Intel’s astonishingly efficient Haswell processors have already worked wonders for the 2013 MacBook Air range, and KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo – one of the more reliable Apple analysts out there – seems to believe the iMac could be the recipient of the new chip in a refresh set to roll out as early as next month. Furthermore, Kuo also believes Apple plans to roll out new MacBook Pros in September, which are also expected to be powered by Haswell.
The MacBook Air’s battery life has been significantly enhanced by the power-efficient Haswell processor, and although the upgrade won’t be of a great deal of significance to the iMac – Haswell’s overall performance is comparable to Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor introduced to the mainstream last year – the MacBook Pro range would be grateful recipients of this heavily researched technology.
The battery performance of the MacBook Air was bumped considerably by Haswell, with the 13-inch model seeing usage times climb from seven hours to an incredible twelve hours. This is quite a jump, it has to be said, and with the MacBook Pro being the performance notebook of the power user, a similar leap would certainly smash the boundaries once more.
The iMac, which saw a design overhaul late last year in the same event that saw the iPad mini and iPad 4 unveiled by the Cupertino company, will probably be the first in line for a refresh. While the company’s flagship desktop computer doesn’t stand to benefit as much as the notebook models thanks to Haswell’s marquee feature being power consumption improvements, the implementation of a newer, more efficient processor will definitely be worth waiting for if you’re planning on picking up an iMac.
Apparently, the MacBook Pro would probably have seen the Haswell refresh by now, but the ongoing yield issues with Retina panels has held the move back until the Fall. The fruit company is also reportedly having similar troubles with the purported Retina display for the iPad mini 2, to the point that some have suggested Apple may hold off the higher resolution panel until the third-generation next year.
Whatever the case, if you’re planning on purchasing a new Mac – particularly if you’re eying up the MacBook Pro – it is best to hold off for the refresh that’ll give you hours more battery life for what we presume will be the same price.