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Mar 02, 2017 11:49 AM EST

MacBook Pro 2017: Apple to Consider Using AMD Ryzen instead of ARM-Based Processor


There's been opinion debate on MacBook Pro 2017 innards. New report suggests that Apple might consider the latest chip from AMD instead of Kaby Lake or ARM-based processor.

First, let's list the MacBook Pro 2017 specs rumors!

1. Fans expect MacBook Pro 2017 with huge RAM

It may be difficult for Apple to ignore user complains on the current MacBook Pro series. It has a fairly low RAM that somehow, professional users are restricted to get the most functionality out of it.

This time, Apple may give in to fans' demands by bringing a larger random access memory to Macbook's next generation.

2. MacBook Pro 2017 to be more creative

It's always interesting to reveal Apple's intention for its MacBook Pro lineup from Tim Cook's point of view. During a session at Apple annual shareholder meeting, Cook explained that the company will 'do more in the pro area'. The CEO spilled a few hints specifically on the MacBook Pro 2017 - stating that creative area is very important, BGR reported.

While it's still uncertain, it is safe to assume that the faithful will see a major MacBook Pro revamp this year, as claimed by KGI security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

3. Different mass production schedules

Kuo said that the new 12-inch MacBook mass production will start sometime in Q2 2017 whereas the 15-inch model will get a Q4 schedule. That being the case, Apple is expected to differentiate both variants based on the size and more importantly, the processor.

Will Apple switch to AMD to supply processor chip for the upcoming MacBook Pro?

A major overhaul might mean upgrading the notebook's specs up to a point where it is much faster with more muscles in the computing system.

With a Q4 timeframe, AMD Ryzen 7 1800X will be the perfect fit for MacBook Pro 2017. If Apple is said to bring big changes to the notebook, then the configurations seem to make more sense, PC Advisor reported. To put into perspective, Ryzen 7 1700 sports 8 cores and it's able to power iMac 5K variant.

Apple could consider AMD Ryzen 7 to power MacBook Pro 2017

The media outlet went on to say that an ARM-based chip will require Apple to change the microprocessor architecture. Thus, instead of being just an efficient machine, Apple will most likely to maximize MacBook Pro performance with the latest powerful chipset.

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