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2018 Macbook Pro Lineup

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What I would like to see apple do.

Across the board:

Improved camera for low light performance.

HDR display.

Improved cooling performance.

Improved battery.

Improved keyboard that is resistant to a speck of dust.

Stereo microphones, left and right.

Thin and light should not be a priority of 'PRO' models.

MacBook Pro 13

Config 1

CPU: Intel i5 Quad-Core, i5 8250U

GPU: Integrated

Ram: 16GB

Storage: 256GB

ThunderBolt: 4x

Config 2

CPU: Intel i7 Quad-Core, i7 8705G

GPU: Dedicated, AMD Vega M GL 4GB VRAM

Ram: 16GB

Storage: 512GB

ThunderBolt: 4x

CPU and GPU in this config might have to be under clocked to stay within 65W system power requirement. Probably unlikely.

MacBook Pro 15

Config 1

CPU: Intel i7 Quad-Core, i7 8706G

GPU: Dedicated, AMD Vega M GL 4GB VRAM

Ram: 32GB (Now possible as VRAM is integrated into CPU dye and its space can be used for DDR4?)

Storage: 512GB

ThunderBolt: 4x

Config 2

CPU: Intel i7 Quad-Core, i7 8709G

GPU: Dedicated, AMD Vega M GH 4GB VRAM (should be 8GB but HBM2 is expensive and intel didn't release it)

Ram: 32GB (Now possible as VRAM is integrated into CPU dye and its space can be used for DDR4?)

Storage: 1TB

ThunderBolt: 4x

Config 3

CPU: Intel i7 Quad-Core, i7 8709G

GPU: Dedicated, AMD Vega M GH 4GB VRAM (should be 8GB but HBM2 is expensive and intel didn't release it)

Ram: 32GB (Now possible as VRAM is integrated into CPU dye and its space can be used for DDR4?)

Storage: 2TB

ThunderBolt: 4x

What would you like to see?

UPDATE:

There have been some confusion about the above proposed hardware configs.

Firstly, the config 2 for MacBook Pro 13 is a hope but as I said probably unlikely due to thermals of current model are designed for 35W TDP and G series chip has minimum 65W requirement.

Secondly for MacBook Pro 15, the current model has 42mmx28mm for CPU, 4x 14mmx12mm for 16GB LPDDR3, Radeon GPU 27mmx27mm and 4GB GDDR5 4x 14mmx12mm. Total area of 3250mm^2.

If apple uses G series chips which are 31mmx58mm which will incorporate a GPU dye and VRAM, which means if they are to use 8x current ram chips, total area used is 3142mm^2. Therefore it would be physically possible to offer the 32GB option. It was not available before because the max LPDDR3 density available is 32Gb per chip and if they were to use 8x LPDDR3 chips, it would shrink the battery size as logic board would be bigger and hence reduce battery life.

 
Date: Jan 11, 2018   


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