Do you really need more than 16 GB of RAM in a MacBook Pro?
Absolutely, some people need more than 16 GB of RAM (random access memory). Some people, by virtue of their professions, would benefit from as much RAM as the computer is capable of using — 32 GB, 64 GB, stack it on! But not every "pro" is in the same profession and not every "pro" has the same needs.
Jonathan Zdziarski, writing on his blog:
The list of apps he ran includes multiple virtual machines, multiple Adobe apps, Xcode, Office, and much, much more. And he, for his use case, was not only fine, but laughing.
Thanks to memory compression in macOS and the ludicrously fast SSD on the MacBook Pro 2016, what RAM there is goes farther and swaps quicker than ever before, meaning 16 GB will fit more workflows than ever before.
The whole article is worth a read, especially the update and the conclusion.
You may very well be someone who really needs more than 16 GB of RAM, and have a justifiable beef with Apple over not providing you with that option in a MacBook Pro, but you might also be surprised just how much you can do with the 16 GB, memory compression, and ultra-fast SSD in the new MacBook Pro.
If you're sure, rage on and I hope Apple is listening. If you're not, try the 16 GB and let me know your results.
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Having used every class of MacBook Pro and being a video editor which pushes and punishes my MacBook every day, I, for one, am very excited for this new machine and believe that it will work for my Pro level needs.
I defeinitely understand the disappointment in the choices that Apple made for this new design. My only comment which is inline with the subject of this article is that I believe we are jumping the gun if we condemn something on the basis of performance when the unit has not even been released into the wild. Let the high-end power users put it through its paces and report back to the community.
My sense, from what I've seen and read regarding the total I/O bandwidth and speed, is that the new SSD performance is going to have a huge impact on overall performance and make up for the smaller RAM allocation.
I appreciate everyone's thoughts and insights and hope that the machine will be all that Apple has claimed.
Thanks again, Rene!
We ALSO take it as given that memory requirements (BOTH RAM and storage) go in one direction - UP. It should follow, then, that a good machine should be designed to be
(1) upgradable, and
(2) EASILY upgradable
…unless it is going to be designed as a "disposable" unit (OOPS - that's as evil as the phrase "planned obsolesce" is - OR IS IT?). Since we don't know what Apple (or anyone else) is planning next re: OS or applications, we need at least the POSSIBILITY of more elbow room. That means that the question "Is more RAM possible?" should generally be answered, "Yes!" Apple, please don't lock us down! That's my view ($0.25 worth). YMMV, of course…
Furthermore the amount of RAM would not be as big of an issue but it is soldered on and cannot be upgraded later on.
Last but not least, due to the inability to upgrade this very expensive machine, some people would like to invest in more power and specs than they currently need so that later down the road they will still be fine.
My 6 year old Mac came with 4gb of ram which was fine for the time but then I upgraded to 8gb 3 years later and currently find even that inadequate.
That throws the whole argument out the window right there. People are complaint about the memory limit because they want to be able to run memory hungry apps.
If Apple were a car manufacturer then the MBP is not aiming to be a performance device like a F1 car trying to break a particular performance envelope or a Ferrari/Bugatti.
Apple are clear that they are aiming to build reliable out of the box machines to cover most everyday uses for most people as a prestige manchine at s prestige price.
To be MBP is the equivalent of a Mercedes E class. A prestige car at a premium price that performs with a minimum of problems.. The issue in my mind is that people confuse Pro with performance. Professionals want a reliable workhorse that works consistently and you would not be upset to be seen with. Think of how you feel as a driver of a limo service. You would be happy to be picked up in a Mercedes. Sorry if this upsets readers but if you are looking for performance or state of the art then The MPB is not for you. If you are looking for a consistent workhorse then I think MBP will fit the bill.