The new processor architecture ?Kaby Lake?, from Intel, was made official a few weeks ago, just before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017. In the case of Apple, all Macs still have processors based on the ?Skylake? architecture, the previous one ? if not an even older thing. But if these codes found in the latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 are right, that could change very soon.
The blog Pike?s Universum discovered, by going through the codes of the latest test version, three motherboard identifiers unheard of in the Mac line ? and which, based on the energy management profiles, refer to new models of MacBooks Pro. The three codes must correspond to eight models, in the following logic:
- Mac-B4831CEBD52A0C4C: would correspond to two new models of the 13 ? MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, with ?Kaby Lake? processors capable of reaching 3.4GHz and 4GHz through technology Turbo Boost ? this would correspond to the i5-7260U and i7-7660U processors, respectively;
- Mac-CAD6701F7CEA092: would correspond to three new models of the 13 ? MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, with ?Kaby Lake? processors capable of reaching 3.5GHz, 3.7GHz and 4GHz through technology Turbo Boost ? which would correspond to the i5-7267U, i5-7287U and i7-7567U processors, respectively;
- Mac-551B86E5744E2388: would correspond to three new models of the 15 ? MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar, of course), with ?Kaby Lake? processors capable of reaching 3.8 GHz, 3.9 GHz and 4.1 GHz through technology Turbo Boost ? which would correspond to the i7-7700HQ, i7-7820HQ and i7-7920 processors, respectively.
With the codes, it was not possible to specify whether the machines? GPUs will also receive upgrades, or if the line (at least some of the models) will receive the speculated ? and highly anticipated ? 32GB of RAM. Unfortunately, there was also no evidence for updates to other lines like iMac or Mac Pro.
The fact is that, as you can see, each model currently on sale for the MacBook Pro will receive its respective change in the processor, without causing major changes in the line as a whole ? a perfectly understandable thing, considering that these are the latest computers announced by Apple (by the way, did they not have more outdated models for them to update before?).
In the end, the most important information, the release date, was not given to us ? and, let?s face it, that Apple is going to announce an update on MacBooks Pro with new ?Kaby Lake? processors at some point in the future, this is all of us we already know. So we keep waiting.