The fabulous fate of MacBooks Pro: OLED, 32GB RAM and lower prices, possibly by 2017

The fabulous fate of MacBooks Pro: OLED, 32GB RAM and lower prices, possibly by 2017

In recent days, a number of posts here from dissected the new MacBooks Pro in every possible and imaginable way: we talk about design, creation process, Touch Bar, benchmarks, Removable SSDs, graphical performance, what came and what didn't (like the beloved boot sound).

Now that we've basically covered every side of this remarkable and controversial notebook, what do we have left? Talk about the future, of course, since the machine of rumors and speculation, as well as time, does not stop. And for such an assignment, nothing better than relying on the predictive skills of Ming Chi Kuo, our old well-known KGI Securities analyst with an enviable resume hit rate.

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According to Kuo, 2017 should be a year beyond interesting not only for MacBooks Pro, but for Apple's entire line of portable computers. The very exciting analyst's main bet: he believes that by the second half of the year, Ma will lower the prices of all MacBooks, based on the argument that introductions of new technologies and paradigms like new MBPs always come. accompanied by salty prices, such as the original MacBook Air and the first Retina display MacBook Pro, for example.

Kuo also predicts that over the next year, technologies employed by the new Apple handheld, such as the Thunderbolt 3 and Touch Bar, will begin to gain more support and acceptance from industry and consumers, and thus the responsiveness New machines finally warm up.

Finally, Kuo bet that, also in the second half, an update of the MacBook Pro will be announced with the possibility of configuring the desired 32GB of RAM. But here is a question: The analyst says that this possibility will only be opened by Apple if Intel launches the architecture chips in time. Cannonlake, able to surpass the current maximum 16GB without compromising the battery.


In time: Reddit has always come up with a full explanation deepening why the new MacBooks Pro is limited to 16GB of RAM. We have already published here the simple official Apple justification but, if you want something more satisfying, basically the question is that the architecture Skylake, on which new MBP processors are based, * no * supports LPDDR4-type memories (LP in this case means Low Power; in Portuguese, “Low Energy”), capable of reaching 32GB or more. Apparently the next generation “Kaby Lake” Only support LPDDR4 on U-grade chips, other than Apple's; Therefore, according to this logic, only in 2018 will we see MBPs with up to 32GB of RAM.


In other news talking about the upcoming MacBooks Pro, the South Korean website ETNews reported, citing "close sources to the subject," that Apple is planning to incorporate OLED with full strength from its product line starting next year, and one of the first targets in its line of professional (or not) laptops.

Although Touch Bar (and other Ma products, such as Apple Watch) have already incorporated the technology, it seems that the main screen of MacBooks Pro undergoes a major change by replacing the traditional LCD with the modern OLED, which has benefits such as lower power consumption. energy, greater color contrast and the possibility of thinner and lighter designs.

According to the report, those who supply Touch Bar displays to Apple are none other than Samsung, and this partnership could also extend to Ma's main laptop screens if the switch to OLED is accomplished in the future. Before anyone worries, the pieces of Sammy that explode are batteries (and one product only), not screens. Then we can rest easy.

(via MacRumors: 1, 2; 9to5Mac)