2017 MacBook Pro Models To Feature 32GB Ram, Price Cut [REPORT]

The latest range of MacBook Pros was met with both tepid responses and tons of excitement when Apple unveiled it last week. Adding to the hype end of things, a new report from 9to5Mac suggests that even a better MacBook Pro is on the way next year.

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A research note from firm KGI Securities details news regarding the 2017 MacBook Pro line. Ming-Chi Kuo, the well-known Apple analyst believes the laptops will receive a significant upgrade to their processing capacity, as well as a refreshing price cut.

According to Kuo, MacBook Pros are generally over-priced when first released on the market. As such, he believes that we will likely see a drop in the price of the 2016 MacBook Pro variants in the second half of next year. Kuo also states that he believes that Apple will release refreshed versions of the laptop line that feature 32GB of RAM around the same time next year.

The analyst does state, however, that this timeline is dependent on the release of Intel‘s upcoming Cannonlake processors.

The upcoming CPU is expected to consume significantly less power than its predecessors, Skylake and Kaby Lake. The power saved could then in turn be used to increase the amount of RAM. Phil Schiller, an Apple exec, recently stated that Apple didn’t include a 32 GB RAM option on the new MacBook Pro models specifically due to power consumption.

It’s tough to say for sure what Apple’s pricing strategy will be for next year, but it’s worth keeping in mind that while Kuo has quite an impressive track record when it comes to Apple, he is only an analyst, so one cannot take his word as gospel.

Would you be excited for the release of a 32GB RAM MacBook Pro option? We know you’d all like to see a price drop. 

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  • Si2k78

    Next year’s model will always be better then the current year’s model, obviously.

  • Ian

    Typical Apple rumour blah blah blah

  • Chris Kim

    I do somewhat doubt that they’ll actually drop the entry-price next year. It seems more likely that it will just be updated specs (eg. Kaby Lake or Cannonlake) at the same price points.

    Assuming 32gb ram option is available, it’s possible they may up the baseline spec to be 16gb (for the 13″ for example) for the same entry price point, in which case it’s technically a price drop…

    That being said, while it’s possible, I do doubt it – at the end of the day, part of the “Mac” brand appeal is that they’re premium-priced products. And the MBP is their premium notebook – unfortunately, I think the price is more likely to stay than not

  • Shameer Mulji

    The 27″ 5K iMac received a price drop after a year. Even when the original MBA came out, it was slow and very expensive. And now it’s much faster and much cheaper. So there is precedent (albeit it isn’t a guarantee either). It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Apple drops prices $200 to $300 by this time next year

  • Shameer Mulji

    There’s no way you see 32GB next year. Here’s a current Intel roadmap

    http://wccftech.com/intel-14nm-coffee-lake-10nm-cannonlake-2018/

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64113b3686a44da75992797bd373d16b7a6fec58a35c745ceb8161b3c75f5440.jpg

    Both Kaby Lake & Coffee Lake (successor to Kaby Lake) won’t support 32GB LPDDR4 RAM (ie: low power DDR4 RAM), as far as Touch Bar equipped Macbook Pros are concerned. So MBP (with Touch Bar) users who want 32GB RAM will have to wait till Ice Lake, the successor to Cannon Lake. That won’t happen till Fall 2018 at the earliest.

    So in short, the Intel roadmap is a bit of a mess at the moment.

  • RickysCV

    I’ve had Apple products for over 30 years. This is the first time that I have doubts about the direction Apple is heading with their products. I am not recommending their products as I once did to family and friends. Upgrades where the main result is that we have to buy new dongles and adaptors, or apps that don’t work anymore because you downloaded an update that won’t work on your equipment. They are playing a game that I am unable to continue to buy into. So, like many others, I am for the first time, looking at what Microsoft and Windows has to offer and seeing if I could afford the money and re-learning it would take to get into a differnt system. Apple has lost it’s way. They aren’t that different any more but they are very expensive and yet they want more…just a little more money with every new offering, telling us what we need and should want. We need a new company that can provide basic equipment and software that actually ‘just works’ with a reasonable price tag. They’d be quite successful I’d predict.

  • Chris Kim

    That’s fair, you’re right, there are definitely precedents for price cuts on Macs down the line. I could see them doing this in next iteration with Kaby Lake or Cannonlake (depending on timing): 1) 13″ as doubling base-line model to 16gb (with upgrade option to 32) and maybe even $100-$200 price drop; 2) 15″ as introducing a base-line model with integrated graphics at a lower price point.

    I don’t think it’ll be a significant price drop for awhile though, as it would likely piss off the early adopters.

  • jay

    apple lost there heart and when i see the last results i believe apple will replace there CEO in the near future and hopefully the whole MAFIA with him. i really have enough