Intel was scorned by Apple because of Mac processors. It is obviously still unhappy about it.

One of the funniest aspects of the tech industry is the way some of the world's most valuable and powerful companies are still passively-aggressively shooting each other in public like they were in junior high school.

The latest example of this is Intel, Apple's scorned partner when it comes to providing chips for the Mac. It obviously still bothers him.

Intel is not happy

Intel-based Macs were a fixture at Apple from 2006 to 2020. While you can still purchase some Intel Mac models, Apple is showing them in favor of its own Apple Silicon chips, which were featured at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). .

Obviously, Intel is not too happy with this either, based on a presentation of its 11th generation i5 H series notebook processors. As reported by PC Gamer, the media presentation included a slide claiming that Intel notebooks offer "a better gaming experience than 100% Mac laptops".

Another slide in the same presentation says, "The best Mac laptop for gaming can't keep up." It compares the notebook processors of the 11th generation of the i5 H series with "the most powerful MacBook".

Interestingly, it does not provide benchmarks for the M1 MacBook Pro, but rather the MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor. It's not clear why this is the case: whether the performance of Apple Silicon was superior to the Intel Core i9-9980HK Mac in some ways, or whether Intel might not want to acknowledge that its Macs are moving from Apple's home-model.

Less surprising is that Intel's graphics show that the MacBook resolutely loses to Intel's newest processor with every new game title selected when played at 1080p high settings.

The barrage does not stop here either. Intel lists "Today's Most Popular Games," including APEX Legends, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Call of Duty Warzone, Cyberpunk 2077, Dead by Daylight, Genshin Impact, Grand Theft Auto V, Grid, Hitman 3, Enlisted, Monster Hunter World , Overwatch, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege, ROBLOX, Rocket League, Valheim, Valotrant, Warframe and War Thunder – and notes that "over half" of them are "not supported on macOS".

Burning Bridges with Apple

PC Gamer's Alan Dexter, who reported the news, was part of the call with Intel Chief Performance Strategist Ryan Shrout. Dexter wrote this:

To be fair, gaming on a Mac is absolutely bullshit, and it's not something I want to do. But I'm still surprised that Intel is so mad. I even asked if Intel is burning its bridges with Apple? The answer was that Apple made the move to its own silicon very public and is now a competitor. Everything is fair in love and war I think.

In the meantime, Apple is continuously working on its next-generation M2 Mac processor, which is due to hit the market later this year.

Image source: Intel

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Lukas Dormehl
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Luke has been an Apple fan since the mid-1990s. His main interests in technology are smart devices and the interface between tech and the liberal arts.

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