Will Apple’s New MacBook Pro Get This Special Chip?

IntelApple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) MacBook Pro may soon be equipped with a particularly powerful type of Haswell processor. According to a report from the technology news site SemiAccurate via MacRumors, Apple will utilize a “special version” of Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) premium GT3e Iris Pro 5200 GPU for its upcoming MacBook Pro.

According to this report, these top-of-the-line integrated graphics chips will be exclusively available for Apple. If this rumor is true, it would give the Cupertino-based company’s MacBook Pro a unique hardware advantage over its laptop competitors.

“Apple has somehow convinced Intel to give them a unique part for the next MacBook Pro, something that no one else will get. Not only that, this ultra-high performance part is something no one else can get for technical reasons,” states SemiAccurate.

SemiAccurate has a mixed track record when it comes to industry predictions. In May 2011, it incorrectly predicted that Apple was switching from Intel to ARM processors for its Mac computers. However, the site has also accurately predicted previous graphics processor changes in Apple’s MacBook lineup.

According to Apple Insider, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expected Apple to unveil a Haswell-powered MacBook Pro at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. However, the WWDC only saw the release of a new MacBook Air featuring Intel’s next-generation Haswell processor.

Earlier this week, Apple Insider reported that Kuo predicted that Apple would launch the new MacBook Pro in mid-September. Kuo also believes that the device will have a thinner chassis and include a 1080p FaceTime high-definition camera. Another recent supply chain rumor suggested that the refreshed MacBook Pro will be launched in October.

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