How likely is a soonish (silent) Kaby-Lake Update

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by NoWayBehind, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. NoWayBehind macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2014
    Rheinland Pfalz Germany
    Kaby Lake is already being shipped to manufacturers (at least the ones that could be used in the MacBook) and it introduces several features I think a small new iterarion of the MacBook could benefit from, probably including small improvements in battery and performance. Considering the next batch of Intel chips might not be coming until Q3 2017, do you think it might be worth to wait 2-3 months to buy a MacBook?

    I mean if I buy this thing for 3 or 4 years, I would totally even wait for 10% gain in battery and performance.
  2. Gpulvi macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2011
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    I'm waiting for my MacBook to arrive (m5 2016) and would be really pissed off if Apple launches two models in less than six months.
    I think we'll see Kaby Lake on early 2017 models.
  3. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Zero chance. The MacBook Pros are not even on Skylake yet!
  4. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    I love the idea that the MacBook will be the only machine to get updated this year.
  5. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    I don't know if they'd launch new models less than six months apart, but 8 months apart isn't unheard of. The MBP used to get hardware updates very frequently during the late 2000s. It all just depends on what Apple needs to design for an update, and if it is even worth doing so.
  6. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    They'll only update when their ancient hardware won't sell anymore. As long as people will buy a two year old system at premium prices, they won't invest money in updating their designs.

    Apple is premium price for old tech.
  7. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    So that's why the MacBook has been updated to the newest processor this year. I didn't realize it was their way of only updating when the ancient hardware won't sell anymore. :|
  8. Jetcat3 macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2015
    Ya know I see this on a lot of different threads and comments regarding Apple's price for old tech. Their computer line up is a but dates at this moment, but Apple uses the VERY BEST hardware if you ask me. Just look at Anandtech's benchmarks back to the iPhone 5s. iOS devices have been owning the competition! Once they go OLED it'll be all over as far as iOS goes.
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Probably April 2017. Kaby Lake is not a big update, particularly for the Core m series.
  10. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Well Apple has a history of doing something similar with the iPad 3.
  11. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    But if they wanted to, they could have released the Skylake MacBook in time for the holiday season last year.
  12. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    Let's take a look at the Surface Book to see why Apple has taken its time with recent processor updates...
  13. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
  14. toddzrx macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Given Apple's recent history (defined as the past 5 years), no, they aren't going to update it until next spring. A decade ago Apple would generally put new processors in their machines twice a year, sometimes even more, depending on Intel's release schedule. Now that Intel has slowed way down, and run into delay after delay, annual release cycles are as good as we will get. It could be worse: check out the Mac Pro or Mini.

  15. evec macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2016
    Use of very latest CPU is not already good.
    It will get chance of unstable when implement new CPU too soon.
    It also need time for test the new CPU reliability.
    As Apple require the best CPU from Intel with higher standard that other PC factory,
    Intel tend to provide new CPU to Apple after half year launched.

    Even Skylake already have bug and it call not been fully fixed until now.
    Intel should launch real new generation , is not launch new product too frequency with full of bug.
  16. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    I can't see Apple updating until next April/May like they did for Skylake. Apple is clearly in no rush to update their Mac lines.
  17. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    Apple has access to the CPUs at the same time as every other manufacturer. Sometimes earlier if Apple requests early access.

    And thorough design testing of all component parts is not exactly Apple's historic pattern. If it was, then there would have been far fewer class action suits that forced Apple to recall products with manufacturing defects.

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