The new MacBook Air comes with a Retina display and it can only be configured with a sole processor option represented by a 1.6 GHz dual-core eight-generation Intel Core i5 processor. While this is what we currently see, Apple may have prototyped a faster version as well.
Last week we saw a benchmark result surfacing on Geekbench through Slashleaks for an unreleased Mac product. Codenemaed AAPJ140K1,1, the product is powered by a dual-core eight-generation Core i7 processor that has a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz. We couldn’t see the exact name of the model but we saw that its logic board shares the same part number as the new MacBook Air.
More evidence was provided by the benchmark result that listed 16 GB of 2133 MHz LPDDR3 RAM, which consists of an existing upgrade option for the new MacBook Air. Concerning the Core i7-8510Y, it appears that it is a part of the low powered Amber Lake lineup of Intel, as it is the case with the Core i5 which is present in the new MacBook Air, despite the fact that it is not currently listed on Intel’s ARK database.
The supposed MacBook Air with a Core i7 chip managed to obtain a multi-core score of 8553 on Geekbench, which would more than likely make it about 8.5 percent faster than the average multi-core score of the existing option that comes with a Core i5.
The founder of Geekbench, John Poole, spoke with MacRumors, stating that there is nothing about the benchmark result that would look fake to him. Of course, this possibility can’t be completely ruled out. However, if it proves to be real, it would suggest that there is a 2018 MacBook Air with a Core i7 existing within Apple.
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