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15-inch MacBook Pro Shipping Estimates Slip

Theresa Hayes | 01 June, 2017, 01:45

Apple might have a MacBook Pro refresh on its agenda for the WWDC conference.

MicrosoftPromotional image for the new Surface Pro.

However, Microsoft surprised everyone last week with the launch of its new Surface Pro. A brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, along with updates for the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook are reportedly coming, too.

Combined with rumors of a quick 2017 MacBook Pro release date, this looks like we should see Apple take the first steps towards catering to professional users with a new Kaby Lake processor in the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Consumers can choose among the 7th generation Intel Core m3, i5 and i7 when purchasing the new Surface Pro while Apple offers the 6th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 on its cuurrent MacBook Pro 13-inch device.

MacBook Pro 2017 is also expected to come with 16GB of RAM, an updated Apple Pencil stylus, a sleeker and thinner design, Retina 2.0 display and improved battery life.

Apple doesn't notify its customers about the vintage or obsolete status of their products, but a publicly available document will give all the information on which devices are no longer supported by Apple. It's definitely close to the time to wait for a 2017 MacBook Pro before you upgrade.

Expect a 2017 MacBook Pro with the same design, potentially a new color or two, and mostly under the hood updates.

Apple clearly wants customers to think of the 13-inch MacBook Pro as the true successor to the MacBook Air, which has nearly reached the end of its lifecycle. "The company is also considering updating the aging 12in MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple's cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said".

As for the storage area, both products have solid-state drives with options from 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.

'It will be positioned as a more premium product than the Echo ... with a higher price tag to match, the site says.

Secondly, the new specs - although impressive - do not necessarily warrant an upgrade. With that in mind, we could have new 12-inch MacBooks in our hands before the end of June and well in time for back-to-school season.