Apple limits 2016 MacBook Pro models to 16GB of RAM to maximize battery life

“Despite featuring more energy efficient Skylake processors, faster SSDs, better GPUs, and new thermal architecture, Apple’s revamped MacBook Pros continue to max out at 16GB RAM,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“Many customers have been wondering why Apple didn’t bump up the maximum RAM to 32GB, including MacRumors reader David, who emailed Apple to ask and got an explanation from marketing chief Phil Schiller,” Clover reports. “According to Schiller, more than 16GB RAM would consume too much power and have a negative impact on battery life.”

To put more than 16GB of fast RAM into a notebook design at this time would require a memory system that consumes much more power and wouldn’t be efficient enough for a notebook – Phi Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Would have been a cool feature to allow 32GB RAM onboard, but let the user to allocate a lower amount of it while running off battery. Maybe next time?

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      1. Heh, that’s the undying hope for dyed-in-the-wool Apple fanboys and fangirls. We’re still waiting patiently. Myself, I’m getting subcutaneous lesions from drumming my fingers on the table. Cue “Pipeline” by the Chantays.

  1. What is the point for charging the customers A LOT OF MONEY, I mean, A LOT for a laptop that isn’t suitable neither for students nor fro professionals?

    customers are forced to buy new ADAPTERS and HUBS producing a cable salad on the desk.

    NO MagSafe

    ONLY 16GB of MAx. RAM

    No startup chime (not so important)

    And who knows what further surprises?

    As customer, I would tend to give a look to the new MS Surface Laptop. There is no MacOS on it but…. it offers more for the money.

  2. So, now we have the Adapter Tax.

    For years we talked about the Microsoft Tax – the hidden cost of running Windows.

    Now we need an adapter to hook up our phones.
    Now we need an adapter to hook up anything HDMI.
    Now we need an adapter to hook up a card reader.
    Now we need an adapter to hook up a printer.
    Now we need an adapter to hook up an external drive.

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