Phil Schiller Defends Apple’s Decision to Limit RAM on New MacBook Pro



Apple’s new MacBook Pro has been experience quite a bit of criticism over the lack of RAM options beyond 16GB.

In a statement to MacDaddy, Apple’s Phil Schiller responded to the question about the lack of RAM, saying that including support for more than 16GB would have reduced space for the battery.

“The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2133MHZ. To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is now low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life.”

This answer falls in line with Apple’s previous answers to the question. LPDDR3 RAM, which is more efficient than other options Apple had to choose from, caps out at 16GB. Anything higher than that and Apple would have to use a different CPU.

Schiller also took the opportunity to correct two inaccuracies reported by MacDaddy:

1. An error in the details: The MacBook Pro uses 2133MHz RAM, not 1866MHz as stated at the top of this article.
2. An omission in this article: Not only would support of 32GB require usage of desktop class DDR4 memory (and come with all of the issues described above), but it would also require a different logic board design.

Apple’s decision is even more justified when considering the energy usage. Have you purchased the new MacBook Pro? Have you experienced any performance issues? Let us know in the comments below.


  • johnnygoodface

    There! Hopefully that’ll calm all those who were ready to call it memory gate

  • Xian

    16 GB RAM is plenty. If you need more, then you probably need a desktop for the serious processing you’re doing

  • Jack

    I will wait for the next MBP with support for 32GB or 64GB. Windows laptop already support up to 64GB currently.

  • Stefan

    The bottom like is thickness. That is why they are having issue fitting things. If I was Apple CEO, I would just make the darn laptop thicker by 2 millimetres and put DDR4 and GTX 1080.

    To all companies out there here is a free tip. When releasing a new flagship device, just fucking grab the latest available components and shove them in to your laptop!

  • Dehop

    Software development with multiple virtual machines eat up RAM. We need to go to clients, so pulling an iMac or a Mac Pro along is silly.

    16GB is plenty for *consumers*. This is supposedly a “pro” machine.

  • Dehop

    Hardly. If this were a *consumer* grade Macbook you and Schiller would have a point.

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  • IAN

    Make the PRO laptop for intense heavy-duty professionals, and make them a little thicker. This way they would last longer, and IF they need more battery life, they can bring an external battery pack (or plug the charger).

    For the regular laptop consumer, there is the Macbook line, so you can be portable to surf the web, Facebook, or light duty office tasks.

    It’s real simple…. 🙂

  • Stop trying so hard to make everything smaller at the cost of power if you want this to be a pro machine.