Why Waiting for Next Year’s MacBook Pro Might Be a Good Idea
If you’re thinking about getting Apple’s new MacBook Pro, a new report suggests waiting could be a better idea.
Apple could be planning to release a new MacBook Pro next year that not only comes with more memory, but would also be cheaper, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in an analyst note on Monday. The note, which was earlier obtained by Apple-tracking site 9to5Mac, said Apple (AAPL) could release a MacBook Pro in the second half of 2017 that comes with 32GB of memory. The analyst, who is often correct when analyzing Apple’s business, didn’t say how low the price could go.
Apple revealed its new MacBook Pro last week at a press event at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The computer comes with a new, slimmer design and improved performance. Most importantly, it’s the first Apple computer to feature the company’s Touch Bar, a touchscreen that sits above the keyboard and gives users more control over software. To the right of the Touch Bar is a new Touch ID fingerprint sensor for logging into the machine and making payments via Apple’s mobile-payment service Apple Pay.
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The new MacBook Pro, which is shipping later this month, comes in 13- and 15-inch flavors. The Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch model starts at $1,799, while the 15-inch option starts at $2,399.
As of this writing, initial supply of Apple’s MacBook Pro has been sold out, and customers who purchase online now will need to wait about a month to get the new computer.
However, the Kuo report suggests prospective customers might want to wait. Bringing 32 gigabytes of memory to the computer would double what customers will find out of the box on the 15-inch model. And although he didn’t say by how much the MacBook Pro’s price could be slashed, any discount is welcome.
Apple was criticized by some power users last week for not offering a 32-gigabyte memory option in the MacBook Pro. However, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said in an email to a customer last week that offering more memory would have hurt the computer’s battery life. It’s possible, then, that after a year more of innovation, memory could cause less of a drain on the MacBook Pro’s battery.
That said, the notoriously secretive company hasn’t shared plans for any future MacBook Pros, so the Kuo report should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt. It should also be noted that Apple usually likes to offer improved specs in its computers but keep pricing the same as each iteration is released. It’s unclear why it would change that tack now.
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Apple did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment.