Apple launched new versions of its MacBook Pro notebooks in late 2016, but they still used Intel’s older sixth generation Core processors inside. Now there’s word that the company will release new versions of both its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks with Intel’s latest seventh generation Kaby Lake Core chips later in 2017.
This rumor comes from the usually reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. According to his latest research note, Kuo expects the 12-inch MacBook will be the first to get the Kaby Lake chips, with production set to begin in the second quarter. Windows 10-based notebooks with Kaby Lake processors starting going on sale in the fall of 2016.
The 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which were refreshed last fall with the new TouchBar, will get Kaby Lake processors in the third quarter of 2017, according to Kuo. He added that Apple also plans to launch a 15-inch MacBook Pro this year with 32GB of RAM, up from the current 16GB limit.
Kuo stated that, so far, sales of the MacBook Pros with the TouchBar have been “better than expected”. On the other hand, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro without the TouchBar is not selling according to Apple’s expectations. He believes the company will lower its price to boost its sales.