Home / News / Laptop News / New MacBook Pro 2017: Release date, price, specs, and news

New MacBook Pro 2017: Release date, price, specs, and news

by

Touchbar

New MacBook Pro 2017: All the release date, price, specs, and rumour news about Apple's next MacBook update.

Apple's big developer conference, WWDC 2017, has begun and its opening keynote has just finished. Amongst other things, we've had several new announcements including a MacBook Pro refresh.

Here's what we know so far:

MacBook Pro 2017 – What's changed

The big change here is the addition of Kaby Lake processors. That's Intel's 7th generation chipset and means the entire MacBook Pro line has received a significant bump in processing power, with new processor models from the more efficient generation of chips.

There’s also a new 13-inch MacBook Pro configuration, that comes sans Touch Bar but starts at the lower price of £1249/$1299. A lower-price MacBook Pro was something many people had been clamouring for, although it appears the only change that's been made to make this possible is halving the base model of storage to 128GB.

Our tables below show you what's new, with each model compared with its 2016 equivalent.

Model 2016 CPU 2017 CPU
13 non-touch 2-3.1GHz Core i5 2.3-3.6GHz Core i5
13 non-touch 2.4-3.4GHz Core i7 2.5-4GHz Core i5
13 Touch 2.9-3.3GHz Core i5 3.1-3.5GHz Core i5
13 Touch 3.1-3.5GHz Core i5 3.3-3.7GHz Core i5
13 Touch 3.3-3.6GHz Core i7 3.5-4GHz Core i7
15 Touch 2.6-3.5GHz quad-core Core i7 2.8-3.8GHz quad-core Core i7
15 Touch 2.7-3.6GHz quad-core Core i7 2.9-3.9GHz quad-core Core i7
15 Touch 2.9-3.8GHz quad-core Core i7 3.1-4.1Ghz quad-core Core i7

Model 2016 GPU 2017 GPU
13 non-touch Intel Iris 540 Intel Iris Plus 640
13 Touch Intel Iris 550 Intel Iris Plus 650
15 Touch Radeon Pro 450, 455 or 460 Radeon Pro 555 or 560

Model 2016 memory 2017 memory
13 non-touch 8-16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 8-16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
13 touch 8-16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 8-16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
15 touch 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3

Related: iOS 11

MacBook Pro 13 2016 2

There doesn't appear to have been a bump in memory, which initial reports suggested, and we're stuck on a maximum of 16GB for all the devices. But the base model now gets 2133MHz memory, where before it was limited to 1866MHz.

Other than that, not much has changed. Previous reports suggested we'd see a new in-house chip that would improve low-power performance when the device is sleeping, but Apple mentioned no such thing during the WWDC Keynote.

That means the new MacBook Pro 2017 comes with all the same specs as existing models, from the Retina displays, Touch Bars on more expensive models and plenty of Thunderbolt 3 support.

We'll add more as we learn more.

New MacBook Pro 2017 Price and Release Date

As mentioned, the new MacBook Pros are available right now and the prices have changed. The 13-inch model is starting at £1249/$1,299 and the 15-inch starting at £2349/$2399.

Stay tuned for all the latest from WWDC as TrustedReviews will be providing updates throughout the night.

Let us know what you want to see from the new MacBook Pros in the comments.

SoCal482

June 5, 2017, 6:39 pm

I'm pretty sure Apple users have been asking for more RAM for MBPs longer than 'since last year' - try 'forever'.

zofrex

June 5, 2017, 7:40 pm

Are you sure about that RAM bump for the Macbook Pro? :P

danwat1234

June 5, 2017, 8:10 pm

Wow ... . still only 16GB of RAM. Come on now.. Minor CPU speed bump as expected with Kaby Lake.

Steve VanAllen

June 5, 2017, 8:12 pm

I heard it's going to be 32GB RAM. *Update* - apple site confirmed only 16GB of the lower power DDR3 RAM.

Tim Edmonds

June 5, 2017, 8:13 pm

Still 16 gb RAM, Bye Bye Macbook Pro, Hello Dell XPS 15 and Linux.
They should rename it the Macboob Amateur.

Lucius

June 5, 2017, 8:15 pm

There better be a darn good reason why they can't include an option for 32GB of RAM.

Michael Passingham

June 5, 2017, 8:32 pm

Indeed, slight error as wires were crossed over the upgraded iMacs. Corrected now, and thanks!

jms

June 5, 2017, 10:01 pm

16gb in 2017... so much for being long on AAPL..

GORDON RAMSAY

June 5, 2017, 10:53 pm

Got my order in for my new 15" MBP, whee! A speed bump, but I'm upgrading from a mid-2015. Can't wait to get it.

GORDON RAMSAY

June 5, 2017, 10:54 pm

Ha ha, you have stock to sell? I'll take it! ;')

Oleg Lustenko

June 6, 2017, 12:08 pm

because that Kaby Lake processor isn't energy efficient enough to add more RAM.
With 32GB RAM laptop will spend much more energy and uptime will fall dramatically.
Intel will update processors in autumn, interest what Apple will doing with these

Ciprian Alexandru

June 6, 2017, 1:13 pm

I own a one month old MBP that was taken out of the box and activated exactly two weeks ago. Apple knew that they would give MBP a refresh with the Kaby Lake CPU and it would had been moral to make that clear to the public. Instead Apple for the reason of not loosing any sells on the new MBP decided to stay quiet like this is not even an issue. Remember this is not an usual upgrade cycle for MBP and I am sure that some buyers would have had waited for the new release if they knew their machine would become "previous model" a few months after purchase. As a result of this the value of your machine would go down at least a couple hundred dollars if you decide to sell; if you look at your MBP as an asset, and why not, you have incurred a loss. The bottom line is that this was a profitable strategic move for Apple @ the cost of its early adopters and I think they should do something about it.

Lucius

June 6, 2017, 3:50 pm

Would Apple come out with another model so soon after this latest one? Or more like 2018?

Luke Fisher

June 6, 2017, 5:20 pm

Think I'll wait for 2018 upgrade to 32GB RAM.. if it does happen.

Drew

June 6, 2017, 6:16 pm

Apple might have known, but it’s often not up to Apple when it comes to chipsets. Often, one manufacturer will buy exclusive access to have a chip release first for several months before all other competitors, and it turns into a bidding war to the highest bidder. With every chip release, just because it’s “out” doesn’t mean every hardware manufacturer is licensed to use it. Or it would be too expensive to purchase licensing straight away. Blame the chip companies, not the hardware manufacturers.

That said, Apple still knows when they’re getting access to the new line, and could have disclosed that. No arguments there.

Lucius

June 7, 2017, 3:16 pm

Personally, the difference between 16 and 32GB is not enough for me to change "ecosystem". For my purposes 16 GB will suffice though 32 would be nice for "future proofing" and super intense multitasking.

At the end of the day, I do photography editing, vector graphics, light 3D work, 1080p video editing, multimedia powepoint/keynote, with some gaming like F1 2016. Not to mention word processing, multi document editing and note taking for graduate school, which makes the size and weight of the 15" ideal. For those purposes 16GB works just fine.

If I were doing hardcore 4K video/sound editing, multiple 50 megapixel image manipulation in photoshop, 3D animation and internet...at the same time...then yeah, 32 might be needed. Or maybe if I needed three Virtual Machines running at the same time for developing.

Then again, if I WERE doing all that and really needed 32 GB RAM I'm pretty sure I'd be using a desktop and maybe going for 64GB RAM at that point with a 6 or 8GB GPU.

Obviously the MBP isn't for everyone, but I believe it strikes a good balance for me.

Lucius

June 7, 2017, 6:07 pm

It's all about the niche they're made for. At this point most people don't need 32GB of RAM on a laptop; if you do, congratulations, go buy a Lenovo workhorse, I hear they're awesome. And the argument that "professionals" MUST have at least 32GB of RAM or they don't qualify as professional is plain absurd. There's a lot of types of professionals out there.

16GB of RAM on a laptop with that footprint, weight, portability, SSD speed, USB-C transfer speeds, GPU (which is not terrible by any means unless you're just out for hyperbole), that can be used with an external GPU via USB-C and 5K displays...is nothing to sneeze at. Now if you wanna have a d*** measuring contest, that's another story.

jms

June 7, 2017, 6:17 pm

Stop. Whatever you do for a living, it clearly doesnt require multiple VMs and Java apps running at the same time. So have a great time browsing IG with vim running in a console, god bless you and your life, but every systems / security admin I know is running multiple VMs and Java apps at the same time and for the better part of 2 years, we've been migrating to more robust hardware because of it. And that's a huge problem for those of us who wish to remain on OSX.

Lucius

June 7, 2017, 6:59 pm

No I get why it's a huge problem for you, but clearly Apple must have had a reason for not including 32GB of RAM as an option for their hardware and I bet those reasons had very much to do with profit and the limitations of the technology they're currently using. Do you really think that Apple is going to suffer financially because they're not addressing people's need for 32GB of RAM?

jms

June 7, 2017, 7:08 pm

I think that if Apple wasnt going to follow through on its numerous public commitments to upgrade RAM, thats news a lot of us could have used earlier. I also think turning what was once the best-in-slot laptop into a disposable and underpowered gimmick shows exactly how badly Apple has misjudged the roots of consumer faith in what was once both an expensive and totally essential tool. I'm now hearing rumors that they are going to come out with a 32gb model in 3 months, btw, but at this point I think they would say anything to keep their cult of core evangelists faithful.

Lucius

June 7, 2017, 7:43 pm

Power and "professional" users (whatever that means) made the Mac trendy and fashionable and now Apple is milking that brand loyalty and appeal for all its worth by addressing a different user niche. Is it a sustainable practice? Not really, but in the short run it's very profitable and I'm sure they've got themselves covered in other ways for the future.

Honestly though, "disposable and underpowered gimmick" is a bit dramatic. It's non-upgradable for a reason (whether that reason is worth it to you or not is subjective), it's plenty powerful enough for many users and the reason why you think its disposable and underpowered is because it wasn't made with *your* specific needs in mind. I'm sorry that you're not one of those users but for many, the balance they achieved in power, portability, functionality and style makes it a very solid computer. I doubt you're gonna just up and stop using Apple products altogether anyways (or maybe you will). You'll just start using something else for the things that need it, like you said.

Where have you heard rumors of a 32GB model coming in three months? And when did Apple make public commitments to specifically upgrade RAM?

jms

June 7, 2017, 8:21 pm

Go to bed Tim Cook, you're drunk.

jms

June 7, 2017, 8:41 pm

The only thing more offensive than the RAM issue are the Fedora flavored fan boys defending it.

Lucius

June 7, 2017, 9:01 pm

Dog-nabbit! You found me out! Sorry friend, I don't have time to get drunk; I'm too busy making millions. Also, it's only 2 PM in California.

jms

June 7, 2017, 9:02 pm

It's wine oclock somewhere... I hope...

comments powered by Disqus