Intel’s new CPU could dethrone Apple’s M2 chip

We’re getting a glimpse into the future as Intel unveils its 14th generation of CPUs for desktop and mobile, codenamed ‘Meteor Lake’.

They’re due to make their debut in 2023, and use a new ‘Intel 4’ process node. What this means is pretty technical, so don’t worry if it means absolutely nothing to you – it’s a 7nm processing technology, with a new type of processor lithography called EUV, referring to ultraviolet lithography with a 13.5nm wavelength.

Got that? The key takeaway is that this is a faster and more power-efficient method of processing. It’s one that has already been adopted by Intel’s rivals in the chip space, including AMD, and yes, Apple – which is aptly why the best iPads and the best MacBooks are able to be so mind-bendingly fast and do so much at once. The M2 is also the chip that’s included in the recently announced MacBook Air (2022) and MacBook Pro (2022), which are coming out in July. 

Render of Intel Meteor Lake CPU

(Image credit: Intel)

Intel may be a little late catching up with EUV lithography, but the firm is still very much the top dog in processor production. Data gathered by Mercury Research (opens in new tab) indicated that Intel chips accounted for 74.4% of all traditional CPU sales at the end of 2021.

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