Intel, now the chip supplier of Apple computers, has postponed its latest and fastest processors for the second time. Whether this has implications for the release of new Macs is not yet clear.
Procrastination for new Intel chip
The company announced this during the presentation of the quarterly figures. Intel plans to release the new 7 nanometer chips in late 2022 or early 2023. According to the processor manufacturer, production problems throw a spanner in the works.
“The production process has been delayed due to a malfunction,” said the press release. The performance of the chips is currently below par. Bob Swan, Intel director, says in the cover letter that he is “not satisfied” with the quality of current products.
People are busy improving the performance, but need more time for that. So far, the Intel chips have been delayed by twelve months. At the end of this year, the manufacturer will release another new processor: Ice Lake.
This 10-nanometer chip should be available before the end of 2020. In addition, the company will release a 10 nm chip with the code name Tiger Lake in “the near future”. Whether these chips will be used in Apple computers is currently the question.
The umpteenth hitch
Delaying the new chips isn’t the first setback for Intel. The maker of computer parts has had to postpone products more often in recent years, for example, because they did not meet the quality requirements.
Products that were released did not always live up to expectations, resulting in disappointed customers. In addition, Apple, a major customer of the company, recently indirectly abandoned trust by switching to Silicon, its own processors.
The first Mac with a Silicon chip is expected to hit stores by the end of 2020, Apple director Tim Cook said last June. It is currently unclear how long the transition from Intel to Silicon will take. It is therefore possible that Intel’s delays will affect Apple’s release schedule.
Both companies have worked together for fifteen years and can therefore not completely say goodbye to each other’s services overnight. In the article below we will update you on the entire process.