MacBook Pro RAM Limitation Again Defended by Phil Schiller – Here’s What He Said This Time

Omar Sohail
Posted Nov 22, 2016
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Lack of compatible ports, upgradability and repairability are all ingredients that the new MacBook Pro series of notebooks will not fit well with the purchase of several consumers. One of the things that really spoiled their mood was that in addition to not featuring an SD card, the latest family of notebooks are also limited to 16GB of RAM, and like always, Phil Schiller has been forced to come to the rescue of Apple once more in justifying the approach the tech giant took in limiting the total amount of memory to just 16 gigs.

Schiller Claims Upgrading RAM to 32GB on a MacBook Pro Would Compromise Its Design, Not to Mention Degrade the Notebook’s Core Feature: Battery Life

An article was published by Ben Slaney that explained Apple’s decision to use speedy and efficient LPDDR3 memory, of which Intel’s latest processors can handle up to 16GB. Phil Schiller later decided to provide his own insights on why the decision was taken by Apple.

“The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2133MHz. To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life.”

The response clarified an error in Slaney’s attempt to explain why MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models maxed out at 16GB of RAM, which claimed the LPDDR3E specification tops out at 1866MHz. It was been noted that the Skylake processors present in the latest Macbook Pro family only support up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 2133MHz. While there are products that can accommodate more than 16GB of RAM, those chipsets rely on the less efficient DDR4 RAM sticks. Naturally, LPDDR4 memory will be appearing in the near future, and will most likely be incorporated inside the next MacBook Pro, making it highly possible for these to accommodate up to 32GB of RAM.

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Not everything has been reviewed in a negative aspect about Apple. The earliest review of the machine claimed that it can outperform Windows-powered products out there, not to mention that it’s Touch Bar is also able to render DOOM. However, the lack of RAM or storage upgradability is definitely a cause of concern for consumers because if the logic board fails, then so will the data present in the PCIe-based SSD.

What did you think of the latest statement from Phil Schiller? Tell us your thoughts right away.

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