Endless Mike wrote:Max™ wrote:Endless Mike wrote:You can install RAM in non-retina MacBook Pros, you just need to get a Phillips screwdriver to open it up (and a spudger helps to disconnect the battery). It's not actually difficult at all once you're inside. MacBook Airs and the new retina Pro have the RAM soldered, so, while you can similarly open the machines up, you won't get too far trying to swap RAM.
Sockets are bigger and thicker than soldering the chips directly to the board. If you open one up, you quickly find that they're basically a small board with a huge battery attached. I would imagine this is not uncommon in the Ultrabook space (though I do think it's a mistake with the retina MBP).
Yeah, didn't know that about the ultrabooks either, still just strikes me as absurd given how vast the gap between the first computer specs I remember being blown away by and the ones we have today is.
I have a 2.4 Ghz dual core system with 4 GB of ram and a 160 GB HDD, that would have been unimaginable to slap together for $150 a few years ago, and it's already facing competition from just barely above entry level portables. Luckily I can pick up cheap parts here and there and keep it as quick as I want for as long as I want.
A 256 GB SSD and 16 GB of ram would seem like a lot last year, but nowadays for a lot of higher end graphics and video work it's standard or worse. I know a lot of apples are bought for shoopan and video editing, seems like a bum deal to me.