The start of the year means refreshed products from Apple, specifically the MacBook lineup. According to forecasts, the 2016 MacBook lineup will most likely feature the Skylake processor, but more importantly, the lineup has been linked to PC growth amid sluggish outlook for global shipments.
Apple updated its MacBook Pro lineup early last year so most are expecting the company to do the same this year. According to Gotta Be Mobile, even with information limited, the 2016 MacBook Pro should likely see an upgrade to Intel’s 6th-generation Skylake processors – a bump up from the present 5th-generation Broadwell chips used in the 13-inch MacBook.
However, consumers should not keep their hopes up because Skylake processors do not have considerable advantage over Broadwell chips. Instead, people can expect enhancements like better battery life and improved efficiency. It is also likely that Apple will upgrade the processing speed of the 2016 MacBook.
That is, increasing the speed to 2.8GHz or 2.9GHz in the entry-level MacBook Pro as opposed to the current 2.7GHz speed in the entry-level processor in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. As for the RAM offerings, they should stay the same unless Apple claims otherwise. Apple has not provided official details of the device.
Nonetheless, even with limited details, things are looking for Apple’s MacBook line as a recent analysis from Gartner Inc. suggests that the laptop line can help foster global PC growth. Global PC shipments have been bleak but Gartner predicts double-digit growth for products like the MacBook Air. Expectations put PC shipments growth by as much as 4 percent in 2017. This is mostly thanks to the increasing popularity of slim and light “Ultramobile” PC components like Microsoft Windows 8 Intel X6 and MacBook Air products.
Furthermore, Gartner Research Director Ranji Atwal thinks the Ultramobile premium devices will also gain wider enterprise reach thanks to Intel’s 6th generation Skylake processors and Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 operating system.