Intel has demonstrated its new processors that are expected to power Apple's new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air line-ups when they arrive later this year.
The new processors, which were shown off by Intel's vice president and manager of Intel's PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen during the company's keynote at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, are the fourth-generation Core family of processors, and are the first to be designed specifically for the thin and light laptops such as the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks.
The low-power processors are designed to maintain the high performance needs of consumers, and are said to represent "the most significant battery life capability improvement in Intel history."
During the keynote, Skaugen said that the new processors are expected to provide up to nine hours of continuous battery life for added portability.
"The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips to be built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind," said Skaugen. "We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls."
While Apple was not specifically mentioned in the keynote, it is expected that Intel's new chips will be used in the next MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, which could arrive in June according to recent reports. It's unlikely that Apple will be launching a touchscreen MacBook any time soon, though.
There has been speculation that Apple is planning to ditch Intel in future Macs to use its own ARM-based chips like those in iOS devices, although this move isn't expected to take place withing the next few years. SEE: Apple's 'ambitious processor plans' to involve ditching Intel in future Macs?