Apple will do more than just refresh some of the models in its laptop line-up this year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, the respected financial analyst at KGI Securities.
According to Kuo, the flagship 15-inch MacBook will be designed from the ground-up, rather than simply refreshed with new parts, and will come bearing 32 gigabytes of memory, reversing Apple's policy in recent years of being positively stingy with the amount of memory its computing devices come with.
The 15-inch MacBook, which will go into production in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is, therefore, still almost a year away. It will be "the most significantly redesigned product this year", claims Kuo and is intended as a high-end device that is relatively future-proofed and which is designed with high-end users in mind.
Apple is also planning to adopt microprocessors in Intel's Kaby Lake range for its laptops, following the release of the 14nm CPU at the end of 2016. Kaby Lake parts are intended to be powerful, yet more power efficient.
But anyone looking to buy a 13-inch Apple MacBook Air this year might be advised to wait, as Kuo expects the company to discount the models as it looks to replace it with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, featuring the Touch Bar.