The new MacBook Pro tops out at 16GB RAM, a situation that had many potential customers confused. It turns out that Apple has a very good reason for keeping the amount of RAM down: it wants to preserve battery life.
The information comes courtesy of Apple marketing cheif Phil Schiller, who was responding to a question from a concerned Apple user. Schiller wrote:
“Thank you for the email. It is a good question. 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. I hope you check out this new generation MacBook Pro, it really is an incredible system.”
In other words, Apple believes that adding an additional 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM would adversely affect the battery life of the new MacBook Pro. Of course, this has lead observers to wonder why Cupertino didn’t spring for more energy efficient DDR4 RAM instead. After all, it is already charging a premium for the notebook.
Other wonder why Apple didn’t just make a thicker machine to accommodate a larger battery; especially since it seems so concerned with battery life. As it stands, the looks like the new MacBook Pro is a victim of too many compromises for aesthetic reasons.