UH OH. APPLE FANS are not happy after Intel suggested, by association, that the next line of MacBooks will come out with last year's chips and will be sorely lacking in Kaby Lake.
This is not going to go down very well. MacRumors reckons that Apple will stick to devices with the previous-generation Skylake chips for the time being, which means that anything Apple releases that does not match expectations and Intel release schedules may disappoint and frustrate customers.
It is very hard for Apple to alienate its customers, but easy for other people and for Apple fans to gather together in an opposing faction. This is playing out in the MacRumors comments section.
"Apple seems to charge customers as if they are incorporating the latest technology, so why isn't Apple incorporating the best tech? Apple seems to appear to be half a year to a year behind in some cases. What exactly is preventing Apple from doing so?" said one punter.
A more positive thinker said: "When they did a big refresh of the MacBook Air they also neglected to update the CPU. They may be able to get away with only Skylake. I don't think anyone will blame them if the chips aren't available."
We don't know what to say about this, so we have asked Apple to comment on something that looks and smells like a rumour. We are not particularly confident in getting a fulfilling response about speculated incoming devices.
Meanwhile, and firmly in the now, Intel has confirmed that Kaby Lake machines will start shipping later this year. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during his Intel Developer Forum keynote that Kaby Lake chips are already shipping to PC partners and will appear in new consumer devices in the autumn.
Involved companies, and concrete details, were thin on the ground at the conference. µ
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