Apple to add Kaby Lake SoCs for 2017 MacBooks, 32GB RAM option for Pro

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KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a brand new note talking about Apple’s plans for its MacBook range in 2017. The tech major is apparently going to focus on a number of internal refreshes such as introducing Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors across its lineup.

One major bone of contention MacBook users have had with the 2016 MacBook Pro is that it tops out at 16GB of RAM. Many power users complained that the ceiling was too low for their needs. Apple responded to the criticism by stating that it did so in order to guarantee a healthy battery life.

As it turns out, Apple seems to have absorbed some of the disapproval it received. Kuo claims that it’s looking to unveil a 15-inch MacBook Pro model which will carry up to 32GB of RAM in the fourth quarter of the year. He predicts that the company will be forced to utilize desktop RAM because of the restrictions currently found in memory system designs.

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AppleInsider points out that the firm will probably have to adopt emerging memory technology like LPDDR4 or DDR4L to make sure the new MacBook Pro stays on par with the current one in terms of unplugged battery life. Other than the 15-inch edition, there might also be revamped 13-inch and 15-inch variants set for a Q3 2017 launch.

Meanwhile, the 12-inch MacBook may hit mass production in the second quarter of the year looking mostly the same as its previous iteration. The one significant change it is likely to possess is a new 16GB RAM option, double its predecessor’s 8GB RAM.

Interestingly, Kuo alleges that Apple is going to sell the current Touch Bar-less 13-inch MacBook Pro at a deep discount to boost shipments since it hasn’t been doing as well as the Touch Bar-equipped models. The brand wants the former to serve as a replacement for the 13-inch MacBook Air.