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| p.2 #9 · Macbook Pro 15" with RETINA display |
Not sure if you know this, but the SSD is a proprietary form factor that cannot currently be upgraded. They could have chosen universal standards and could have chosen not to solder the ram to the motherboard, but they didn't.
They have the best product and they intend to wring every penny they can out of their customer base because of it. Buying these products only supports these underhanded practices.
Apple's upgrade to 16 GB of RAM is $200. Replacing the previous MBP's with 16 GB by swapping out the current chips cost almost as much, so that's not that much of an impact to the end user. We make a lot of assumptions as consumers, but the soldered RAM is limited to the Retina models AFAIK. The Retina models are significantly thinner than the non-Retina models, so that could be a design decision. The fact that the older models still have replaceable RAM chips means that Apple isn't really looking for soldered RAM chips as a viable revenue stream by any means.
Your'e right, the SSD currently can't be upgraded, but just like the MB Air, I'm sure 3rd party vendors like OWC will find a solution too in a matter of time. With Thunderbolt and USB3 ports, storage shouldn't be a problem anyway. The bandwidth of these I/O's more than accommodate even the fastest SSD's to date.