KGI: new MacBook Pros and 13″ MacBook next week, iMacs & 5K Cinema Display in 2017

By , Oct 22, 2016

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According to revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple’s media event next Thursday will serve as a launchpad for a long-awaited update to the aging MacBook Pro notebook lineup, which will see “many” noteworthy upgrades.

Apple will also announce a brand new model of the new MacBook with a screen measuring thirteen inches diagonally, Kuo wrote in a note to clients.

Some observers think this machine is actually a thirteen-inch MacBook Air with new USB-C ports. As you know, the current Retina MacBook has a 12-inch Retina display.

Next-generation iMacs, as well as a rumored 5K resolution display won’t be unveiled at the event because they’re apparently not ready yet.

According to the report, the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh will include two models: one with a thirteen-inch screen and the other with a fifteen-inch one.

The new machines should have an OLED touch bar replacing the function key row with programmable shortcuts that change from one app to another, Touch ID sensor (likely integrated into the power button), USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 and the same low-profile keyboard with butterfly mechanism like the new MacBook, among other features.

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The OLED touch bar would be controlled by a new dedicated chip which Kuo claims bears resemblance to the processor that powers the Apple Watch.

From the report:

Our new predictions also include: (1) Intel’s (US) Skylake processor; (2) the same panel resolution but better display quality and energy efficiency thanks to an oxide panel; (3) a new option of 2TB SSD storage capacity; (4) adoption of a similar processor as Apple Watch to control the OLED touch bar more energy-efficiently in the new MacBook Pro models; and (5) a Type-C & MagSafe-like adapter rolled out by Apple or a third-party supplier, given positive reviews for the MagSafe charging design.

The iMac, Apple’s popular all-in-one desktop, as well as its rumored external display with a 27-inch screen featuring 5K resolution (likely matching the resolution of the 5K iMac) should be expected in the first half of 2017, according to the analyst.

We also expect Apple to launch new iMacs (21.5-inch and 27-inch) and Cinema Display (27-inch) in mid-1H17. We cannot say for certain whether Apple will announce the new iMacs and Cinema Display on October 27 as the shipping schedule is not imminent.

Although the next iMac and 5K display won’t ship this year, Apple could choose to announce and preview them at Thursday’s event. A few years back, the company previewed the radically redesigned Mac Pro even though the powerful desktop computer wouldn’t start shipping until six months later.

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Speaking of which, Kuo makes absolutely no mention of any Mac Pro-focused refresh.

I hope Apple won’t disappoint its loyal fan base of creative pros who need a powerful desktop, Unfortunately, it’s been increasingly difficult to justify dropping more than three-thousand dollars on the Mac Pro’s three-year-old hardware.

The Mac-focused “Hello again” media event is scheduled for October 27 and we will be providing remote coverage of the announcements as they happen.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Rolf Bause

    Apple is so great with the planing, that the processors in the new MBs will already be out of date when they come out 😀 Because, Courage!

    • CAIO MARIZ®

      Quad Core Kaby Lake doesn’t exist yet

      • 5723alex .

        Kaby Lake is a crappy CPU. Hope Apple won’t use it.

      • Rolf Bause

        Yeah, but they are coming in the beginning of 2017. We are waiting for 2 years now with the new MacBooks, without any update, not even a processor update… Might as well wait a few months longer now and at least catch the Intel release cycle. All the other big manufacturers already have Skylake… howcome they are able to do this, and Apple isn’t?

      • CAIO MARIZ®

        Kaby lake will not support Intel Iris Pro Graphics,
        so worse battery, they will jump Kaby lake

      • Rolf Bause

        from what I’ve read they will have an Intel HD Graphics 620…

      • CAIO MARIZ®

        Less powerful than current Haswell Iris Pro, Broadwell Iris Pro and Skylake Iris Pro

      • Rolf Bause

        Ok, in this particular case Skylake is probably really the better choice then (what r they thinking at Intel)… But when did this ever happen, that the next gen was worse than the previous? My main point was: Why the hell aren’t they able to synchronize their release cycles better for christ sake? Apple is (as far as I know) Intels biggest buyer of chips… you could really expect better imo.

      • CAIO MARIZ®

        I don’t know why they can’t synchronize their release cycles with the intel’s ones

    • Jack Wong

      Other than i5 and 2013 mid MacBook Air, I don’t even remember what is the name of my processors?! Does it really matter?

      • Rolf Bause

        Yes it does.

      • Jack Wong

        Would you mind to list one to two benefit of that?

      • Rolf Bause

        The benefit is that you know if you got the latest technology or not and if you got screwed or not 😉 And you probably have a Haswell btw

      • Jack Wong

        I don’t really concern about the CPU anymore, how powerful it could be on a laptop.

        I would rather have 16GB ram, longer battery life and more cheap SSD storage on the Air since the task I am doing the most are just browsing, remote into other computers and word/excel file.

        I don’t convert video that often.

        But it seems like Apple doesn’t want to give that 16GB RAM to the MacBook and MacBook Air line…

      • Rolf Bause

        You don’t need 16GB of RAM for any of this 😉 But in general I’m with you there.
        The RAM and SSD upgrade option are just ridiculous… it’s pure greed.
        If Xiaomi develop their Mi notebooks some more (idk, v2-3 or so :D)… I’ll maybe give it a shot and make a hackintosh :D. They give you all these things: removeable ssd, 2nd ssd slot – for half the price.

      • Jack Wong

        Yes/No, I am trying so hard to utilize the ram usage on the Virtual Box, plugins and browsers…

        Just like do we need 1TB SSD storage on laptop?! Yes/No, I would be more lazy to organize if I have 1TB storage but like you said… the upgrade price for SSD is ridiculous…

        I have 8GB ram and 512GB SSD, 256GB originally, but I got really lucky to get a 512GB SSD(pulled from MacBook Pro) from eBay for $375 last year then sold the 256GB for $200.

        If I want any Mac laptop with 512GB… it would cost me 1.5k+…

        I guess… I can only have 1 wish for my next laptop, either USB-C chargeable or 16GB ram.

      • Rolf Bause

        Transcend has some decent SSD upgrades (Transcend JetDrive). 500gb cost a little less than 300 bucks… 1tb around 500.

      • Jack Wong

        Those are not as fast, no thank you.

        If there is no new laptop that I can afford/like on this Thurs, then I would get a new battery for the current Air, I will also go for OEM instead of third party.

      • Rolf Bause

        The PCI-e based ones aren’t as fast… the SATA drives are supposed to be fine.

  • askep3

    “The OLED touch bar would be controlled by a new dedicated chip which Kuo claims bears resemblance to the processor that powers the Apple Watch.”

    This way the main processsor doesn’t have to handle the touch bar!

  • So, the lineup:

    Air is dead
    Mini will be dead soon

    It all leads to the following naming:
    iPad – iPad Pro
    iPhone – iPhone Pro (next year with iPhone 8)
    Mac – Mac Pro
    MacBook – MacBook Pro

    Now, the size is where I’m not quite sure what’s gonna happen. 13″ MacBook makes it all confusing. Will they revive 11″ and kill 12″? If they do, we may have 11″/13″ MacBook and 13″/15″ MacBook Pro. 12″ alongside 13″ just wouldn’t make any sense.

  • Hussain Alsanona

    I think this event will be boring, but the new MacBook Pros