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New MacBooks at WWDC: Official chip update makes it likely

Intel's latest processor promises 50% more battery life and thinner, lighter designs ahead of rumoured MacBook upgrades at WWDC

MacBook Pro with retina display

Apple’s processor provider of choice, Intel, has officially launched its new Haswell processors less than a week before WWDC. This adds even further weight to the expectation that updates to Apple’s MacBook range will be revealed at the developer event in San Francisco next Monday.

The fourth generation Intel chip has been made with mobile computing in mind, offering a 50 per cent improvement in battery life (the biggest in its history according to Intel) and up to double the graphics performance over the previous generation thanks to Iris Pro graphics technology. As such it would seem likely that this chip will lead the updates to 2013 upgrades to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

In the case of thinner and lighter devices Intel teases this possibility with its announcement: “With power levels as low as 6 watts in scenario design power, Intel is enabling thinner, lighter, cooler, quieter and fanless designs.” It has been rumoured, as we reported yesterday, that a thinner, lighter MacBook Pro with Retina display could be announced next week. What it does mean is devices released this year could see battery life lasting up to nine hours.

Take a look at Intel’s official release for more info and expect to see up to the minute news here as the WWDC keynote kicks off at 10 June from 6pm GMT/ 10am PST.