Apple to unveil laptop with 32GB RAM? KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo spill the beans

KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's notes reveal that Apple will have 32GB of RAM in its high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro models in 2017

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo divulged important nuggets of information to investors about what breakthrough Apple has in store. The insight by the Kuo was then picked up by Appleinsider, which was lapped up by Appple loyalists across the world.


In recent update, AppleInsider said that it has managed to get hold of Kuo's note where he predicts that finally Apple will have 32GB of RAM in its high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro models in 2017 and 16GB of RAM in its 12-inch MacBook. According to Kuo, the firm will be forced to adopt desktop RAM due to the limitations of the current memory system designs.

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Apple had shied away from a higher RAM in the past as it felt that a memory controller which would drain down power so fast is not a good move. SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller defended the firms' stance this way: "To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life."

If the firm is planning such a move and if it wants make sure that the battery life performance doesn't take a beat it would have to opt for LPDDR4 or DDR4L. Right now, Intel Skylake CPUs used in Apple's MacBook Pro are only capable of 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 2133MHz.

Also according to Kuo, 12-inch MacBook will enter mass production in the second quarter with the same design aesthetic introduced in 2015. It will now have a 16GB memory option which is going to be a huge leap from the 8GB of RAM it had when it debuted.