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Next MacBook Pro May Increase Maximum RAM

Apple will reportedly release a new high-end MacBook Pro in 2017 with up to 32GB of RAM.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple plans to release four new MacBook models in 2017 featuring the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel. He revealed the most information about a “15-inch MacBook” aimed at professional users, which is expected to include 32GB of desktop-class RAM, up from 16GB in the current generation

The “15-inch MacBook” described by Kuo is expected to be at the top-end of the MacBook Pro range, and will be “the most significantly redesigned product this year.” It is expected to enter production sometime early in the fourth quarter.

Updates to the 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models are also expected, but Kuo did not reveal whether these models would also up the 16GB RAM limit. Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said last year that allowing more than 16GB of RAM “would require a memory system that consumes much more power and wouldn’t be efficient enough for a notebook.”

The 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models will enter production in the third quarter. An update to the 12-inch MacBook is expected to allow users to choose up to 16GB of RAM, compared to 8GB in the current generation. Kuo said the 12-inch MacBook will enter production in the second quarter.

Kuo also claimed the new Kaby Lake MacBook and MacBook Pro models would be power efficient, which may positively affect shipment numbers.

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