2017 MacBook Pro Specs Leaks; Is Apple Shifting Away From Intel’s Processors?

Feb 10, 2017 05:30 AM EST | Gerone Trish

The 2017 MacBook Pro specs have allegedly been unveiled. Apparently, the new MacOS 10.12.14 beta release has revealed the presence of Intel Kaby Lake CPU in the upcoming MacBook Pro lineup. In addition, reports are now circulating that Apple is now creating its own processors for its future Macs in lieu of Intel's processors.

The new lineup of 2017 MacBook Pros is reportedly carrying the improved Intel Kaby Lake chips. Each new model will sport a unique processor, different from the other model.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar will have the Intel Core i5-7260U 2.2GHz with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (15W), instead of the Intel Core i5-6360U 2.0 GHz with Intel Iris Graphics 540 (15W). In addition, the Intel Core i7-7660U 2.5GHz with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (15W) will replace the Intel Core i7-6660U 2.4 GHz with Intel Iris Graphics 540 (15W).

Whereas, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will have the Intel Core i5-7267U 3.1GHz with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 (28W), instead of the Intel Core i5-6267U 2.9 GHz with Intel Iris Graphics 550 (28W). The Intel Core i5-7287U 3.3GHz with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 (28W) will replace the Intel Core i5-6287U 3.1 GHz with Intel Iris Graphics 550 (28W), Pike's Universum reported via MacRumors.

Meanwhile, it seems that Apple Inc. is pursuing to become completely independent from Intel with regard to the processors being used for Macs. The company is currently developing a new processor that is said to replace Intel Corp. processors. Sources told Bloomberg that the new chip is allegedly planned to be used for the future Macs.

According to the sources, Apple has started developing the chip since last year and it carries the internal codename T310. The new chip actually has similarities with the chip inside the latest MacBook Pro which powers up the Touch Bar feature of the keyboards.

Apple fans may recall that the company has already begun using its own A-Series chips for iPads and iPhones for the past six years. The leaked report on the new processors for Mac laptops, including the MacBook Pro lineup is most likely possible too.

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