Apple Prepping Bigger MacBook for High-end Users

January 21, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple’s line up of laptops for 2017 will be focused on improving hardware components, reveals the latest note released by notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities, Taiwan. According to the note, Apple’s MacBook lineup for this year will include a processor upgrade, and this will cover all the MacBook variants that will be hitting the shelves this year.

The component upgrade will include a leap to Intel next-gen processors with Kaby Lake architecture. There will also be a jump in RAM, as Apple is said to release its 12-inch MacBook with a RAM of 16 GB. This is double the RAM that is being used in the current two 12-inch sized MacBook.

Besides, Apple is also expected to bring out a new 15-inch MacBook variant that will house an astounding RAM of 32 GB inside. The variant, which will feature a higher variant of the Kaby Lake processor, will be targeting the high-end users and will also be the most ‘significantly redesigned product’ of Apple’s MacBook lineup for this year. It’s still not clear whether Apple will be launching its 15-inch MacBook with the Pro label.

The high-end MacBook will be entering mass production in the fourth quarter of 2017. It will be the last to arrive among the batch, as Apple will be having all the other three versions – 12 inch, 13 inch, and the non-premium 15-inch version- enter mass production ahead of the final quarter.

The first to enter production will be the 12-inch MacBook, whose production will commence as early as second quarter. It will be followed by the production of the 12-inch and 15-inch variants during the third quarter of 2017.

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