According to a research note coming from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to revamp its MacBook Pro lineup this year, updating them with Intel’s next-gen Kaby Lake processor!
Apparently, the 12″ laptops will be the first models to enter mass production, in the second quarter of 2016 and, besides the new chips, will also feature a double amount of RAM, making the jump from 8 GB to 16 GB.
As for the 13-inch and 15-inch versions, they will also get a power boost, starting with the third quarter of the year (July). In their case, Ming-Chi Kuo did not specify how much extra RAM they’re going to get, but 16 GB could remain the limit, considering the current memory designs, which don’t allow more RAM.
However, the most interesting part is the possibility of seeing a 15-inch MacBook with a whooping amount of RAM! 32 GB, to be more specific. This laptop could enter mass production in September, being “the most significantly redesigned product this year”, being powerful enough to satisfy even the most demanding users.
Considering the significant update, which will most likely be accompanied by other high-end specs, we have all the reasons to believe that this 15″ laptop will be part of the MacBook Pro lineup, even though KGI Securities’ analyst doesn’t mention anything about this. Also, we might as well see a design change, but not anything spectacular.
Kaby Lake notebooks are expected to be power efficient, which could have a positive impacts on shipments, leading to a year-over-year growth of 10%, in terms of shipments. Also, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that shipments will be made faster this year, considering the fact that the delays affecting 2016’s models were not solved.
Finally, there’s nothing about some actual release dates, but previously, the analyst revealed that he expects to see the 32 GB models being unveiled somewhere in the second half of 2017.