In future, will all iMac/laptop RAM be non-upgradable?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BigMac182, Oct 24, 2012.

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In future, will all iMac/laptop RAM be non-upgradable?

  1. In future, all iMac AND Apple laptop RAM will be non-upgradable

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  2. In future, all iMac RAM will be non-upgradable

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  3. In future, all Apple laptop RAM will be non-upgradable

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  4. In future, Apple RAM will be upgradable again

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  1. BigMac182 macrumors newbie

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    I guess with the 2012 iMac, Apple realized they could extract more money from their consumers by not allowing them the option of buying a cheaper machine and upgrading it with 3rd party RAM. A shrewd move on their part, but not good for the consumer.

    Do you think Apple will return to allowing upgradable RAM, or does the 2012 iMac signify the end of allowing this option?
     
  2. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

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    They will continue to allow it on fewer machines for the next few years, after that who knows.

    RAM, iMac internal drives (since the funny sensor in late 2009), the retina MBP, now this new iMac, its not looking good.

    The general trend has me planning ahead to buy a recent second hand mac pro next year when whatever update they do to that is announced.

    It doesn't seem like it, and as much as it hurts consumers, it also is gonna hit 3rd party vendors/techs who have been part of the Apple ecosystem over the decades.
     
  3. iHailCarlo macrumors 6502

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    Its possible. I highly doubt it for the high end. Thats what the Mac Pro is for isnt it?
     
  4. theSeb macrumors 604

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    It seems like they are slowly weaning people off user upgrade-ability by removing it from some of the models and seeing what happens. Unfortunately people keep buying.
     
  5. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

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    Its a little sad, when you think of the culture of Mac, with local user groups, reliable mom n pop resellers/accessory manufacturers/developers. It seems the margins on nicely designed and future-leaning devices are obviously greater than on user-configurable long lasting machines, like the old fridges that worked for 25 years....going away

    I wonder what if any effect the temptation for the power users like Hollywood editors, etc, to move to HP workstations and the like will eventually have on Apple's image, given for years those guys were visibly using macs only.
     

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