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Apple to refresh MacBook and MacBook Pro Models with Kaby Lake Processors in 2017

Apple is likely to add 32GB of RAM for the high-end model of MacBook Pro, while the 12-inch model will boast a 16GB of RAM.

Apple will be releasing the updated Macbooks with seventh generation of Intel Kaby Lake processors, as revealed by the latest research note from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities.

The analyst states that the company might launch a new 15-inch MacBook Pro model with a whopping 32GB of RAM. He said in a research note that the new MacBook Pro will be “the most significantly redesigned product this year” and will enter production in the early fourth quarter. The model will also feature the same Touch Bar as we have seen in the 2016 version of the MacBook Pro.
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Kuo said that the Cupertino-based company will also update 12-inch MacBook models with the latest processor, which will enter in mass production in the early second quarter. The analyst predicts that a 16GB memory option will also be added to the device.

Furthermore, the company will also update the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with the same processor and the models will enter the mass production in the early third quarter, though the research note did not reveal any information about the RAM.

To recall, Apple introduced the new MacBook Pro 2016 in October 2016, which is touted as the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever. The regular 13 inch MacBook Pro comes with 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The one with the Touch Bar and Touch ID comes with 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage and lastly, the 15 inch MacBook Pro comes with 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage.

For graphics, Apple has opted for Radeon Pro discrete graphics in the 15-inch model and for the 13-inch model, you get Intel Iris Graphics that offers two times faster performance than before. For software, Apple has given the new MacOS Sierra which comes with new features like Siri integration, Universal Clipboard, Apple Pay on the web and Photos.

For connectivity, there are a 3.5mm audio jack and two Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) ports on the 13-inch variant and four Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) ports on the 15-inch variant.

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