- Oct 9, 2012
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@Jon at Radenso Off topic, but you took it there, so.... what I can’t stand about the M1 laptops is the fact that memory and storage is halved and I can’t even drop in more memory or a different SSD if I wanted to. I get that integrated systems and pathways make for way faster performance, but it still chaps my ass that not only is Apple limiting my upgradability but they’re also making it way more expensive (and currently not possible) to get the higher spect configs. Performance aside, their driving force is money and greed and they know people like you (no offense) will spend whatever to get whatever, no matter the limit. It’s like drug dealers. Apple knows you’re gonna break down and just bear it and buy the limits they give you because you’re itching for the fix. After all, you said it yourself, “I have no choice.” Well, you do, but that choice is one they know nobody will continue taking as it’s not as good by a good margin. That’s why the whole “vote with your wallet” doesn’t work in capitalism when one company surpasses all others and that drives the consumer to basically not really have a choice.
Ironically, if you play your cards right, Theia has the ability to do the same to the RD market. Eventually, the price vs performance return will tip and people won’t give a shit what it costs and will get it. Everyone else will suffer. Then we’ll start seeing Radenso start offering financing options, if you’re not already doing that, for their product to get it into even more hands at less of an initial financial hit. It’s worked for the carriers to sell $1400 phones.... you gonna tell me Randy hasn’t pondered it? Haha
I think you're missing why Apple does that.
People like me will pay for the best tool for the job. When you look at an integrated system, it is ultimately simply better in several areas than one that is upgradable:
1. It is mechanically simpler - lighter, stronger, thinner
2. Consolidating RAM onto the CPU SoC makes it ridiculously fast and opens up a unified memory architecture that simply isn't possible with upgradable ram
3. Rolling their own silicon has given Apple the fastest laptop CPU in the world, the fastest laptop integrated GPU in the world, and the fastest laptop SSD in the world.
These are things that are impossible to do with an upgradable architecture. Given that, what's the point of being upgradable? Allowing upgradable RAM would give me slightly higher maximum configuration, but it would make my laptop thicker, the RAM would be slower, and I would lose the unified ram architecture. Battery life would suffer, there would need to be additional silicon to function as a RAM controller, etc.
Overall, the laptop would be worse. And if the laptop is worse, then I might start to look at PC competitors.
I actually didn't buy the M1 Macbook Pro because I do need 32GB of ram and 4 thunderbolt 3 ports. But the next generation will surely have that. And when it does, I will buy it - and I won't miss upgradability for a second. Because if it was upgradable, it would be a worse overall laptop since I would lose the benefits of the ingrated design.
Now that we are a company that writes our own operating system for hardware that we design, I clearly and obviously understand why Apple does what it does.