Apple has released the MacBook Pro 2016 in October last year and now heads are turning towards the 2017 version of the popular laptop. And if the reports are to be believed, the MacBook Pro 2017 will hit the market in the fourth quarter of this year.

The MacBook Pro 2017 is expected to have Intel's Kaby Lake processors under the hood. Many were surprised when Apple unveiled the MacBook Pro 2016 and only found the older Skylake processor onboard. So now this time the Cupertino-based technology giant is believed to pull out all the stops for its chipset.

This prediction is supported by the recent discovery of three new profiles within the latest beta of the MacOS. As per the Pike's Universum, these three profiles contain certain capabilities which can only point to a Kaby Lake setup. This could mean that work on the upcoming MacBook Pro 2017 has already begun.

Known Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is a KGI Securities analyst and has extensive knowledge about Apple, had previously predicted an update to the entire range in 2017. In October 2016 he told clients that he expected Apple to launch an updated MacBooks Pro 2017 including support for 32GB of RAM, with the rider that Intel would launch the required processors in time.

However, at that time he referenced Cannonlake processors, and in February 2017 he published a new note claiming that the new MacBook Pro 2017 models will feature Kaby Lake processors and that the 13in and 15in versions of the MacBook Pro will see an update towards the end of 2017, with mass production of said models starting in the third quarter of 2017.

Unfortunately, those who are hoping for a 32GB RAM update to the 15in MacBook Pro model in 2017 may be disappointed. The MacBook Pro 2017 with 32GB RAM will not enter mass production until the fourth quarter of 2017 so it may not launch not expected until 2018, Macworld reported.

The new MacBook Pro 2017 is reported to be available in different configurations. The 13-inch MacBook Pro 2017 will come with a Core i7-7660U chip at 2.5 GHz. The 13-inch MacBook Pro 2017 with touch bar might have Core i5-7267U at 3.1 GHz, plus a Core i5-7287U running at 3.3 GHz and a Core i7-7567U processor operating at 3.5 GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017 should have an option of Core i7-7700HQ at 2.8 GHz, Core i7-7280HQ at 2.9 GHz, while the high-performance Core i7-7920 running at 3.1 GHz.