How do you feel about Apple offering MacBook Airs with only 8 GB as Max Ram?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Retina MacBook, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Retina MacBook macrumors regular

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    Do you feel worried that Apple only offered 8 GB RAM as Max knowing that in 2-4 years, 16 GB will be standard?
     
  2. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    2-4 years: when we'll cross that bridge...
    8GB is more than enought on a MBA... any requirements above that points you to a higher power (rMBP)
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    4 gb was a bit of a push, I always thought 8 GB would be perfect.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I get by very well with 4 GB, even running VMware, but would prefer 8 GB on my MBA
    It will be a while before I would feel the need for 16 GB
     
  5. Retina MacBook thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess you aren't worried because you're just using the air for some light applications. I'm worried because I'll be using it for adobe master collection, final cut and aperture.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Then you probably should be using a MBP anyway IMO
     
  7. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

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    I'm fine with 8Gb for a computer like the Mac Book Air (on a Macbook Pro I can see more need for it), though 4Gb would definitely not be enough for me. In fact the 4Gb RAM limit on pre-mid-2012 MBAs was one of the reasons I held off buying one (that, and I wanted USB 3.0 support in my next laptop purchase)
     
  8. Retina MacBook thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope. The MBP isn't thin enough. The top priority of my computer will always be the looks. That's what made me switch to Mac in the first place.
     
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    For the apps you're using I don't find the MB Air to be a suitable machine for you. I used my Air for light apps as well (photoshop being the heaviest) and while I tried Aperture, I use(d) my MacPro for the heavy lifting.

    The MBP is absolutely the machine for you.
     
  10. SoIsays macrumors regular

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    I find it outrageous we can't have 16gb. It's racist to mba's to be held down just because they're labeled as small laptops. Equality for all laptops!
     
  11. Retina MacBook thread starter macrumors regular

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    I feel it too. But I am not blaming anyone just yet. It's probably a technical limitation. I don't see a reason why Apple wouldn't want to add 16 GB. It could totally give them huge profits.
     
  12. peteypab2133 macrumors newbie

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    +1
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I find your use of the word racist to be outrageous.
     
  14. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

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    I think 8 GB is fine... of course, in theory 16 GB would be better, but by the time you end up utilizing so much ram, the poor i5 and i7 CPUs would most likely already be spitting their lungs out trying to run all the stuff you have open.

    Currently it's quite well balanced...
     
  15. SoIsays macrumors regular

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    I want you to march with me declaring equality for laptops, women's rights, and racial harmony. We must overcome.
     
  16. jmgregory1 macrumors 65816

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    I've never been held back by 4gb on my '11 air.
     
  17. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    Well there you have it. MBAs are for thinness and portability, MBPs for power. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

    As far as 8GB goes, that's pretty solid in my opinion. I'm a developer and get by fine with 4GB on my 5 year old MBP.
     
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    People were complaining that 4 GB was not enough and they wanted 8. Now that 8 is available, we are concerned that it should be 16? 8 GB is enough for such a tiny and portable package
     
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    I'm joining your (harmonial) fight for a better world!
     
  21. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Would be nice if it could hold 16, but i'm fine with 8. Not sure if there is a tech limitation, but if it were possible to configure the rmbp to 16 and the air I'm sure it would effect sales some.
     
  22. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I don't see a technical limitation since you can get 16 GBs and 8 GBs in the same space on normal memory modules (2x4 or 2x8). Even though RAM is soldered, the principles are the same - at least in my mind.
     
  23. asting macrumors 6502

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    People just like to whine. Doesn't os x preload Commonly used apps? I bought 8gb, but for my next laptop i couldn't see myself buying more. For Photoshop and bridge 8gb is overkill.
    Hell, my gaming desktop which i edit tons of raw photos on and do heavy matlab work on only has 4gb. I've yet to run out on that.

    I think perhaps it's a usage problem. My tech illiterate mother complains her i7 desktop is slow. I'll occasionally see what she means when i visit, and she'll have 250 raw photos open and about 80 Web browser pages. of course that's slow.
    Use the computer intelligently and you'll have no problem with it.

    In the future of course requirements will go up as we use higher res video or cameras, but for now 8gb is more than plenty.
     
  24. snow blind macrumors regular

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    What's your second most important criteria? :rolleyes:
     
  25. theSeb macrumors 604

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    No, it does not pre-load commonly used apps, but it keeps stuff in memory that you've recently used (inactive pie in Activity Monitor). It does load commonly used operating system files into the cache though.
     

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