New MacBook Pro Leaks Suggest Apple Will Address Hardware Complaints – Forbes
Details on some of the specifications on the 2017 MacBook range have started to appear, and as expected Apple is moving to Intel’s latest technology. Expect to hear much more of the benefits of the seventh-generation ‘Kaby Lake’ Core processors during the year as Apple updates its MacBook family, and addresses some of the major concerns that were found in the 2016 models.
The leak comes from the ever-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, who has broken the news of the iPhone SE and the feature sets of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 over the last few years. His latest research note focuses on plans for the MacBook range over the next twelve months.
The move to Kaby Lake is expected. Apple’s laptop range has always relied on creating an air of cutting-edge technology, and to not move to Intel’s seventh-generation would seriously damage that perception. Where this leaves the record number of users who jumped on the MacBook Pro that was released midway though Q4 2016 remains to be seen. To be told so quickly that your laptop is out of date was a gamble on Apple’s part, but one that has a strong financial incentive for Cupertino.
As for the hardware, Kuo believes that he next-generation 12-inch MacBook will go into production in the first half of Q2 2017 with Kaby Lake technology and will be limited to 16GB RAM. Reworked 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro machines are scheduled to start production in Q3. The latter suggests a reveal in early October for a November retail appearance, mimicking the cycle of 2016 and to all intents and purposes marketing the MacBook Pro as if it was a tablet with a yearly update cycle.
But it’s Kuo’s note about a new 15-inch MacBook that will excite long-term Pro supporters.
Kuo believes that Apple will start production on a new 15-inch macOS laptop in Q4 2017. This machine could ship with 32 GB of “desktop-class RAM”, addressing one of the major concern of those looking at the 2016 MacBooks and wondering what the ‘Pro’ designation actually stood for.
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