Intel says it won't patch older chips for Spectre

Todd Singleton
April 5, 2018

Intel's notice doesn't list which of these chip families it believes are too hard to patch, and which present a low risk. "The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition". Incidentally, Apple has been installing Intel chips in its computers since the year 2005.

This transition would cause Intel to take a hit since five percent of its annual revenue is from Apple, according to Bloomberg supply chain analysis.

Intel has officially announced that it will not be releasing microcode updates to protect against the Spectre speculative execution vulnerability in its older processor families, including the three-year-old SoFIA Atom platform. The company's shares finally closed down at 6.4% at the end of the trading day.

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By moving even the Macs over to Apple chips would mean Apple would then have full control of when it would want to release upgraded versions of the computer, rather than having to rely on when Intel would upgrade its chips. The new processor will be offering nearly double the performance for most games, but more importantly, it will offer 59 percent faster processing speeds for editing 4K videos on applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro. It helped the company integrate the different devices running on the in-house OS, iOS. It was used for security purposes.

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On following you can find the specifications of the new seven models. These laptops are expected to arrive later this year.

Computing has contacted Intel for more comment on its patching plans and situation, but the chipmaker has yet to reply. The chip maker now also makes modem chips for iPhones models that need to connect to cellular networks to make calls.

First introduced on desktops only, 8 Gen Intel Core i9 processor is the ultimate internal hardware required to power the laptop and give the highest level output.

Owners of Sandy Bridge or newer systems can be confident of having updated microcode, but anyone with a first generation chip would be advised to read Intel's list of parts to figure out whether they'll be getting a fix or not.

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