KGI: new MacBook Pros coming in 2017 with price cuts, 32GB RAM option

By , Oct 31, 2016

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KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects 2017 to be a solid year for Apple’s MacBook Pro line. The reliable Apple analyst issued a note to investors on Monday, saying that he believes Apple will introduce price cuts for the MacBook Pro, as well as internal upgrades with support for up to 32GB of RAM.

The note comes less than a week after Apple introduced its all-new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID at a media event in Cupertino. The laptop has been met with a fair amount of criticism over its high price tag—the 13-inch model is up $500 over its predecessor—and lower-than-expected specs.

The new MacBook to be launched in 2H17 may support 32GB DRAM, eventually attracting more core users; this depends on whether or not Intel ships Cannonlake CPU on time in 2017, which features 15-25% less power consumption of LPDDR 4, versus the existing LPDDR 3. If Cannonlake doesn’t enter mass production as expected, the new models launched in 2H17 will adopt Coffee Lake, which continues to adopt LPDDR 3, and maximum DRAM support will also remain unchanged at 16GB.

In response to a customer question regarding the MacBook Pro’s 16GB limit, Apple’s Phil Schiller said that to put more RAM into the notebook would’ve required a “memory system that consumes much more power.” A subsequent Reddit report suggested Intel’s Skylake chips may be the technical culprit.

The new MacBook Pro is available for order now (though shipping estimates are weeks out), and prices start at $1,499 for the base model, and $1,799 for the entry-level Touch Bar model.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Marcus

    I think I’m just going to use my current MacBook Pro until it breaks down and then hope that this 2017 MBP is released at that time.

    • Howie Eastin

      Im feeling the same way, the only thing that interested me in this release of Macbook’s was the new color option but I have a Dbrand skin for now to hold me over

    • Coudn’t agree more, the new Macbook Pro 2016 doesn’t entice me that much, all I wish for is to see LPDDR4 at least.

    • William Melendez

      What MacBook Pro do you currently have. I have a late 2011. I however, did upgrade to SSD 1TB and the ram. I can’t decided if I should upgrade or just wait lol

      • efrds

        I am in the exact same situation. I’ve got the 13inch late 2011 and I upgraded it last year to 8gb Ram and 250gb SSD. Although I am missing the new sharp retina displays and usb 3.0 I won’t upgrade for only these reasons. The only thing that I am considering right now is a bigger screen. (maybe I will swipe to the 15inch but not at the moment, over 2000 bucks for a pc isn’t affordable for me and not even worth it). So in my opinion if retina (and a better graphic card) and usb speed rate isn’t important for you, I won’t upgrade because SSD and the extra RAM boosted my late 2011 so much that it never lacks, it’s even faster than it was before.
        Well it was my opinion, I hope I could help you.

      • Marcus

        I think the biggest thing that I want in a new MacBook Pro is a 15 inch screen and a better processor. It seems like I’m in the same boat as you.

      • Marcus

        I also have a late 2011. It’s a 13 inch and I upgraded the RAM to 8GB. And I have 500 GB of storage. I feel like the fan on it is constantly running, so I think that means it’s time for an upgrade.

  • mrgerbik

    So where are all the apologists crying that Apple dosent overprice their products? That Apple only makes a small amount profit after all the huge amount of R&D that they spend on each device.

    $2000US+ for a mid-range laptop is really laughable

    • John Smith

      Now if it was $1999.99USD…

    • imraan

      There are still people that say Apple doesn’t overprice their products? The price tag might be laughable to those it affects. But I can’t deny the exemplary performance it puts out. It’s almost like a AMG vs ///M in the automobile world. AMG comes hard with the numbers, quick release and customer effectiveness…but the ///M comes with nomimal numbers and takes control each & everytime. It’s the way you put your power to use.

    • Rowan09

      Of course they do just like Microsoft, Google, etc. Apple is a hardware company unlike Microsoft and Google who does software and now make hardware to support their software.

  • Hopefully Apple will fix their lineup next year. I don’t see why Apple needs two 13″ MacBook Pros. Makes no sense at all.

    • malhal

      Several reasons, a lot of people already chose the 13″ pro over the 13″ air last year because of the retina screen, those customers are likely to continue to make more pro purchases. Also by branding it pro they can justify the premium pricing.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    For those who are cancelling their pre-orders for the 2016 MacBook “Pro” (aka: MacBook Amateur), please say “aye.”

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    Replacing my mid 2014 MBP 15″ with 16GB RAM to this new MBP does not make sense at all. Probably Apple will sell much more to those who have older versions of MBP. I’ll wait for the 32GB model. Common Apple!

  • Huelander Pega

    where I can find the old model of the macbook pro? is cheaper now 🙂

    • malhal

      But the 15″ has a 2 year old Haswell architecture. The 13″ is the newer Broadwell but the graphics are not as good as they could have been, its the Iris 6100 rather than the Iris Pro 6200 in the iMac. Either size, getting the old model has some significant compromises.

  • malhal

    24GB would be enough for me, I hate having 7GB swap eating up valuable SSD space.

  • Tunc Ak

    Where’s the 17″ for designers, who needs a 13″ pro unit?
    It’s no small symbolism the last 17″ was the same year Jobs died.
    Make it frameless with a minimal bezel and make it even an 18″ screen.
    And what’s with the subtle shade of space grey when they discontinued it for the phones, how epic if they used the same black as the new iPhone 7 and get rid of the 2 tone look of the black keys on silver and go all black as an option.