Apple To Launch MacBook Pro & MacBook Air In October With Intel Skylake Claims Analyst

Ramish Zafar
Posted Sep 26, 2016
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As Apple gets done with the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, we now turn our attention to other potential offerings from the company. The MacBook upgrades from Cupertino have surfaced in the rumor mill regularly. Information so far suggests a secondary OLED display for the MacBook Pro that will display function keys according to usage. Now, some more information has surfaced on both the Pro and MacBook Air. Take a look below to find out more.

Apple Expected To Launch MacBook Pro And MacBook Air In October Claims Analyst

There’s been quite a lot of talk recently when it comes to both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. For the latter, we’re not even sure if Apple will chose to upgrade the device. The iPad Pro and its A9X have consistently managed to outperform Intel’s mobility chipsets in terms of raw benchmark scores. While subjective differences owing to operating systems definitely play a part here, Apple’s A series of processors are catching up fast to low powered solutions from Intel.

However, both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will be upgraded soon if we’re to believe IHS Securities’ Rhoda Alexander. In an interview quoted by Forbes, she claims that production for both the MacBooks started in the second calendar quarter of 2016. The 13.3 and 15.4 inch MacBook Pros and the 13.3 inch MacBook Air will be refreshed in October according to today’s news.

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While this news will sound good to many folks out there, it comes with drawbacks of its own. For starters, an early production schedule for the notebooks most likely means that we won’t get to see Kaby Lake on the notebooks. It’s a fact that Alexander agrees with, as according to her, “given the timing of the start of production, inclusion of [Intel’s] Kaby Lake chip appears unlikely.” While this provides no confirmation for Apple’s plans, it does make Kaby Lake’s chances very slim.

AMD’s Polaris GPUs have been rumored to make it on the notebooks for quite a while. This will counter Skylake’s graphical performance, which isn’t on par with what you’d expect a $1000+ notebook to come with. Anderson’s estimates for the launch of the MacBook Pro and Air are very hopeful. The real question surrounding Apple’s upgrades is about Kaby Lake. All sources point towards Skylake at the moment. So stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

 

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