Intel this week revealed it has begun shipping the 7th Generation Core processor, known as Kaby Lake, which offers architectural improvements introduced by Skylake. We should begin to see the first Kaby Lake-equipped computers this fall, according to Intel. However, chips appropriate for higher-end laptops, such as Apple’s rumored MacBook Pro redesign and Microsoft’s rumored Surface Pro 5, might not launch until early 2017.
Earlier this year, Intel confirmed the end of its “tick-tock” release cycle, saying it would instead move new Intel Core micro-architecture “on a regular cadence.”
“We expect to lengthen the amount of time we will utilize our 14nm and our next-generation 10nm process technologies, further optimizing our products and process technologies while meeting the yearly market cadence for product introductions,” the company revealed in April.
Kaby Lake will offer support for Thunderbolt 3, native USB 3.1, and DisplayPort 1.2. It’s unclear which PCs and laptops we’ll see running the new Intel chip later this year, but we should start seeing new products very soon. As MacRumors notes, Core M-equipped machines will likely be the first to ship out.