A Decade of Soldered RAM

Ten Years.

Boy does time go fast. I was reading this morning that it’s been 10 years of the MacBook Air  and I realized that this was the beginning of the end and now in 2018 with a few exceptions it’s all soldered RAM on Apple computers.

At first I thought that this was a bad thing, and I think it was in the days of MacBook Air models shipping with just 2GB of RAM but now the standard config is 8GB I think that for most users 8GB is enough – I know it is for me.

I know that if you’re a power user or pro then a MacBook Air with 8GB might not be enough ram for you but for the most of us it is. Soldered RAM gives us the ability to have computers like the MacBook Air which I doubt we would have otherwise.

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the PowerBook G4 at 1 inch thick was the epitome of thin  for a laptop computer but the MacBook Air and it’s lack of ram upgrades combined with the removal of the CD drive changed that and now almost every other notebook today is a MacBook Air clone.

So it seems like we’re stuck with soldered ram for the future as even the last notebook from Apple you could upgrade the RAM on is now 6 years old.  In a way I miss the ram upgrades and the prices I tracked but overall I think that soldered ram is good.

I know some of you that want to tinker or squeeze every last drop out of their Mac will disagree but  I bet a lot of consumers just buy a MacBook Air and use it without having to worry about upgrades.

Upgrades were a hassle. Yes, you could double the ram from the amount that shipped from Apple but it was costly, confusing on what ram you needed to buy and in some cases you got bad ram or bought it from shady vendor. All this goes away with  Soldered RAM.

Yes, RAM upgrades from Apple are  a lot of money and you could do better with third party ram but I think that applied more in the earlier years. Sure, you pay more for a Macbook Air but not enough where I think that if you needed a Mac with maxed out RAM it matters. If you’re going to pay over a grand for a Mac, what’s another hundred bucks or so to future proof it for a few more years?

Soldered RAM is here to stay. The days of ram upgrades for  your mac are over.

How Much Does a MacBook Pro Cost?


Expect to pay about $1200.00 and up for a brand new 2018 MacBook Pro (check prices)

Apple computers have never been cheap and the latest MacBook Pro is no exception.

These new MacBook Pro models come in a few configurations, both with a ‘touch bar’ and without and in 2 sizes, 13.3 inches and 15 inches.

The MSRP on the MacBook Pros are as follows:

13 inch MacBook Pro Prices

2.3GHz Processor with 128GB Storage – $1299.00

2.3GHz Processor with 128GB Storage – $1499.00

Touch Bar and Touch ID with 3.1GHz Processor and  256GB Storage – $1799.00

As you can see, the fastest MacBook Pro for 2018 is close to $2000.00. I think that is a lot of money for a computer you cannot upgrade. But for some, it’s chump change and these obviously sell but my days of spending 2 grand on a Mac are over.

15 inch MacBook Pro Prices

2.2GHz Processor with 256GB Storage – $1999.00

Touch Bar and Touch ID with 2.8GHz Processorand 256GB Storage – $2399.00

Touch Bar and Touch ID with 2.9Ghz Processor and 512GB of Storage – $2799.00

All of these MacBook Pro computers are powerful, and ad all the benefits of using a Mac offers, but the big question  for me is are they worth it? As I write this I am using a Lenovo Thinkpad and yet all my  apps are web apps so in my use case, using a Mac would be overkill.

If it were my money and for all that I do I would buy the cheap MacBook Pro without the touch bar and be very happy with  my decision.