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Intel’s ‘Kaby Lake’ Core processors are big news for VR, notebooks and convertibles
Intel’s latest processor generation is now official, and the 7th generation of Core processors looks to pack a punch. The so-called “Kaby Lake” lineup is the first to follow the new “tick-tock-tock” beat Intel has adopted for processor development, which means it keeps the same 14nm manufacturing process as its predecessor (Skylake), but there’s still lots to love here, including power efficiency, speed and big potential for 4K video and gaming on the move. Kaby Lake also introduces support for powerful new I/O options (like some of the ones rumoured for upcoming Mac hardware refreshes) including USB-C with additional functions via Thunderbolt 3, and greater support for fine pen-based input, which should complement the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update’s introduction of system-level ink support. These and other features make Kaby Lake a natural fit for ultraportables, and for 2-in-1s, the convertible category of tablet/notebook hybrids that PC makers and a decent chunk of consumers have been embracing of late.