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Jan 8, 2013

New Intel chips to boost MacBook battery life and power

by Stephen Ashby

New chips being developed by Intel will prolong the battery life of the MacBook Air, as well as providing more power

New Intel chips to boost MacBook battery life and powerIntel has today announced the new chips in its 4th Generation Intel Core family at CES, which should make their way into the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display later this year. The chips, currently being called ‘Haswell’ (the current generation are referred to as ‘Sandy Bridge’), will offer reduced power consumption, allowing for a MacBook with an improved battery life. Alternatively, a MacBook Air using this new product could maintain its current battery life while becoming dramatically thinner and lighter.

Speaking at the company’s CES press conference, Kirk Skaugen, VP and GM of the PC Client Group at Intel had this to say:

“The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind. We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls.”

With mobile versions of these chips not expected until the end of this year, we may have to wait 12 months or so for MacBooks to start feeling the benefits, but the news is still exciting for Mac users who are constantly looking for a better battery life.

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