Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro shipments expected to break last year's sales

The news may sound a bit surprising, especially when you consider that the new Apple MacBook Pro models come with a lot less and are priced a lot more than the previous models.

As opposed to what many may tell you, Apple is reportedly doing a lot better with its new MacBook Pro than many had expected. A report by Fudzilla cites supply chain sources which claim that Apple is on target to increase its MacBook and MacBook Pro shipments this year.

The news may sound a bit odd but supply chain sources say that Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro shipments have jumped to an estimated 15 million units this year, which is up from last year's 13.5 million units.

The news may sound a bit surprising, especially when you consider that the new MacBook Pro models come with a lot less and are priced a lot more than the previous models.

In fact, analyst Ming Chi Kuo said that Apple will soon launch a new lineup with the latest Intel Kaby Lake chips (7th gen) in the second half of this year since the competition already offers the new chipsets. This came after several reviewers online experienced inconsistent battery performance when running benchmark applications and tests. Add to this the inputs from Consumer Reports, which was initially not pleased and did not recommend the Apple laptops altogether. However, after working with Apple (and sorting out a few bugs) Consumer Reports changed its opinion on the new laptop from Apple.

The MacBook Pro models that were launched last year and are currently on sale, pack in Skylake chipsets (6th gen). It is also expected to pack in 16GB RAM and as per previous reports, will enter volume production in Q2 2017. Fans, however, should not expect any other changes in hardware.

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro in India starts at a hefty Rs 1,29,900 (without a Touch Bar), just 8GB RAM and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. The Touch Bar-happy 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at Rs 1,55,900 and gets you a 8GB RAM and 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Users craving for more RAM will have to move to the 15-inch model that gets you 16GB RAM but sticks to the 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports despite its bigger size.

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