The likely successor to the Intel Core 2 Duo in MacBook Pros is the Core i5 processor which Intel introduced this week at CES. Engadget caught a video of Intel comparing their old tech to new tech. The first test was a iTunes rip which was about twice as quick. The second encode shows the advantage of virtual cores that the i5 have.
As Macrumors reports, Intel Exec Sean Maloney was asked to confirm whether or not i5s will be heading into MacBooks. His response?
“I do not pre-announce our partners’ products and I certainly don’t pre-announce Apple’s products.”
Apple is generally thought to be readying these chips for MacBook Pros, though it isn’t certain whether they will jump on the first version or wait for a more efficient i5s expected mid year. Intel’s product matrix is below: