Why Didn't Apple wait for Intel's new Top of the Line Processors for the MacBook Pro?
There's nothing worse than waiting to buy a new tech toy and when you do very shortly thereafter a new processor or new feature comes to market and you curse for not waiting just a little longer. Yes that's progress, to a point that is. The thing is however that Apple knew that Intel was going to release new higher end notebook processors at CES in early January. One of the complaints from Mac Pro users was that Apple chose to power the new MacBook Pro with Intel's year-old Skylake instead of the newer Kaby Lake. Considering so many waited so long to upgrade, it's got to really sting that the MacBook Pro is going to be way behind the power curve when it didn't need to be.
A new report surfacing today notes that following the launches of its Y and U series 14nm Kaby Lake processors at the end of August, targeting ultra-thin notebooks and 2-in-1 devices, Intel is ready to unveil its H series Kaby Lake CPUs for both high-performance and gaming notebooks as well as several desktop processors and 200 series chipsets for CES 2017 in January.
The report further noted that Nvidia is also ready to announce its entry-level GeForce GTX 1050 GPU for notebooks. Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU-equipped notebooks are currently enjoying strong demand from China and Southeast Asia and the release of the GTX 1050 is expected to further increase sales.
Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Lenovo are all planning to showcase their latest high-end notebooks using Intel's new processors and Nvidia's new GPUs at CES 2017.
Even though many reviewers of the MacBook Pro were ho-hum about it at best, the pent up demand for the new MacBook Pro was so high that Apple fans ran to get their hands on it. And they're likely to love the MacBook Pro with its new Touch Bar. But for Pros who were already unhappy about the new notebook, today's news is just one more reason for them to complain about and justifyingly so.
On the flip side, the good news is that new desktop processors will be announced on schedule at CES and hopefully that will mean that the other updated Macs in 2017 will include the most up-to-date processors available, including the iMac.
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