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New MacBook Pro Can Only Be Upgraded to 16GB of RAM Due to Battery Life Concerns

New MacBook Pro Can Only Be Upgraded to 16GB of RAM Due to Battery Life Concerns

Posted October 28, 2016 at 9:56pm by iClarified · 15454 views
Apple SVP Phil Schiller says the new MacBook Pro maxes out at 16GB of RAM due to battery life concerns.

Following the MacBook Pro unveiling, many customers were surprised that Apple didn't offer a 32GB of RAM upgrade. MacRumors reader David emailed Apple for an explanation.

Question from David: The lack of a 32GB BTO option for the new MBPs raised some eyebrows and caused some concerns (me included). Does ~3GBps bandwidth to the SSD make this a moot issue? I.e. memory paging on a 16GB system is so fast that 32GB is not a significant improvement

Schiller's answer: Thank you for the email. It is a good question. To put more than 16GB of fast RAM into a notebook design at this time would require a memory system that consumes much more power and wouldn't be efficient enough for a notebook. I hope you check out this new generation MacBook Pro, it really is an incredible system.

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4Years to develop a notebook that can't have more than 16G ram...innovation and apple, we need a phd study to understand ?!?!?
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Cracker - October 29, 2016 at 7:43pm
Schiller's reply sidesteps the actual issue which is power and performance - not battery life. If battery life is, indeed, the main issue then they should have designed a method that uses less ram while the MacBook is unplugged and relying solely on battery power. Most power users (designers, animators, etc.) are using the MacBook plugged in at a workstation a significant percentage of the time. To have the MacBook Pro (it's the *PRO* for christ's sake!) designed in a way as to only be able to utilize 16gb of ram maximum is totally ridiculous and laughable. And no to anyone who says that the way the MacBook Pro is designed eliminates the need for more than 16gb - the most demanding tasks such as video editing require more - period. This is truly why many designers are now running Adobe software on different platforms - Apple's hardware and the inability to upgrade have become crippling.
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