Apple To Upgrade MacBook Pro To Kaby Lake CPU
Now that Intel officially announced their desktop Kaby Lake processors at CES, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects Apple’s 2016 MacBook to get a refresh – an upgrade to Intel Kaby Lake processors. Apple recently introduced new MacBook Pro’s with USB Type C, Intel’s dated Sky Lake processors, and a touchbar instead of function keys.
The MacBook 12-inch will be the first Mac to get the updated processors, with production starting in Q2. The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models will also get the Kaby Lake CPU with production starting in Q3.
That’s not all
Apple has more up their shelves. They’re expected to include 32GB of RAM in the 15-inch model; the current model is capped at 16GB of RAM for battery performance. Lastly, Apple may cut the price of the 13-inch non-touchbar MacBook Pro because it hasn’t fared well with consumers. I’ve seen the 13-inch non-touch bar model to be the MacBook Air replacement, but the high price has been the limiting factors for college students and others who cannot afford to spend $1,000+ on a laptop.
The updated Kaby Lake architecture will bring improved battery life, something that’s been a painful point for many professionals. The refresh is coming not long after Apple announced the Sky Lake update, which makes many who upgraded their laptops see what Apple will do for them. The customers spending $2,000 or $3,000 on a laptop will spend years with the laptop, and using Sky Lake for 3 or 4 years might not cut it for many customers.
I haven’t updated to the latest MacBook Pro because of concerns around the processor, especially if I’m going to use the laptop for a prolonged period of time. If Apple does this refresh, I for one will be picking up the new MacBook in a heartbeat.
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