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More than 16 GB on a new MacBook?

Postby John Murdoch » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:43 am

Hi!

My professional life (as a software system architect) intrudes. Am I correct in thinking that Apple sells a (current generation) MacBook with more than 16 GB of RAM?

I have two I.T. colleagues pointing to a vendor website insisting that we can't get more than 16 GB--but there are obviously Mac Hauptwerk users using far more. Is anybody using a (current generation) MacBook with more than 16 GB?

Thanks very much for your help!
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Re: More than 16 GB on a new MacBook?

Postby mdyde » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:06 pm

Hello John,

Frustratingly, none of Apple's MacBook Pro (or MacBook) ranges, current or otherwise, can accept more than 16 GB (by any means).

At this point in time, if you want a laptop with more than 16 GB then it has to be a Windows/PC one. (E.g. some companies such as Dell make laptops that can accept up to 64 GB.)

Apple's current 27" iMac model can accept 64 GB, however, as can their Mac Pro (although the later is very expensive and hasn't been updated for a few years).
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Re: More than 16 GB on a new MacBook?

Postby ldeutsch » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:27 pm

Also, if you are hardware and software savvy, you can assemble your own Mac. By doing this, you can have just about any amount of Ram (or disk pace, for that matter) as you want. There is actually a series of articles in this month's MacWorld magazine that describe how you can do this. These things are typically referred to as "Hacintoshes."

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Re: More than 16 GB on a new MacBook?

Postby mdyde » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:28 am

Hello Les,

Hackintoshes (versions of Apple's OS X/macOS operating systems hacked to run on non-Apple hardware) are in breach of Apple's OS X/macOS licence agreement, so aren't 'legal'. For that reason we don't allow discussion of them on this forum. Thanks for your understanding.
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Re: More than 16 GB on a new MacBook?

Postby Turfstra » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:29 pm

You could buy a secondhand Mac Pro. I bought one recently with 32 GB ram for 500 €. Works great!
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