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The first thing to note is that Intel has streamlined Skylake-U over Broadwell-U. With Skylake-U, there will be one i7, one i5, one i3, one Pentium, and two Celerons available, not including vPro chips. Skylake-U chips are expected to be used in MacBook Air models, with their strong combination of battery life and performance.
Specifically, the 2.3GHz i5 and 2.4GHz i5 seemed destined for the lower-tier MacBook Air variants. The 2.5GHz i7 and 2.6GHz i7 both seem like a good fit for the more expensive models. All of the Skylake-U chips offer Intel 520 HD Graphics.
As detailed a few weeks ago, Intel’s Skylake-U chips are expected to be 10% faster than the previous generation Broadwell chips, with 34% faster graphics. The chips are also expected to offer up to 1.4 hours longer battery life.
At this point it’s still unclear as to when Intel will make the MacBook Air-destined Skylake-U chips available, but given the amount of leaked info we’ve seen lately regarding the series, an official announcement doesn’t seem to be too far off. Yesterday, Intel revealed Mac Pro-class Xeon laptop processors, as well.