Its been a long time since Apple updated its MacBook lineup and now we have concrete evidence about a major update coming up for Apple's flagship Mac devices. Here is what we know about the 2017 MacBook Pro.
The MacBook is considered to be one of the most powerful and productive laptops in the industry and this fall we are expecting a sizzling update in the machine. The Retina MacBook Pro has two versions which include the 13 and 15 inch machines. This fall it is expected that an update will occur which will include a thinner body and many people are looking forward to the lighter touch panel which includes a touch pad ID functionality.
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What is coming up in the next MacBook Retina Pro
Authentic sources such as KGI securities and Bloomberg have given out the verdict that Apple will be giving out the new version of the MacBook Pro 13 and 15 inch this fall 2016. It is expected that the machines could be out as early as October which makes sense as Apple is aiming to release the mac software mac0S 10.12.1 also in October. This way we will be able to see the updated version by late October.
The MacBook Pros is anticipated to have a much thinner and lighter composition than what we observe currently. However the body of the machine is not expected to be tampered with like we saw in other versions such as MacBook Air and Retina Macbook. You will be able to enjoy shallower curves on the edges. The track pad is also improved to be wide pressure sensitive along with a flatter and smoother keyboard. Other changes in the keyboard include an OLED display touch panel at the top of the keyboard which replaces the conventional physical keys. Apple has named this as the dynamic function row. It is also rumoured that the new version will have support for touch ID and thunderbolt 3.
The touch ID button will most probably be included in the power button. Currently you see the power button right aside the function keys and it will stay there as it is in the most logical position it can be in. There are other rumors afloat which suggest that the OLED touch panel will be contextual. The panel might have buttons which change upon the app in use.
Martin Hajek a designer has established a mockup of the Retinal MacBook Pro as it would look with an OLED touch panel. Kuo believes that the new MacBook Pro models have the most significant upgrades Apple has ever undertaken. The new Models will also include metal injection mould made hinges and butterfly mechanism keyboards which we have seen earlier in the 12 inch MacBook.
In the past we have seen rumours which stated that Apple is developing ultra thin 13 and 15 inch MacBooks but it was unclear which line did the MacBook belong to but now with the information provided by Kuo it is pretty much suggestion that the information pertains to the MacBook Pro Line. We were able to see photos in May which said to depict components for the upcoming Retina MacBook Pro.
The images gave the first look of the thin body device. They included the body of the 13 inch MacBook Pro but missing were the cutouts for the function row. There was a blank space instead where the OLED is expected to be placed. The sides of the device had four USB-C ports and a singular head phone jack. It isn’t for certain that these images give us the first look to our genuine MacBook but they certainly fall in line with the rumors we have heard about the MacBook Pro till now.
Apple Retina MacBook Pro updates have been out of line in the previous two years because of the delay going on with the Intel chips. Apple launched the 13 and 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro at staggering times in 2015 only due to Broadwell. In fact the 13 inch model observed an update in March and the 15 inch model in May 2015. The 13 inch Retina MacBook pro works with Broadwell chips but the 15 inch continues with its previous generation Haswell chips. Apple is still waiting for Skylake chips from Intel and this 15 inch Retina MacBook will see a higher performance boost.
The appropriate Skylake chips to be included in the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro were shown in the price lists by Intel in Mid January and the 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro appropriate chips were announced in September. These chips are sought to be available to Apple in the initial months of 2016. A new series of Xeon E3 can also be potentially used in the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro.
This can boost CPU, memory, performance and even graphics but due to pricing constraints the Core i7 Skylake chips are more likely to be Apple’s choice. The new MacBook Pros are anticipated to contain much powerful graphic cards aiming the video gamers and other professionals who are in need of GPU power.Another rumor is that there might be an option for high performance through the Polaris graphics chip which gives more power but in a slimmer package.
Date of Release
The initial rumors had us thinking that ultra thin 13 and 15 inch MacBook would be introduced in the second quarter of 2016 but later on rumors suggested they will not be released till fall 2016. October is the month which is thought to be the one containing the potential release date. However the latest details regarding Apple’s software masOS10.12.1 which include its release on October 7 suggest that Apple is aiming to finalize the whole package and the timeline indicates the machines will be launched in late October.
The Current Available Models
On march 9 2015 Apple hosted a media event name ‘Spring forward’ in which it released the updated 13 inch Retinal Mac Book Pro. The updated version contained several improvements. A new Broadwell processor was included as well as improved Intel graphics. The battery was also upgraded and a Force touch trackpad.
13 inch Retinal MacBook Pro
The 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro comprises of Broadwell Processors and when compared to the old generation Haswell processors gives more improved performance and better battery life.
The improved battery life is deemed to give at least 12 hours of itunes movie playback. Many internal upgrades have been made but the outer design is the same has the previous generation laptops. It has 2560x1600 wide and 227 pixel per inch Retina display. Its weight is 3.48 pounds and is approximately 0.71 inches thick. This laptop is more focused on performance rather than portability. Basic configurations are available at different prices which depend on the processor chosen as well as storage space.
Processing, Graphics And Storage
The Geekbench 3 benchmarks is of the opinion that the Broad well chips in the 13 inch Retina MacBook Pros’s only give a rather small advantage over their predecessors. This comes as no surprise as Broadwell is more focused on efficiency and battery life rather than simple processing power. However, in general in certain bench mark tests a 3 to 7 percent increase has been seen in performance.The 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro also comes with a upgraded Intel Iris Graphics 6100 which is thought to be a bit more faster than the GeForce 820M.
You will be disappointed as there is no discrete graphics card to add in the 13 inch MackBook Pro but there is an option in the 15 inch. Apple has stated that the 2015 version of the 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro has an upgraded flash storage which is at least two times faster than the older generation machines. Certain independent tests have confirmed that the flash storage is actually faster than the older models.
15 inch Retina MacBook Pro
The 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro was updated on may 19 2015 by Apple. Due to the delays made by Intel it does not feature Broadwell processors but the 2015 version does have many of the same improvements in the 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro.
The 15 inch Retinal MacBook Pro also includes a Force touch track pad, it has also has improved graphics from AMD, a faster storage and a battery life of about 8 to 9 hours. Interestingly the solid state drive included in the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro is the greatest notebook drive the company has yet introduced.
It can reach speeds of about to 2GB which is almost 2.5 times more than the SSD in the older generation 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro. Non Retina MacBook Pro The non Retina MacBook Pro has not been updated by Apple and do not contain Haswell processors and thus Apple has stopped selling the 15 inch non Retina MacBook Pro but still continues to sell the 13 inch non Retina MacBook Pro.
This has not updated since June 2012. The reconfiguration had a cut of dollar. Recently the non Retina MacBook Pro is almost the same price as the Retina MacBook Pro so it is likely that Apple will discontinue its production of non Retina models at some point and time. Stay Tuned as we update this post regularly.