There is a lot of buzz around the next Mac mini, and we all knew that it is coming. Now even Tim Cook seem to have confirmed it, but what you haven’t seen, yet, is evidence that Apple is actually working on new/updated products with Coffee Lake processors:
The above snippet is for a product with a Coffee Lake processor with CPUID 0x0906E9 (EDIT: This looks more like a CPUID of a Kaby Lake processor) and the snippet below is for a product with a Coffee Lake processor with CPUID 0x0906EB.
There you have it. And the stepping information (0xb/11) is particularly interesting, because even I haven’t seen any public reference to it. Other than some Geekbench results with the Intel i3-8100 and Intel i3-8350K (EDIT: Coffee Lake processors use stepping 10 and 11, but the eight core models will use stepping 12)
What does this mean?
Nothing really. Anyone could have guessed that Apple is working on updates or new products. The reality is that we don’t know anything. All we can say now is that there seem to be some kind of development going on, for at least six months already (April / May timeframe) for some product with a Coffee Lake processor in it. That’s not a lot. In fact. It’s about as close to zero as it could get.
Where did you find this?
I cannot reveal my sources, but what I can tell you is that I didn’t get it from Intel.
Note: I modified the checksums and references to the size of the actual Intel microcode, because I really don’t want anyone to get burned over this.