The MacBook Pro 2016 model was unveiled in October last year, coming in three variants of two 13-inch models and one high-end 15-inch model – the company has similar plans this year, according to popular Apple analyst Ming-Ching Kuo.
In a new report coming from Apple Insider, it seems Cupertino has a surprise for those anticipating the release of the MacBook Pro 2017 later in the year. Where the current 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a high-end configuration of 16GB RAM, Apple wants to double this offering on this year’s model.
According to renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the MacBook Pro 2017 will focus more on improving the power of the internal components, especially since the 2016 models introduced a new design language for the laptops. If this is true, we’ll see a MacBook Pro PC that is powered by 32GB of RAM. In addition to this, the seasoned analyst also adds that Apple will be shipping these notebooks with an Intel Kaby Lake processor.
Kuo notes that Apple will begin mass production of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017 models in Q3, meaning the notebooks can be expected at around the same time with the MacBook Pro 2016. The Apple pundit is still adamant that the 12-inch MacBook will also get some love from the Cupertino Company and offer a 16GB RAM model. However, this model will enter mass production earlier, probably in Q2 2017.
As noted earlier, the design language of Apple MacBook Pro 2016 is still new and as such, expect to see a larger part of it retained in the upcoming MacBook Pro 2017 models. The Touch Bar will be kept and will also appear as they did on last year’s models. In order to boost the sales of the model that comes without the Touch Bar (entry level 13-inch model), Kuo believes that Apple will include huge discounts with initial shipments. The company is also looking at replacing the 13-inch MacBook Air with the upcoming entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro 2017 model.
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