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With its MacBook Pro lineup tightly tied to Intel’s chip release schedule, Apple will be pleased to learn that the chip maker has launched an update to its Haswell line of CPUs.

The now popular 4th-gen Intel Haswell CPUs were originally launched back in June 2013. Retina MacBook Pros were last updated in fall 2013.

The updated chips, which cover the i5 and i7 families of silicon, see the range receive a 200MHz speed bump for each existing chip, with the low-end offering now being 2.2GHz for Core i7 with the high-end peaking at 3.0GHz. Clockspeed for Core i5 now ranges between 2.6-2.9GHz. Apple currently offers the old 2.0GHz chip in its base 13-inch non-retina MacBook Pro, and a high-end 2.6GHz part in the built-to-order 15-inch retina model. All the Pro models should see nice speed bumps this fall as part of the newly updated Haswell lineup.

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Apple refreshed its MacBook Air lineup when Intel upgraded its Haswell chips earlier this year, and it’s expected that it will do a similar refresh for the MacBook Pro model’s i5 and i7 chips. Intel’s Broadwell family of CPUs are expected to eventually find a new home in an updated MacBook Air as soon as the silicon is ready, with the rumor being that Apple will hope to ditch all internal fans thanks to the new CPU’s power efficiencies.

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Updated 2014 version of Intel Haswell CPUs.

Each new refreshed line coming out of Intel will mean chips that create less heat and need less power – something that notebook computers are always in need of. Longer lasting batteries and quieter fans are always a plus for us, and if Apple can do away with fans completely, then we’re totally down with that.

(source: CPU World)

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