MacBook Pro 2017 Update Questionable As Intel Cannon Lake Processors Delayed

Posted: Apr 4 2017, 5:50am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

 
MacBook Pro 2017 Update Questionable as Intel Cannon Lake Processors Delayed

Delay in Cannon Lake processors means iMac and MacBook Pro with 32GB of RAM might not land until 2018

MacBook Pro fans hoping for that 2017 update, we have some bad news for you. A new report is making the rounds that suggests that the Intel Cannon Lake processors that are appropriate for the MacBook Pro and iMac lines have likely been delayed by Intel. This rumor stems, according to AppleInsider, from comments made by an Intel executive that suggest the Cannon Lake processors have been delayed in development and mass production.

That processor line was needed for the MacBook Pro to support the 32GB of RAM that was expected to be one of the only upgrades to the notebook line in 2017. Intel's president of chip design, Venkata Renduchintala said of the processor delay, "In terms of first shipments, whether it's before the end of the year, or just after the beginning of [next] year, it's too close to call."

The Cannon Lake processors are the first Intel chips that are built on a 10nm process. Shrinking the die allows the processors to reduce power consumption. Using less power is a nice side effect, but what Apple is really looking for in these Cannon Lake processors is the support for larger amounts of RAM allowing a MacBook Pro offering with 32GB of RAM. The Coffee Lake processors that are coming won't support 32GB of RAM without a new RAM controller, and Apple isn't expected to use a new RAM controller.

Intel's Kaby Lake processors are expected to find their way into the MacBook Pro line, these are 14nm processors and some of them have already shown up in beta code for macOS Sierra 10.12.4. This means that while Apple could use the new Kaby Lake processors and likely will, support for 32GB of RAM isn't expected until late this year at the earliest.

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