“I’ve always upgraded my MacBooks. Usually, I would spec out my machine with the best processor and GPU, and couple that to the bare-bones RAM and drive, then upgrade those components myself to avoid the Apple premium,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9ti5Mac. “Sometimes I’d upgrade more than once during a machine’s lifetime.”

“My Late 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro, for example, was bought with 8GB RAM and a 750GB hard drive. I immediately upgraded the RAM to 16GB – a ten-minute task – and swapped out both the hard drive and optical drive for two 1TB hard drives,” Lovejoy writes. “Later on, when SSD prices fell to more sensible levels, I swapped out the spinning metal drives for a couple of 1TB SSDs. In this way, the 17-inch machine I was reluctant to give up has remained remarkably usable even five years on.”

MacDailyNews Take: We did much the same thing, but, boy, were those 17-inchers huge and heavy! Today, it’s much nicer to have dual monitor iMacs on our desks and MacBooks and iPad Pros in our backpacks (both together weigh less and take up less space than our old 17-inch MacBook Pros).

Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

 
“That approach is no longer an option. The RAM has long been soldered on in MacBooks, and the past couple of days confirmed what I suspected about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar when I maxed-out my order: the SSD, too, is soldered on and thus non-upgradable,” Lovejoy writes. “I could complain about this. At one point, I would have done so at some length. But I’ve come to terms with the fact that the days of upgradable MacBooks are now behind us. And, much as I may regret that fact, it’s not an unreasonable decision by Apple.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, always max out your Mac purchases with RAM, storage, and CPU as best your budget allows and, with proper handling, it’ll last many, many years.

An extra $500 invested now averages out to just $13.80/month over three years.

SEE ALSO:
Is Apple’s MacBook Pro perfect? No, but it’s worth $3,000 to me – November 16, 2016
Apple’s new MacBook Pros have non-removable SSD – November 15, 2016
The Wall Street Journal reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: ‘More beautiful, svelter’ – November 14, 2016
Mashable reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: ‘Simply superb’ – November 14, 2016
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: A peek at the future of the Macintosh – November 14, 2016
TIME Magazine reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: ‘Like test-driving a BMW for the first time’ – November 14, 2016
Forbes’ Moorhead reviews Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro: ‘An incredible laptop’ – November 14, 2016
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) is the new MacBook Air and should be judged as such – November 13, 2016
Pro video editor uses Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: ‘I love it’ – November 11, 2016
Early adopters appreciate the Touch Bar on Apple’s MacBook Pro – November 11, 2016
Why Apple’s new MacBook Pros don’t need 32GB of RAM – November 10, 2016
Apple’s MacBook Pro can easily run a ridiculous number of ‘pro’ apps simultaneously with 16GB RAM – November 5, 2016
Hands on with Apple new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Huge trackpad offers great palm rejection – November 2, 2016
Apple does touch right and, as usual, Microsoft does it wrong – October 28, 2016
IBT: Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar is the coolest thing ever; will change the way we use laptops – October 28, 2016
Wired hands on with Apple’s New MacBook Pro: It’s a whole new kind of laptop – October 27, 2016
CNET on the new MacBook Pro: Apple’s amazing strip show reinvents the notebook – October 27, 2016
Hands on with Apple’s new MacBook Pro: Looks and feels so good it’s unreal – October 27, 2016
The debate is over: IBM confirms that Apple Macs are $535 less expensive than Windows PCs – October 20, 2016