MacBook Pro To Finally Get RAM Upgrade In 2017
Generally speaking, the MacBook Pro was fairly well-received, but there were some complaints. One of the biggest issues that users had was the fact that the RAM maxed out at 16GB. That’s plenty for casual use, but a lot Mac users are in graphic design-related fields and they need more. There are rumors that Apple will be resolving this problem in 2017.
AppleInsider reports that 2017’s MacBook Pro will launch with 32GB of RAM. The report comes from industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. These rumors are just speculation, but he has been proven correct in the past.
Regarding the current MacBook Pro, Apple has said they limited the RAM due to concerns over battery life. In November of last year, Apple’s Phill Schiller said the 16GB MacBook Pro uses LPDDR memory with speeds up to 2133MHz. If more memory were to be supported, ie. 32GB, Apple would need to use DDR memory that does not consume a lot of power. This might also require a design change to the logic board, a change that might reduce space for batteries. This would affect battery life either way.
This recent report implies, that, instead of adding new features, Apple will be focusing on making hardware upgrades to the Macbook line. In addition to increased RAM, there are also rumors that the Pro will receive some sort of processor upgrade though there are currently no details regarding that.
The report also mentions that Apple is planning on releasing a 12-inch MacBook with 16GB of RAM. Those who use Macs for professional photo or video editing will likely prefer the 32GB, but 16GB is probably going to be plenty for more casual users.
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