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No Red Color Option MacBook Pro 2017, October Release Anticipated; Refurbished Models With Touch Bar On Sale


When Apple closed down its Apple store to make way for some cool changes, many hoped to hear a MacBook Pro 2017 announcement, but there was none not even a single clue even if it was just a red color option. Apple has been accused of favoring its iOS devices, but users are still hoping that the latest model of the MacBook Pro would be announced in Apple's October event at the latest.

Tim Cook already expressed that the Pro line is important to the company even if there was no direct reference to a MacBook Pro refresh. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo fueled hopes further when he revealed that Apple may be mass producing the latest MacBook Pro 2017 by the second half of 2017 for an October unveiling with shipments to commence soon after. The latest reports now say that a 32GB of RAM model will enter into production by the fourth quarter of the year so logically it can only be released by 2018. If there was a major upgrade for the MacBook Pro 2017, it will have to be the storage increasing the meager 16GB to 32GB at the very least for it to be a true productivity machine, but this will have to wait for next year, according to MacWorld.

What is most anticipated about the MacBook Pro 2017 other than its release date is its processor upgrade. It will most likely sport the Intel Kaby Lake processors in order to increase its RAM to 32GB. It is unlikely that it will go for AMD Ryzen since this requires a rewrite of the operating system. Instead, Apple may rely heavily on its own chips like the one used to power the MacBook Pro 2016's Touch Bar but this time with more tasks particularly the low-powered ones. In doing so, the new MacBook Pro will have a longer battery life than its predecessor.

Apple is expected to announce the MacBook Pro 2107 at the latest during the October event, a year after the MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar model was unveiled. The nifty Touch Bar then received differing reviews when launched but the professionals have adapted to it especially after it widened its functionality now with Microsoft Office support. The Touch Bar started with just Apple apps, now it even supports Spotify and Photoshop. In fact, observers say that the Touch Bar may receive substantial updates, but it will be the closest to a touchscreen capability that will be seen in the MacBook Pro despite requests to make the entire screen pressure-sensitive.

Meanwhile, Apple will now be selling refurbished MacBook Pro 2016 models with Touch Bar and giving buyers savings by as much as $360 to $650. Previously, only two configurations were made available on the refurbished MacBook Pro 2016 without Touch Bar. Now, Apple is offering 10 different configurations that allow users to experience the magic of the Touch Bar for reduced prices ranging from $2,039 to $3,649, according to 9to5mac. Incidentally, the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar at launch starts at $2,399.

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