Apple’s next MacBooks will have Kaby Lake processor, more RAM: analyst predicts

Apple's new MacBooks will come equipped with Intel's powerful Kaby Lake processors as well as offer more RAM in the fifteen-inch model, a well-known Apple analyst said in a newly issued note.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities in Taiwan, said in the note that Apple would upgrade this year's MacBooks with the Kaby Lake processors and 32 gigabytes of RAM.

According to the note, the 15-inch MacBook will undergo mass production in the last quarter of this year, with an aim to target high-end users. However, it is still unclear whether this model would fall into the "Pro" lineup or would have simply the "MacBook" classification.

In November, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said, "The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2133MHz. To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life."

Kuo also predicted that new 12-inch and 13-inch MacBooks would undergo mass production in the second and third quarters of this year.

Intel's Kaby Lake processor is the latest revamp in the renowned chipmaker's Core family of processors. The available, latest MacBook Pros run on Intel's 2015 Skylake processors.