New MacBook Pro Features “Removable” SSD; understand why generation is limited to 16GB RAM

No need to repeat here, after all this detail may have gone unnoticed for many people. This week Apple launched new MacBooks Pro which bring, among other things, two very interesting new features: Touch Bar (which replaces the function keys at the top of the keyboard with something much more versatile) and Touch ID (to unlock your Mac, quickly access system settings and blocked notes, switch users, etc.).

New MacBook Pro from above with Touch Bar

But this news eventually made the MacBook Pro more expensive than the previous version. And, to offer a “more affordable” option, Apple has come up with a leaner spec, taking out the Touch Bar, Touch ID and two of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports. This entry-level MacBook Pro is the only one that currently is already on sale (the other 13 ″ and 15 ″ models with Touch Bar / Touch ID will only hit the market in a few weeks) and so we even saw a benchmark his is not very encouraging, true.

Normally, iFixit (the repair company) is the first to get our hands on Apple's new releases to get the inside scoop. This time, however, the Other World Computing It was who volunteered to do this task and show us some of the news of the machine.

While not as complete and thorough a disassembly as iFixit's (it will probably still do hers), OWC has discovered a very interesting detail: the module SSD removable Although it's not an easy task to do this because of the tightly closed MacBook Pro structure, the fact that you have to remove the speakers to put the SSD back in, the module has a very strong tape covering the interface. , etc.

This is good news for one simple reason: It will be possible to upgrade the machine's storage capacity after purchase, something that was even possible in previous models, but it was nonetheless a complicated task. Note that we are talking about the 13 ″ MacBook Pro without Touch Bar and Touch ID. Models with these features, of course, are differentiated and do not necessarily have the same internal structure because of the new components.

RAM limited to 16GB

Storage capacity of these new MacBook Pro has doubled. Now users can customize the machine at the time of purchase and place up to 2TB (which cost $ 800 salty in the US). But RAM remains limited to 16 GB.

Asked about this by a user intrigued by the limitation, Phil Schiller (Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing) replied that more than 16GB of RAM would require a memory system that would consume much more power and not be efficient enough for a notebook. That is, the limitation has to do with the battery life, which would go down well (the batteries of the new MacBooks Pro can last up to 10 hours).

For the vast majority of users 8GB enough, that will say 16GB. But the big issue here is that MBP ought to be, as its name implies, a machine designed and designed for professionals who need something portable but at the same time very capable. Undoubtedly, for many this 32GB option will be missed mainly when compared to desktop solutions.

I walk a bit spiteful, but I can't help but comment. It also bothers me a lot that Apple doesn't offer a dedicated GPU on the 13 inch professional model. Well, not even the 15 ″ input model has just the top of the line (correct: Apple now offers dedicated GPU for all 15 inch models). This is unacceptable for a machine that has "Pro" in its name something that Apple could have fixed in this new generation, but it has remained the same. 😞

(via MacRumors: 1, 2)