rMBP 15'' with new processors - when?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alpi123, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. alpi123 macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2014
    I want to buy the new Macbook (high-end) but I don't want to regret it when I see that they update it with the new processors in the next 3-4 months. Do you think it will happen in the beginning of the year or June/July, as usual?
  2. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
  3. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    Can't see them refreshing the mbp range in Jan/Feb after just launching the new ones.

    Suspect that the 12" mb range will go kaby lake then, with possibly June/July or possibly even moving to an October slot for the mbp.
  4. alpi123 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2014
    Could someone share if there is a huge difference between kaby-lake and sky-lake? I'm planning to use it for Adobe, Logic etc so I guess it's important for me
  5. jk76 macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2016
    Under current Intel strategy, this transition is definitely going to happen first on the lower end. Benefits are biggest there, particularly for the new MacBook. Benefits for the higher end, especially quad-core CPUs are much smaller, and there's a real chance Kaby Lake is skipped entirely...

    Disclaimer: I have worked for Intel and its subsidiaries for several years in the past.
  6. Make Apple Great Again macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2016
    The last time Apple released a MBP in October they refreshed the specs the following summer in June/July at the WWDC...

    HOWEVER, the current MBP's are selling like hot cakes, and I think Apple likes milking every last cent of a current model before refreshing it... my bet is they stick to a yearly cycle, and wait till after the back to school promotion to upgrade to Kaby Lake... however the earliest point I see them potentially upgrading is at WWDC...

    They would anger a lot of people if they would update in 3/4 months, considering most people are still waiting for their orders.

    But like I said, if I was a betting man, I would say next September/October will be the best bet, as the Kaby Lake chips will be cheaper (As the following years models will be in production/getting released), and Apple loves those margins.
  7. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2011
    Oh goodness there's no reason to wait. The only thing of interest for that kind of stuff coming up in Kaby lake is some improvements to how it handles 4k video playback. But the current line is super fast and smooth for everything in Adobe CC (with the reported exception of Premiere – but just use FCPX, it's a much better program anyway). Logic is going to be suuuuper fast already because Apple makes it, and their hardware integration is impeccable on their own production apps.

    Processors aren't much of a draw anymore. They just get like 1-2% faster and 5-10% cooler every 18 months. The latest ones already run cool and quiet under load.
  8. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
  9. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
  10. Make Apple Great Again macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2016
    I think the big reason is battery life honestly... there is definitely improvements in kabylake vs skylake CPU's in terms of battery life... but overall, as someone who's been waiting over a year for the skylake computers, and being 99% sure they would come at WWDC 2016... No one really knows how Apple's team thinks...
  11. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Probably 2018. Apple can choose to update to Kaby Lake for some minor performance differences (but thats it), or wait another year until we get CPUs that can support LPDDR4.
  12. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Kaby Lake is basically almost a Skylake rebadge with some minor upgrades to the iGPU. Coffee Lake is another 14nm redo of skylake. In other words Intel is almost turning into the GPU manufactures with perennial rebadging of the same silicon process as they're basically stuck at 14nm. (AMD/Nvidia were stuck at 28nm from 2012-2016!) Even Cannonlake is only going to be low power versions that might find a home on the rMB and rMBP 13, but not the rMBP 15. Intel has the whole industry on standby as they're having a really hard time ramping up yields at 10nm.
  13. littlepud macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012

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