Apple will launch a new 15-inch MacBook Pro powered with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors later this year. The claim was made by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a note to investors.
Kuo predicted that the new 12-inch MacBook models with Kaby Lake processors will enter mass production in the early second quarter of 2017. He mentioned that 16GB RAM option could also be added to the device. The two current 12-inch MacBook models have 8GB of RAM.
Furthermore, the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models will begin production in the third quarter of this year. The investor note does not include any information on the amount of RAM these models will feature.
Last but not least, Kuo mentioned a new 15-inch MacBook Pro that will feature Kaby Lake processor and 32GB of RAM. These models will start production in the final quarter of the year, which begins in September. According to Kuo, the machine will adopt desktop-class memory to meet the needs of high-end users.
Apart from faster processors and more memory, most other specifications and features will remain the same as that of the MacBook Pros released in 2016.
Kuo believes that the new Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch models will be power efficient, which will affect the shipments positively. He estimated that the shipments will grow at about 10% on the strength of the new Mac notebooks.
Finally, Apple will cut the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without TouchBar as the machine performed worse than Apple expected. This is good news for people who don’t need the added functionality of Touchbar but want to buy the 13-inch model at reduced price.
Kuo’s note doesn’t offer any clues regarding the rest of the Mac lineup, like Apple’s desktop models. Also, no release dates were mentioned in the note. But Kuo has been a reliable source out there, who has earlier made many accurate predictions about the upcoming Apple products.