The MacBook Pro may be getting a battery boost this year.
The electronics giant may assuage some of those concerns later this year, predicts KGI Securities analyst and Apple Nostradamus Ming-Chi Kuo.
This appears to be separate to a refreshment for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, which he said will start offering Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors
in the third quarter. In the second quarter, Kuo predicts, Apple will update its 12-inch MacBook
line with the new processors
, as well as a 16GB RAM option. (They currently offer 8GB.)
The new processors could potentially
address one criticism some had of the new MacBook Pros: their not-much-improved battery life
. The 32GB RAM MacBook, which Kuo said will be the “most significantly redesigned product this year,” is likely geared toward art professionals, who need RAM for video, audio and photo editing.
While Apple relies heavily on its iPhones for its revenue, Apple’s computers are the heart and origin of the company. Apple’s reputation is especially renowned among creative professionals, who are willing to pay the steep price for Macs and MacBooks but also expect Apple to keep up with the competition on the basics like battery life.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.