And that includes in the RAM department. Many people waiting for new MacBook Pro models were left disappointed when it was revealed that the new portable devices would top out at 16GB of RAM, especially for machines that are geared towards professionals. That included one MacRumors reader, David, who emailed Apple to question the move, and to find out why it was done.
Phil Schiller responded to the email, and said that, basically, including anything more than 16GB of RAM would make battery life suffer:
“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.”
The new MacBook Pro lineup offers 10 hours of battery life, which, in most cases, is easily enough to get through a day for most users. However, impacting that just to put more RAM in the machine is obviously not something Apple wanted to do.
If you were someone who was wondering why 32GB of RAM wasn’t an option for the new MacBook Pro lineup, are you okay with getting more battery life as a result of it not being there?