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2016 MacBook Pro Will Not Get A Kaby Lake Processor Upgrade

By Adie Pie , Aug 18, 2016 03:10 AM EDT
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One of the biggest specifications rumored to be surrounding the 2016 MacBook Pro is the inclusion of Intel's newest chip, the Kaby Lake Processor. But while the chip itself was present in the recently concluded Intel Developer Forum, there was no mention of its place in the upcoming Apple line.

Introducing The Kaby Lake Processor

According to Mac Rumors, the Kaby Lake Processor was showcased at the 2016 IDF by Intel's CEO, Brian Krzanich. The on-screen demo indicated that the seventh generation core was capable of editing 4K videos and using built-in graphics in order to play the popular game "Overwatch."

In order to prove the Kaby Lake Processor's power, Intel put an HP two-in-one laptop and a Dell XPS laptop onstage. The HP device was used to edit the 4K videos, while the Dell notebook was used to play the game without a hitch.

Why The 2016 MacBook Pro Will Not Sport The New Intel Chip

While Krzanich confirmed that the chip was already being shipped to different manufacturing partners, he did not share when the Apple-appropriate version of the chip would be released. Reportedly, Intel averagely launches a low-power 4.5W Y-series chips and 15W U-series chips first, both of which are not ideal for Apple hardware. Further, it is likely that the Kaby Lake chips that are meant for Apple products will not be released until 2017, or at least the end of 2016. Therefore, the 2016 MacBook Pro may not actually be powered by the new Intel chip.

2016 MacBook Pro - Other Specs

International Business Times does note that the 2016 MacBook Pro will come with an update to its ports in order to make the transfer of data easier for its users. To do this, the Cupertino-based company is reportedly looking into a Thunderbolt 3 and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.

The 2016 MacBook Pro is also expected to come in a lighter and thinner body than its predecessors. Further, it is estimated to have Touch ID support as well as a built-in OLED touch panel.

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