A notebook that could be Apple’s upcoming refresh for the 15-inch MacBook Pro was sighted in a Geekbench benchmark, revealing one key specification – a quad-core, 2.4 GHz Intel Haswell chipset.
The benchmark results show a device with the codename “AAPLJ45,1”, according to Tuesday’s report from MacRumors. The notebook, while apparently a test unit, also comes with 16 GB RAM and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Build 13A2052 out of the box. The 12,497 score recorded is quite similar to Geekbench results for present-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro iterations.
The purported 15-inch MacBook Pro’s processor appears to be an Intel Core i7-4950HQ with a top-of-the-line Iris 5200 graphics chip baked in. The Iris 5200 GPU is said to be Intel’s answer to discrete GPUs such as the NVIDIA GeForce GT650M, which happens to be found underneath the current 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Unlike other typical new-generation chipsets, Intel’s Haswell series mainly focuses on improved battery life rather than added processing power; clock speeds of some of these chips, in fact, are a bit slower than previous-generation Ivy Bridge processors. The 2013 MacBook Air refresh, for instance, saw the 11- and 13-inch notebooks getting battery life significantly boosted, with clock speeds and performance relatively the same as previous versions.
Previously, Geekbench results spotted in the wild also showed results for what looks like a 13-inch refreshed MacBook Pro with Haswell processor. The results, which were spotted in June, showed the 13-inch notebook scoring 7,140 for its 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4258U processor.