We are about to buy new MacBook Airs for our nieces. One is about to enter 10th grade and the other 9th. Wondering to go with 8GB or 16GB of RAM? 128GB or 256GB Storage? As a professional photographer, when I buy a MacBookPro for myself, I always max out the RAM (currently have 32GB and wish it was 64GB) and internal storage (currently have 2TB, and wish I could afford 4TB). This is in addition to a 16TB RAID with my photo archive. So it is hard for me to wrap my head around what is really needed for my nieces. I'm guessing they will be using Chrome/Safari, Word/Pages, Mail App, Photos app, Music app (good-bye iTunes), etc. Neither of them is (currently) into video or music production, or high-end photography. Nor are they science geeks/3D modelers, etc. Of course, that might change in the next 3 or 4 years. Probably not. Is 8GB RAM enough? My experience from using older laptops was that even if one was not using high powered RAM hungry apps (Photoshop, etc) that having 16GB helped prevent memory swapping to the hard drive. But with the newest machines with faster processors, fast SSDs, etc, wondering if that is less of an issue, and even with 4-5 apps open will they will still be ok with 8GB? Is 128GB enough drive space? I know that all drives slow down when they get more than 80-90% full. I'm guessing the System, Library and Applications will take up about 50GB max, so that leaves another 50GB plus some headroom. Seems that more and more content is either being streamed or with iCloud/Drobpox, able to be stored in the cloud if space is low. They are NOT ingesting 8K video, or 50 megapixel RAW files, and even if they did want to start doing that, they would probably need external storage anyway. I could just bite the bullet and upgrade to both 16GB and 256GB "just to be safe", but will need to multiply this by two, and don't want to be frivolous. Hence this post. Grateful for any suggestions, especially from high school students, or parents/uncles/aunties in a similar situation!