Apple MacBook Pro 2017 Upgrade Predictions

Posted: Mar 27 2017, 4:58am CDT | by , in Apple

2017 MacBook Pro Updates

New MacBook Pro refresh is likely to be nothing but CPU and RAM upgrades

The MacBook Pro is the bread and butter over at Apple. The MacBook Pro is hands down the biggest product in the computing line for Apple and you can bet it will see updates this year. Coming off a major overhaul that saw the addition of the cool Touch Bar any upgrades to the line for 2017 are likely to be small.

Apple released a series of new products on March 21. As expected, a new 2017 MacBook Pro was not part of the new releases. The only difference in 2017 MacBook Pro laptops would likely only be in processors. After all, the MacBook Pro line got an overhaul only a few months back in late 2016. A new MacBook Pro is expected for fall and not earlier.

Chances are the only upgrade you will see for MacBook Pro models in 2017 will be the introduction of new Intel Kaby Lake processors to the mix. Those Kaby Lake processors would bring reduced heat output and reduced power consumption meaning longer run time for MacBook Pro users.

The move to Kaby Lake processors for Apple could mean that SSD performance increases as well. These moves would mean more performance for new models but just as importantly more run time away from an outlet.

One change that could be significant is the elimination of the MacBook Air that has been rumored. That MacBook Air is expected to be replaced by the 13-inch MacBook Pro lacking the Touch Bar writes Forbes.

There has been a lot of controversy when Apple introduce the 2016 MacBook Pro about the small touchbar and the removal of ports. Apple could actually be forced on redesigning the MacBook Pro in case sales have slowed. At this point we don't have sales numbers of the 2016 MacBook Pro. Find savings on MacBook Pro on

Two features of the 2016 MacBook Pro are expected to come to the 2017 iMac. Apple will upgrade the iMac ports to USB-C and the Bluetooth keyboard will get a Touch Bar.

A new report from University Herald cites KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as stating that mass production for the 2017 version of the MacBook Pro is expected to being in the second half of 2017. The analyst expects that there will be a new version packing 32GB of RAM coming with the refresh and that the machines will be unveiled in October with shipments starting shortly after. With mass production starting in October, that might well mean a December launch or possibly even a launch in early 2018 which could mean no updates at all for 2017.

Kuo also expects Kaby Lake processors in the next upgrade that will extend battery life and bring a bit more performance. A big new announcement for those who need a MacBook Pro to get them through until a refresh happens is that Apple is now selling refurbished 2016 MacBook Pro models. These refurbished machines shave $360 to $650 off the purchase price. After launching that red iPhone, if you were hoping for a red MacBook Pro word is that will not happen.

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