Manufacturers of Windows PC laptops cannot have any 10th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips from the Ice Lake U family with 28W TDP (Thermal Design Power): the processors in question from the Santa Clara multinational are reserved for Apple. The NotebookCheck website reports this, explaining that other manufacturers can obtain CPUs with TDP of 15, 25 watts and 45 watts but that particular type of processor reserved for Apple.
The Core i7-1068G7 model was to be available to manufacturers in the second quarter of the year; Intel removed this product from its ARK database and replaced it with the Core i7-1068NG7, and a Core i5-1038NG7 also appeared here. The "N" variant is basically a chip produced for Apple. Confirmation also comes from Geekbench, explaining that these chips are found in the MacBookPro16,2, the four-port Thunderbolt 3 version of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The top of the range MacBook Pro 13 ″ can be configured with Intel Core i5 quadcore 2nd generation 2.0GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache or Intel Core i7 quadcore 10th generation 2.3GHz (Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz) and 8MB shared L3 cache. Apple, for the time being, the only manufacturer who managed to obtain variants with 28W TDP from Intel. As the NotebookCheck website notes, Windows PC manufacturers can opt for the versions with TDP of 15W, 25W and up to 45W as long as they can integrate an adequate cooling system.
Not the first time that Intel and Apple have collaborated on the anticipated or even exclusive supply of ad hoc processors for laptops and desktop computers by Cupertino. Even in the past, some Intel processors that made their MacBook Air debut were not part of the Santa Clara manufacturer's database and were announced only after the presentation of the laptops in question by the multinational of Cupertino. Intel has granted Apple early access to processors compared to other Windows PC manufacturers, in some cases the CPUs in question have also been made available for other computer brands at a later date.
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