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The new MacBook Pro is not offered with 32GB of RAM to extend battery life

By Ian Chee & Kenny Yeo - on 22 Nov 2016, 11:02am

The new MacBook Pro is not offered with 32GB of RAM to extend battery life

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One of the complaints of the new MacBook Pro notebooks is that it can only be equipped with a maximum of 16GB of RAM.

16GB is more than enough for a lot of folks - me included - but it is certainly not enough for developers.

Developers say that 16GB is the bare minimum today, especially for those who have to work with virtual machines. Needless to say, many would have really liked to see 32GB being offered on Apple's newest MacBook Pro notebooks.

However, Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Marketing, has just explained that doing so would require a different logic board design and would eventually compromise battery life.

"The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2,133MHz. To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life."

In fact, to put 32GB of RAM into the new MacBook Pro would require more power-hungry DDR4 RAM. The new MacBook Pro currently uses LPDDR3 RAM, which consume around 1.5W of power. In comparison, DDR4 RAM would consume between 3W to 5W of power, which is up to three times more power.

Which would you rather have? 32GB of RAM or better battery life?

Source: MacRumors.