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Apple MacBook Pro: Should you wait another year?

The new MacBook Pro could be cheaper and more attractive next year, says Ming-Chi Kuo.
The new MacBook Pro could be cheaper and more attractive next year, says Ming-Chi Kuo.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects price cuts on Apple's new MacBook Pro and MacBook lineup in 2017. He also mentions a new MacBook Pro refresh bringing Intel's Cannonlake CPUs and up to 32 GB of RAM to the MacBook Pro in the second half of 2017.

We just experienced a new major MacBook Pro refresh last month when Apple introduced three new MacBook Pro models with revamped internals and a fresh new design. Ming-Chi Kuo, famous analyst at KGI Securities, nevertheless published a research report recently about the future of the MacBook lineup in 2017. In his report, Kuo mentioned, that Apple has shown the tendency to price new or refreshed products high at first but subsequently lower prices in the year to follow. 

This led Kuo to expect a price cut for the MacBook Pro and the 12 inch MacBook next year. He also mentions that there will be a lot more USB-C peripherals in a year from now, making it less likely to need adapters constantly, if you want to interconnect with your MacBook. Also, more software products will have embraced the Touch Bar, recently introduced on the MacBook Pro, by 2017, making it a much more exciting feature than it is now.

Customers that are disappointed by the fact that the MacBook Pro did not receive a Kaby Lake update this year and still maxes out at 16 GB of RAM, might also look forward to a refresh in the second half of 2017 according to the report. If Intel manages to keep its schedule and release their next CPU generation called Cannonlake in time, those processors will lower power consumption by up to 25 percent, which would allow Apple to then integrate more RAM into the MacBook Pro. Phil Schiller, chief of marketing at Apple recently said, that offering 32 GB of RAM would cause too much battery drain on the current MacBook Pro generation.


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Alexander Fagot, 2016-11- 1 (Update: 2016-11- 1)