MacBooks with Intel "Haswell" CPUs Coming This Summer

It turns out that when Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that there won't be any new devices from the company until this fall, he was merely referring to iOS powered handhelds, the iPads and iPhones. One of Apple's oldest product lines, the MacBook, could still be in for a hardware update, which sees it mated with Intel's next-generation Core "Haswell" line of processors.

What makes the move particularly interesting is that with Haswell, Intel is introducing special SKUs that feature meaty integrated graphics cores that are said to rival any and all discrete GPUs by AMD and NVIDIA under the 20W TDP envelope. This could mean that 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display could do away with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics, and rely entirely on Intel's "GT3" graphics core, which reportedly features 40 execution units, and L4 eDRAM cache.

This doing away of discrete GPUs could facilitate "significant redesigns," according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. The new MacBook Pro powered by Core "Haswell" processors could arrive any time between June and fall.