Why don’t Apple carry 16gb

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  1. mac-jam macrumors member

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    So if MacBook Pro’s are for professionals h do they not carry 16gb pros in the the 13” range?
     
  2. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

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  3. leman macrumors G3

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    Probably because it’s not a popular model. People who need more RAM are likely to pick the 15”
     
  4. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

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    Apple carries plenty of 16GB 13" models. You just have to order one. Or you could buy a refurb. Plenty of those too!
     
  5. kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    he has a good point tho, why doesn't apple carry them in the store? really doesn't make sense for a 2019 13" Pro
     
  6. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    I am guessing the majority of people buy the base model with bare minimum specs.
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Because MBP is for the prosumer market. "Prosumers" don't buy based on RAM, they buy mostly based on price. They sell at lot more of the 8 GB to keep the price down.
     
  8. DougFNJ macrumors 65816

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    I think they stock primarily the 8gb to satisfy demand of the masses. I remember last year later in the cycle you were able to pick up a fully loaded version.
     
  9. kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    haha true...

    ALSO curious, if anyone bought the base model of the new 2019 15"? yes, 400 cheaper than the 8 cores and only 6 cores...
     
  10. WickedPorter macrumors regular

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    I picked up the top spec i7 / 16GB / 1TB 13" model from my local store. Spot checking it seems quite a few stores in the midwest have them in stock. This might be a new thing, as you're right - I've never seen a 16GB model in stock at a local store (in my case, Apple or Best Buy).

    When checking stock for this particular model, be sure to scroll down on the Apple store website and select the highest spec 13" ... configuring the "next to last" one with same specs shows not in stock, but configuring the higher spec with the exact config I mention above shows in stock. I'm guessing the highest spec model must have a different SKU or something.
     
  11. kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    IS 8gb RAM enough for the average user of a 13? or is it best to order with 16? OR is it more important to bump up memory from 250 to 500? or both? :)
    Just want a smooth, snappy machine basically... not asking for too much...
     
  12. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Apple does extensive research on what sells in the stores. They know what most 13 buyers are looking for the lower priced based models.

    It someone is willing to pay extra for bigger drives and memory they have probably researched it more, and this not an impulse purchase. This buyer is willing to wait a few days for their specific configuration.
     
  13. kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought some larger stores actually DO carry these configurations...?
     
  14. MrGunnyPT macrumors 6502

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    This
     
  15. kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah true... lol... love the 15" but it is bulky, that's the only thing!!!!
     
  16. StuKatz1 macrumors member

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    I used the 13 inch and would have love to have been able to buy it in store instead of order online. Good question.
     
  17. pshufd macrumors 6502a

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    I did notice that the 13 inch models at Costco are 8 GB. I personally think that 8GB is the bare minimum RAM. I can get to 8 GB just running Firefox and one or two other programs.
     
  18. ascender macrumors 68020

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    I thought this was the case too, but that you had to call or go in to the stores to ask if they had any BTO options in stock?
     
  19. pshufd macrumors 6502a

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    I think that all of the MBPs should start at 16 GB as many have integrated graphics and, if customers assume that you can run 2x5K, then you'll need the RAM. Then offer 32 GB as the mid-range up to 64 or 128 GB of RAM.
     
  20. ascender macrumors 68020

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    Thing is though, a lot of people simply don’t need more than 8GB of RAM and with the recent lightning-quick SSDs, swapping out to disk is no longer the performance-killer it used to be. I know there’s always lots of posts asking if someone needs 16GB of RAM, but I really think that if you need that much memory, you tend to know already. Most people asking are looking for justification or reassurance to buy a laptop with more RAM in it.
     
  21. Spudlicious macrumors 6502

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    Use of the word Pro is a marketing thing, no more than that. As with all Apple policies we can criticise as much as we like, but the revenue numbers tell them they're doing it right, making a tasty slice on every computer sold.
     
  22. pshufd macrumors 6502a

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    I personally don't like slower machines if it can be helped and if it's cheap.

    32 GB of RAM should cost about $200.

    If a Mac Pro system can hold 1.5 TB of RAM, why can’t a MacBook Pro hold 128 GB, particularly since the RAM is so cheap today.
     
  23. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    At large stores Apple typically carry the 16GB RAM, Upgraded processor and 1TB storage option of the 13''.

    I had a hope that the 2019 13'' Pro models would come with 16GB RAM as standard to justify the pricing.
     
  24. Conutz macrumors regular

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    o_O
     
  25. kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    The more I think about the 13”s just coming with 8 ram and and older processor than than new 15, the more frustrating lol!
    There is no machine like a 15” performance wise !
     

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