Do you think the New MacBook Pro will have up to 32GB RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wozmatic, Aug 24, 2016.

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How much RAM will the New MacBook Pro have?

  1. 16GB

    18 vote(s)
    27.7%
  2. 32GB

    28 vote(s)
    43.1%
  3. User expandable up to 32GB

    19 vote(s)
    29.2%
  1. wozmatic macrumors 6502

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    It almost makes so much sense to have the option of up to 32GB RAM that it wouldn't make sense to only offer up to 16GB

    The Dell XPS 15 is the direct competition and it offers 32GB, and user expandable at that!

    16GB would be ok with me but would it ever be great to have 32GB or at least the option do it yourself
     
  2. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    I would be surprised if the new MBP would not have up to 32GB. The max of 16GB has been there (unofficially) since something like 2011 or so, if my memory serves me right.
     
  3. Spudlicious macrumors 6502

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    It could have, or it might not have. No chance of user expandable.
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    They could easily throw 32GB RAM in; the CPU would definitely support that. Even my 2012 15" cMBP's CPU can address up to 32GB RAM. However it can only address a maximum of 8GB per slot, so as I've only got 2 RAM slots, I'm stuck at 16GB :(
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I think they may, but Apple does have a history of undersizing the ram (heck, I remember seeing complaints about ram on the G4 cube), so while it may make sense, there's no guarantee. As others stated, if its there, the ram will be soldered onto the logic board.
     
  6. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    I doubt it. There are few users that would be willing to buy a 32 GB upgrade and making each variants costs a considerable amount. I suspect it just would not make economic sense.
     
  7. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    Apple already has some pricey upgrades. Just look at the 1TB SSD option for the top-of-the-line iMac. It is an extra $700. So I do not think that would stop them. I have already run out of memory on my iMac with 20GB RAM a few times using the Adobe Suite, so I would be interested in having more than the 16GB RAM currently offered. And I am certain that I am not the only one.
     
  8. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    How are you defining "running out of memory"?
     
  9. xmonkey macrumors 6502a

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    I believe it will definitely have a 32GB BTO option. No way Apple misses out on a serious upcharge potential for those who want more RAM.
     
  10. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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  11. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    Since Apple labels it as a Pro, it better have a 32 GB option!!
     
  12. argentum47 macrumors regular

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    I'd never run something as heavy that'd need 32 GB RAM on a laptop, but many people like having larger numbers for the satisfaction (and of course, there are also a small fraction of pro users who actually need it).

    Which means it's some large amount of low hanging $$ to be raked by Apple, which they seem to like a lot recently. Given the low $/GB recently and how easy it is for Apple to implement, I'd very much expect a 32 GB option.
     
  13. wegster macrumors 6502

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    So...I doubt it will be standard, but expect/hope it will be a CTO option, and not too extravagantly butt-raping prices.
    Right now, I'm good w/16GB RAM but could use faster than my SATA SSD, and could leverage the extra RAM > 16GB to run more VMs.

    I intend to keep the next MBP for at least 3, more likely 4+ years. Consider phone storage and phone/tablet CPU speeds and onboard RAM and storage and their trend over the past 4 years, as well as the relatively software size and RAM requirements as we move into 4K video editing, larger and larger DSLR and camera sensors, etc...all of this can move the bar from 'more than or enough today' to 'wow, I need more RAM to get 'basic' things done' fairly quickly.

    Like someone mentioned, Apple doesn't shy away from a nice customer butt-raping on RAM and SSD 'upgrade' pricing, so I'm expecting them to likely allow for 4x soldered modules onboard, reducing their cost to provide 16GB or 32GB while keeping those Apple profit margins up.

    Honestly, I'm not sure what I'll be doing if they do not offer a 32GB RAM option, as we can pretty much say it's unlikely to be user-upgradeable.. I guess at that point I pass on the new model, upgrade my 2011MBP SSD to a 1TB Samsung, and wait to see what Kaby Lake models bring in a year or so.
     
  14. leman macrumors G3

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  15. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    I'm fully expecting a 32 GB upgrade to come without any lube, I just hope its not too severe. If it is too outlandish or they don't offer a 32 GB option, then I will be forced to wait it out too and continue using what I have for another cycle or two. I can't justify spending over $3,500 on a laptop that doesn't come with the specs to carry me through at least the next 3 years. When I'm out in the field, I have to efficiently edit full-frame 35mm 4K video at 60 fps while simultaneously editing 70 megabyte images at a high rate of speed. I sure hope Apple's new MacBook Pro delivers the goods.
     
  16. wegster macrumors 6502

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    I'm with ya - my bolding above is exactly my point as well.
    If Apple's going to forcefully remove the ability to extend useful life via user-upgradeable bits (RAM, storage (easily/at competitive prices, anyways)), then that $3k or more had damned well be 'good enough' for 4-5 years. I can 'afford' it, and working in tech I certainly love new shiny tech as much or more than the next guy, but that doesn't mean I can justify it or that I even want to try to.

    Fingers crossed.. :)
     
  17. Count Blah macrumors 68040

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    If Apple can make 300+% margins on price gauging, they sure as heck are going to try.
     
  18. Starlock macrumors member

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    They need to go much HIGHER! 16gb is nonsense, 32gb is the bare minimum, 64gb is frankly needed, and 128gb would be ideal. If it's not user upgradable and they want these to be PRO machines, then they SHOULD offer us the ability to upgrade at time of purchase. A lot of you will think the above is overkill, but I can guarantee you I'd be using all of it if I had the chance. But I doubt we'll see more than 32gb :(
     
  19. leman macrumors G3

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    I have a machine with 4TB RAM at work. I'm set for the next few years :p
     
  20. redheeler macrumors 604

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    32 GB will most likely be the high-end option. I doubt it'll remain at 16 GB or jump to 64 GB.
     
  21. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    I'm positive that 64 GB of RAM will not be an option in the upcoming MBP. That's not even in the running...
     
  22. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The "Pro" on the MBP is more of a marketing thing than a description of the machine itself. I don't think Apple has ever intended for it to be a high end portable. They will probably have a 32GB option but not more.
     
  23. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    Maybe you should look into a Mac Pro.
     
  24. Starlock macrumors member

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  25. leman macrumors G3

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    If you need a mobile workstation, then buy a mobile workstation. Apple never made one. No idea why you'd expect them to make one now.
     

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