Benchmark results uploaded on Geekbench 3 were said to belong to an Intel Skylake-powered 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. However, Apple fans should not get pumped up yet as the results are most likely representing a hackintosh.
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Benchmark results that were uploaded on Geekbench 3 were said to belong to the next-generation 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro computers powered by Intel Skylake chips.
The results report that the machine runs an announced but still unreleased 3.3GHz Intel Core i7-6567U processor, which is appropriate for a high-end 13-inch laptop. The computer also has an integrated Intel Iris Graphics 550, with the results generating excitement for users who are looking forward to Skylake-powered MacBooks.
However, MacBook Pro fans should not get pumped up yet, as the results are most likely representing a hackintosh, which is a PC that has been modded to run Apple’s OS X operating system. There are certain aspects in the benchmarks, as pointed out by Apple news website Mac Rumors, indicating the machine that churned out the results is a hackintosh.
The first clue is the build number 15W4314 for OS X 10.11.3, as the 15W prefix does not fit any of Apple’s naming patterns, including custom builds. Computers powered by OS X 10.11.3 should have the build number starting with 15D.
The model identifier of SKLCRB1,1 also fails to match any of Apple’s previous pre-release identifiers. The 6 GB, 1,600 MHz DDR3 RAM also raises eyebrows due to the especially high amount and speed for memory.
In addition, both the single-core and the multi-core scores of 2,610 and 4,546, respectively, are even lower than those of the current model of the high-end 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro that packs a Broadwell Core i7-5557U chip. This model generated a single-core score of 3,099 and a multi-core score of 6,477.
The motherboard ID displayed in the results is 50619A408DB004DA, which is a match with several benchmark results for the MacBook Pro 8.1 that utilize desktop-level processors. This corresponds to a 2011 model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
While the results likely hint at a hackintosh, this does not mean that a Skylake-powered 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is not possible. Intel has slowly released the new processors since late last year, and Apple will likely be updating some of its MacBooks over the first half of the year to incorporate the Skylake processors.
The Skylake chips are expected to boost battery life and graphics performance of Macs and MacBooks as reported back in July of last year.