the emerging 5G standard could bring another big change in the way devices communicate.
If you're a casual or mainstream gamer, you don't need a discrete graphics card, Intel says.
Apple evidently likes its arch-rival's chip factories.