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New Intel chip would be perfect for a Mac targeted to gamers

Intel has announced its lineup of 10th-generation “Comet Lake” desktop processors. I’d expect to see some of ‘em pop up in refreshed (and perhaps redesigned) iMacs later this year.

Especially intriguing is the Core i9-10900K processor, which Intel says is “the world’s fastest gaming processor” with speeds reaching up to a maximum of 5.3GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost out of the box. It features up to 10 cores, 20 threads and DDR4-2933 memory speeds. 

This processor is especially interesting because, in December, the Economic Daily News claimed that Apple will offer a high-end Mac (either an iMac or a MacBook Pro) aimed at gamers — particular esports gamers. The article said the gaming Mac would build on the Apple Arcade service.

Specifically, it will make more immersive gaming experiences possible. I’m a little dubious given the company’s track record on Mac gaming, that Apple will make a desktop (or laptop) targeted to games. We’ll see.

By the way, there are 32 new processors in the Comet Lake line-up. For details, look at this in-depth report from Anandtech.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.