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MacBook Pro 2017 ‘Redefined Pro’ Brings Kaby Lake, 64GB Of RAM; May Be Rebranded As PowerBook


The MacBook Pro 2017 will bring what Apple CEO Tim Cook has been saying about "redefining Pro" that may start with a more powerful and faster Kaby Lake processor and at the very least 64GB of RAM. The folks at Cupertino may be going for a radical redefine as the latest laptop may revert to the 1990s brand of PowerBook following the application of Apple legal director Thomas La Perle for its global trademark.

The Pro line is still important to Apple as Cook revealed in the latest internal employee network session so a more powerful, faster and innovative MacBook Pro 2017 may still be in the works for an October launch. The MacBook Pro 2016 was considered underpowered so a shift to Kaby Lake will give the laptop more power and speed, according to Droid Report. As a pro device, the laptop is also expected to have at least 64GB of RAM and not the measly 16GB in its current iteration. Other major spec bumps include a much improved Touch Bar, far from the glitchy low-in-utility feature that was launched in October last year.

The March 21 quiet updating of the Apple store snubbed the MacBook Pro with no new 2017 models to show or even hint at. Instead, there were only an upgraded iPhone 7 with a new red color option, iPhone SE with more storage, more Apple Watch straps and the new value 9.7-inch iPad. Expectations were high that the MacBook Pro 2017 may finally get a refresh after years of no major upgrades other than last year's Touch Bar. The newest feature was not fully embraced at launch in less than a year has improved its utility as more support is added like Office and Photoshop.

Moreover, MacBook Pro users can bank on the closest to an assurance they could get from Cupertino that the Pro will be continued and not scrapped as previously reported. However, it may be rebranded as the latest report says that Apple may opt to go back to the roots of its laptop products following a global trademark application for the moniker PowerBook, according to Mail Online. The said brand was the first name used by Apple for its laptops back in 1991 and may be reintroduced to the new generation of Apple users. Powerbook is a fitting label for a rebranded MacBook Pro 2017 combining the power of a desktop and the portability of a book for professionals on the go.

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