The analyst notes that Apple typically prices major upgrades higher in their launch year "before undergoing price cuts in the following year".
Additionally, Kuo expects the new MacBook Pros to gain support for 32GB of RAM as long as Intel launches its Cannonlake processors on time.
The new MacBook to be launched in 2H17 may support 32GB DRAM, eventually attracting more core users; this depends on whether or not Intel ships Cannonlake CPU on time in 2017, which features 15-25% less power consumption of LPDDR 4, versus the existing LPDDR 3. If Cannonlake doesn’t enter mass production as expected, the new models launched in 2H17 will adopt Coffee Lake, which continues to adopt LPDDR 3, and maximum DRAM support will also remain unchanged at 16GB.
Power users have expressed disappointment in Apple's decision to cap RAM at 16GB for this year's model. Apple SVP Phil Schiller says the new MacBook Pro maxes out at 16GB of RAM due to battery life concerns.
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