Now that Intel has officially launched its seventh generation Kaby Lake processors for desktop, Apple intends on using them. According to an investor note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Cupertino company is planning to release a MacBook Pro update with Intel’s Kaby Lake chipset being the main focus.
Kuo claims Apple’s 12-inch MacBook will be among the first computers to receive Kaby Lake, with mass production on the updated machine expected to kick off in Q2 of this year. But that’ll simply be a taste of what’s to come, according to Kuo.
Production on updated 13-inch and 15-inch models is expected to kick off during Q3 of this year, with the inclusion of Intel’s Kaby Lake among the big new features. Apple recently introduced new laptops with Intel’s Skylake processors, improved graphics, and more.
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Apple is also expected to introduce support for 32GB of RAM in the 15-inch model; the existing model is capped at 16GB of RAM, something Apple’s Phil Schiller was done to preserve battery.
Finally, Apple may cut the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar because the machine hasn’t performed well among consumers, according to Kuo. That could be very good news for folks who don’t need the added functionality of the Touch Bar but don’t want to pay the high entry price of the new 13-inch model.
Kuo is typically pretty accurate with his predictions, so we’ll see if he winds up being right as we approach the spring months, which is when Apple usually holds its first big event of the year.