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Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:02PM EST
Intel Skylake Processors

After a number of delays, it finally appears that Intel’s long-anticipated Skylake processors will be ready for mainstream production later this fall. As a quick refresher, much of the hype surrounding Skylake is due to the fact that Intel’s next-gen processors promise to be not just more powerful than Broadwell, but significantly more power efficient as well.

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With that in mind, Fanless Tech earlier this week leaked images from an Intel slide deck that lay out in precise detail the type of performance enhancements we can expect to see once companies like Apple start incorporating them into their machines.

As you can see in the slide below, users can expect significant performance improvements, both from the CPU and in overall battery life. Forget about incremental upgrades because we’re talking about up to 41% faster graphics, substantial CPU improvements, and to top it all up, up to 30% better battery life. Just imagine how amazing a MacBook Air with upwards of 15 hours of battery life would be.

So how will this translate into real world performance on specific machines? Well, on the Mac side of the equation, MacRumors broke down how the various x-series Skylake processors might run on Apple’s current product lineup.

– Y-Series (MacBook): Up to 17% faster CPU, up to 41% faster Intel HD graphics, up to 1.4 hours longer battery life
– U-Series (MacBook Air): Up to 10% faster CPU, up to 34% faster Intel HD graphics, up to 1.4 hours longer battery life
– H-Series (MacBook Pro): Up to 11% faster CPU, up to 16% faster Intel HD graphics, up to 80% lower silicon power
– S-Series (iMac): Up to 11% faster CPU, up to 28% faster Intel HD graphics, 22% lower TDP (thermal design power)

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.