The Cupertino-based tech giant hasn’t announced any hardware at WWDC since 2013. But rumors indicate that the new models of the MacBook Pro featuring Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake chipsets will make debut at the annual conference, taking place June 5 through June 9.
In addition to launching the new laptops, Apple is also expected to talk about iOS 11 and the new version of MacOS at the conference.
Apple was Criticized For Using Old Chips in 2016 Macbook Pro
Apple released the current line of its MacBook Pro in October 2016. The devices feature Intel 6th-generation Skylake processors, Retina display, Touch Bar, Touch ID, USB-C ports, and Force Touch trackpad.
Early buyers of the MacBook Pro criticized the company for using three-year-old Skylake processors instead of the new Kaby Lake. Fans were disappointed with Apple’s choice of CPU in the MacBook Pro. That CPU are based on Intel’s three-year-old Skylake platform.
Kaby Lake was produced using a 14-nanometer manufacturing process technology by the chip giant Intel. The new processor features a new graphics architecture to improve performance in 3D graphics and 4K video playback.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch Kaby Lake-based 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros in the second half of 2017.
Rumors suggest that Apple will launch two Macbook Pro Touch Bar models as well as a MacBook Pro model without Touch Bar at WWDC.
2017 MacBook Pro Rumors, Specs
The 2017 MacBook Pro is rumored to feature Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processor. The 13-inch model will come with Kaby Lake Integrated GPU, while the 15-inch laptop will feature Radeon Pro GPU.
The devices are expected to come with 8GB and 16GB RAM options. Kuo, the famous Apple analyst, believes that the company will also add a 32GB RAM option aimed at power users.
The storage options could include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB SDD options.
Rumors suggest that the design of the 2017 MacBook Pro will be similar to the 2016 model. However, this year’s model will be available in two additional colors: gold and rose gold.
Moreover, the 2017 MacBook Pro is expected to come with improved battery life, thanks to new Kaby Lake processors. The new processors are designed to enhance the machine’s performance while consuming less power.
All of the models are likely to feature a Retina display, USB-C ports, Touch ID, Touch Bar, and a larger Force Touch trackpad.
2017 MacBook Pro Price
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sells the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 512 GB storage at $2,000, and the 15-inch model with 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and 512 GB storage at $2,800.
No increase or decrease is expected in the 2017 MacBook Pro price. Rumors suggest that the price of this year’s MacBook Pro will likely be the same.