I am not sure what variations 14 and 22nm matters to my question. Skylake was all a given process. As were others. And when we had 7th & 8th & 9th gen branding we knew what we were getting. The question was is if TGL is going be a clear launch because they can make enough for all the OEMs to get what they need or if it will be another co-mingled generation because their 10 capacity (whether the shortage is based on investment or yield ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) is insufficient.Probably not. And there's no reason why that would ever happen. I mean: setting up fabs is a huge cost - they have to work for years. Intel will always offer a mix of nodes in their products.
Even Intel's 14nm - despite being around for many years - wasn't unified. They were making chips based on different variants of the node. Even 22nm was used from time to time.
That's just overthinking the problem. Most people buy a laptop based on features, performance, size, battery life and weight (more or less in that order). They don't care what exact parts are inside. And they shouldn't. OEM takes care of that.
There's hardly any difference between owning a Comet Lake and Ice Lake-based laptop if they have the same basic properties.
It's just that you, as an enthusiast, feel the need to have the latest stuff.
As to just not caring what CPU is in a ~$1,000+ computer...
Well, that is swallowing the Intel line of "performance doesn't matter, the experience matters" line hard. There are tangible performance improvements in Ice Lake vs Comet Lake (it's a Tick+Tock, after all) especially in graphics. People don't come to me when picking hardware for general guidance but when they want help deciphering the platform configurations to get them the best setup for their money. Like determining if the SSD is NVME or SATA, memory is in dual channel mode, etc. Welcome to Anandtech, where details typically matter. Intel purposefully obfuscating their 10th gen offerings was a garbage move that hindered customers (including me!) ability to make an informed choice. Hopefully "11th Gen" or whatever the new branding is more clear cut.
I mean, that comment blows my mind. That's like saying whether someone bought a mobile i3 based on Nehalem vs one on Ivy Bridge if they were both available at the same time would be better made on which model had a back lit keyboard.