Why The 2017 MacBook Pro Is Worth Waiting For, And Why The 2016 MacBook Pro Is A Terrible Buy Today [Opinion]

There is no denying that the 2016 MacBook Pro series is a beautiful line of hardware. The laptops themselves are sleek and attractive, and their build quality is just stunning. While the machines were a treat to the eyes, however, they were not so stunning regarding the hardware they offered and the price they commanded. Now, with rumors stating that Apple is gearing up for a June release of a revamped line of MacBooks, it appears that those thinking of purchasing a MacBook Pro would be better off waiting for the 2017 devices to be rolled out.

The 2016 MacBook Pros are not weak devices by any means. Equipped with Intel’s 6th-generation Skylake processors, the MBP 2016 series performed adequately for most users. Unfortunately, the devices were quite horrible regarding upgradability, as everything, including the RAM chips of the laptops, were impossible to upgrade. Thus, despite the 2016 MacBook Pro series’ tricks such as the Touch Bar, the machines have not really become as revolutionary as they could have been.

This is where the 2017 MacBook Pro comes in. Predictions about the 2017 laptops have long dominated the rumor mill, with speculations pointing to a possible processor and memory upgrade for the upcoming professional-grade machines. According to persistent rumors about the device, the MacBook Pro 2017 would finally be equipped with the best processors available in the market right now, Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake chips, according to a TechRadar report. Apart from this, the memory of the machines is also rumored to be set for an upgrade, with the entry-level variants being fitted with 16GB of RAM across the board and the top-tier models being equipped with a hefty 32GB of RAM.

These are all speculations, of course, but considering Apple’s upgrade cycles and conventions, these rumors do make sense. For one, there is little doubt that Apple would release a follow-up to last year’s devices, considering how polarizing the machines proved to be. The fact that the 2016 MBP series launched with outdated Intel chips practically made them halfway obsolete as they hit the market. Couple that with upgrade restrictions and a notable reliance on dongles, and the 2016 MacBook Pro series became known as devices that are flawed and full of compromises.

These flaws, of course, could be addressed by Apple this year. With the upcoming release of the MacBook Pro 2017, Apple would have the chance to ensure that its professional-grade laptops could really be worthy of its moniker. If Apple could balance out and refine the MacBook Pro series this year, the Cupertino-based tech giant would definitely have a much more competitive machine on its hands.

The 2017 MacBook Pro would definitely not be a radical upgrade over the 2016 iteration of the powerful laptop. If Apple’s reputation and conventional refresh cycles are any indication, there is a good chance that the Cupertino-based tech giant would equip the 2017 MacBook Pro with upgrades under the hood, similar to what it did for the 12-inch MacBook when it was upgraded last year.

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While the upgrades to the 2017 MacBook Pro would most probably not be visible on the surface, the updates that Apple would equip the device with would definitely make it a worthy purchase. If any, the incremental updates to the device, even if it only came in the form of a Kaby Lake and 16GB RAM upgrade, would go a long way in establishing the current generation of MacBooks as serious productivity machines. This, of course, also means that consumers who are looking to purchase a new Apple laptop would wise to wait for the release of the revamped machines before buying one, even if the 2016 devices are already getting price cuts in numerous online stores.

The 2017 MacBook Pro series is speculated to be released this coming June during Apple’s WWDC. Pricing for the updated devices has neither been leaked nor officially revealed, though speculations are high that the upcoming machines would be priced similarly to their predecessors.

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