Yes, the recent refreshes are fresh and it’s good to see some Macs with the latest Intel Inside. Wait. Hold that. Some new Macs come with Intel’s 9th generation Core CPU’s inside when Intel is shipping 10th generation chips already.
Be. Like. Dell.
Apple may not be Intel’s biggest chip customer, but not too many Windows PC makers ship more PCs than Apple, so why is it that other manufacturers get Intel’s latest CPUs months and years before they show up in a Mac?
Dell’s line of XPS notebooks are highly acclaimed– as much as PC notebooks running Windows can be acclaimed– and seem to get the latest and greatest from Intel long before Apple.
The latest is the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 convertible. That just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it. Dell is taking orders and expects the 7390 to ship before the end of summer. These nifty little notebooks have 13-inch displays with a teeny tiny bezel and hardware that matches the similarly sized MacBook Pro but starts at $1,000.
$2,159 gets you 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage with the 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 (quad-core), but also two Thunderbolt-USB-C ports, a DisplayPort, a headphone jack, a microSD card reader, and Wi-Fi 6, with an optional 4K Ultra HD display.
A not quite comparably equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs in at $2,499 with the last generation Intel Inside. OK, the Mac comes with Touch Bar and Touch ID, plus True Tone display and extra Thunderbolt-USB-C ports, but you get my point, right?
Why is Apple so slow to update the Mac’s CPU?
Word on the streets says the current 15-inch MacBook Pro is toast, soon to be replaced by a thinner, lighter, faster 16-inch model, likely to support Intel’s latest inside, and another of Apple’s holier-than-thou price tags.
You’ll know the rumor is correct when you start to see big discounts on the 15-inch MacBook Pro on Best Buy, Amazon, et al. Wouldn’t it be great if Apple could upgrade Intel Inside in lockstep with a competitor?
Oh. Wait. That’s right. My bad. The Mac has no competition.