MacBook Pro 2017 Release Date, News & Update: Coming With Kaby Lake Processor, Other Killer Features & Specs Revealed [Video]
New MacBook Pro models were released in October 2016, but Apple patrons are already looking ahead to the next update of the MacBook Pro 2017. Here have rounded up all the rumours related to the new MacBook Pro 2017 - its release date, specs, feature and likely pricing.
Apple might launch its next-generation MacBook Pro models i.e. MacBook Pro 2017 at any point following the release of macOS 10.12.4, as mentioned by MacRumors. But, as MacRumors would emphasize, the late 2016 models are still pretty fresh. The most possible date for the release of latest MacBook pro is WWDC 2017 in June. According to MacRumors, the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that Kaby Lake-based MacBook Pros will enter in to the mass production early in the third quarter. Kuo has also mentioned about a 15-inch MacBook with 32GB of RAM (Skylake 15-inch MBP tops off at 16GB), with mass production expected to start early in the fourth quarter, i.e., fall time frame.
Further fuel to this rumour have given by the fact that on the second macOS 10.12.4 beta, when users click on 'About this Mac', the latest MacBook Pro now simply says '2016' rather than 'late 2016'. So this indicates that the next version of the MacBook Pro will simply be MacBook Pro 2017. Kuo has also suggested that a 2017 update to the MacBook Pro line would bring a price cut and 32GB RAM option.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has predicted that the MacBook Pro 2017 will boast an Apple-designed chip to handle simple tasks like email and updates while the laptop is asleep, citing "people familiar with the matter". "The chip, which went into development [in 2016], is similar to one already used in the latest MacBook Pro to power the keyboard's Touch Bar feature," Gurman mentioned.
Intel's Kaby Lake processors will be the one big change that matters in the MacBook Pro 2017. Keep in mind, the big design change has already happened. In late 2016, the design of all MacBooks has been renovated save the MacBook Air, which will likely do a slow fade, Forbes noted.
The timing of the MacBook Pro's launch in 2016 made it difficult to include Kaby Lake processors, since it would appear that the specific Kaby Lake chips, which would have been suitable hadn't been released yet. But that no longer appears a genuine excuse, as Dell has announced its Precision 5520 laptop that includes Kaby Lake chips and is directly comparable to the MacBook Pro 2017. If Dell has got its hands on Kaby then there's no reason why Apple couldn't do the same.