Go to any specialized internet forum like ours, or even in the comments section of any article related to MacBook Pro. One of the main complaints from the line's customers is related to a supposed decrease of the “professional” character of the machines, increasingly impenetrable and difficult (or impossible) to upgrade.
Within this (almost) widespread dissatisfaction among his loyal following, one question stands out: 16GB RAM limit imposed on all Apple portable computers. Of course, 16GB is more than satisfactory (or even exaggerated) for most users, but for the MacBook ProYou might expect some of your professional clients to need something beyond that.
Well, if you happen to be part of this group, you can pull up a stool and wait sitting at least according to this rumor of the DigiTimes.
The "X" of the question here is not Apple itself, but the Intel: As we all know, the company's current processor architecture used by Ma a Kaby lake, which on portable computers limits RAM to the current 16GB. The first generation that supports LPDDR4 memory (up to 32GB) will be the Cannonlake, which has already been postponed several times and was promised, the last time we talked about it, by early 2018.
Now, according to information from the DigiTimes apparently confirmed on this slide from Intel obtained by Patently apple , the new architecture will be delayed once again and only arrive at the end of next year.
The delay has to do with the very nature of the new generation architecture. Cannonlake Intel's first to bring a 10-nanometer manufacturing process after several 14-nanometer generations (such as Kaby lake and the Coffee lake, which comes right after). In fact, with the delay, several notebook manufacturers would have already decided to skip the generation as a whole and wait for the next architecture, dubbed the Ice lake. It is not known, however, what Apple's position on this is.
The fact that the news puts Ma in a situation is not very comfortable. MacBooks Pro with 32GB of RAM was expected this year; A delay of one more generation would certainly greatly enhance users' complaints. Obviously, Apple doesn't have a direct blame on this story, but well, it was Steve Jobs who chose to work with Intel after all.
All of this raises the inevitable question: Would it be time for Macs to adopt their own processors like iPhones and iPads? The Bionic A11 chip, as well as some of its predecessors, are already manufactured in a 10-nanometer process, it should be noted, but nothing indicates that its application to a powerful machine like the MacBook Pro would do Apple computers any good.
Of course, this is a movement that is being studied at Cupertino and will only be put into practice when Ma is fully aware of what she is doing. At least, what we expect.