Question about SSD and RAM upgrades on my 2015 MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ozziegn, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. ozziegn macrumors 6502a

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    Its my understanding the 2015 MBA laptops don't have SSD or RAM upgrades as of yet. Can I hope or assume this will change in what I hope in the near future?
     
  2. ucfgrad11 macrumors member

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    I just bought a 2015 MBA with RAM upgraded to 8GB instead of the standard 4GB. Also, you can upgrade the processor and SSD. I had it shipped to an :apple: store near me.
     
  3. ozziegn, Apr 27, 2015
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    I just read that the 2015 memory is not upgradable. this is giving me some serious second thoughts about my new MBA. :(

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    I think I just answered my own question. looks like the memory and the flash storage aren't upgradable according to the fixit site:

    "As with the prior iterations, this MacBook Air's biggest detractor is the lack of upgradeability. The RAM is still soldered to the logic board, and SSDs are not compatible between generations."
     
  4. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    No, not upgradeable after the fact; only prior to purchase. Were you hoping to do it yourself?
     
  5. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yup, I was.
     
  6. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    Is it within the window of return? Would you want to? Sorry to hear about your disappointment.
     
  7. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm on the fence of returning it or keeping it. some people say 4GB of memory is more than enough for most people like myself that mainly use their laptop for web browsing, emailing, etc....

    I just don't want to keep something that I might regret having down the road. but after all, I only have $720 invested in my new MBA which I think is a great deal.
     
  8. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    As far as a deal goes - that is an incredible deal. With respect to the flash drive, I've read people far more knowledgeable than I, I might add, mention supporting that with thumb drives and the like.

    It's a tough call, and I think it also depends whether this is going to be your sole computer, how much you use the Cloud, etc.

    Look at me talking as if I know what I'm talking about! I still haven't bought mine yet!
     
  9. steve1960 macrumors member

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    Memory upgrade, no, only at the time of purchase as stated already.

    SSD upgrade yes, but only with an original Apple product taken from an Apple computer (or otherwise obtained on the open market I guess!!).

    SSD is an easy upgrade and you can buy from eBay or other places possibly.

    I bought from eBay, took me 5 minutes to install (although I did already have the correct screwdrivers, make sure you have them before trying the install).
     
  10. bchreng macrumors 6502a

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    Great deal or not, $720 is still a lot of money and you might regret not getting more RAM and memory later on down the road. Worst case, you can sell it and recuperate most of the money back.
     
  11. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    For the uses you described 4gb should be MORE than enough, even for another year or two. I bought the same machine, and use it for the same purpose. Also got the same deal :) I was interested in the MBR originally but its too small footprint and screen wise. Hoping for a 14" in versions 2 or 3. This MBA will chug me along just fine.

    That is my take, i have it plugged up to my 27" Asus monitor with ALL KINDS of windows open, i tried Youtube playing in HD, while a flash heavy Twitch TV stream was going with like 15 tabs open and it was still chugging along like a champ!

    I don't use photoshop and iMovie and probably will never even open them. Its my main machine for around the house. I store things on a external HD. I could have built a nice desktop PC for the same price that was more powerful. However i love to be able to bring the MBA along with me in the house and love the premium feel. Great browsing in bed too.

    Also keep in mind for the price we paid. If you were to sell it in a year or two, you won't lost a awful lot of money since we got it for about $300 under retail.
     
  12. JacksoN123123 macrumors newbie

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    Please correct me if i got anythign wrong. I also own a MBA 2015 i7 with 128 GB SSD. My problem is 128 is way to less for me ;-)

    so i can upgrade the SSD? but i need a 256 or 512 GB SSD from an MBA 2015 maybe sold at ebay or somewhere else? i cant get a normal SSD compatible for more PC's from Amazon e.g.?
     
  13. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    There are no third party options for 2015 model MBA SSDs. Third party options stop as of the 2013 model as the MBA switched from SATA to PCI-E, and no one has come out with anything compatible with Apple's PCI-E connector.
     
  14. JacksoN123123 macrumors newbie

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    Ok, maybe something will come in the near future, hope so :)
     
  15. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    OWC said over a year ago that they were working on PCI-E SSD upgrades. No news since then though.
     

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