I’m a developer. I run Windows in a virtual machine on my MacBook Pro for the explicit purpose of running Visual Studio and SQL Server to do application development. Those are some memory-hogging beasts, too, let me tell you.
I bought the maximum of 16GB of RAM when I bought my Retina MacBook Pro back in 2012. It was spacious then. Now, however, it’s getting to be not enough to speedily run everything I want to be running during my daily work.
So, I was excited that Apple was going to refresh the MacBook Pro. It’s about time I upgrade.
I want one thing in a new laptop: more RAM. Several manufacturers out there currently have 32GB buildouts. I’m quite jealous, let me tell you.
So, imagine my disappointment when Apple “upgrades” their professional laptop, and proceeds to *remove* more than it adds. *And*, keeps the same maximum amount of memory as my four-year old laptop.
I’m pretty pissed off about that design choice, and moreso because of the mealy-mouthed “32GB would cut down on battery life” reason that Apple gave.
OK, fine. So my battery life might be less. You don’t think I’m big enough to make that kind of tradeoff choice for myself? So give me a warning about it. BUT give me the choice, too.
Because I work with my laptop plugged in far more often than not, anyway.
So now, I’m contemplating buying a non-Apple computer for the first time in about 15 years. I can get much better hardware specs, much better performance, and pay much less money elsewhere.
I’m pretty bummed about how drastically Apple has lost the drive to be in the lead since Steve shuffled off the mortal coil.
This might just be the last straw for me, though.