Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities in Taiwan has issued a new note indicating that this year’s MacBooks will be upgraded with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, as well as 32 gigabytes of RAM in the 15-inch model.
Details from the note were published earlier by MacRumors.
According to Kuo, a new 12-inch MacBook will begin production in the second quarter of this year, new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros will begin production in the early third-quarter, and a new 15-inch MacBook will begin mass production in the final quarter of the year, featuring 32 gigabytes of memory and aimed at high-end users. It’s unclear whether this last machine will fall into the “Pro” lineup or have simply the “MacBook” nomenclature.
Not surprisingly, Kuo says that all new laptops are predicted to run on Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, the latest revamp in Intel’s Core family of chips. The newest MacBook Pros, released last fall, run on Intel’s 2015 Skylake processors.
Of course, there are always plenty of rumors swirling around upcoming Apple products, so we take these notes with a grain of salt. But Kuo has been one of the more reliable sources out there, making accurate predictions that range from specific iPhone features to predicting the high price of a high-end Apple Watch to Apple’s whole product roadmap for the year.