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Technology Apple’s new M1 computers top out at 16GB of RAM

00:26  11 november  2020
00:26  11 november  2020 Source:   theverge.com

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Apple M 1 chip. It’ s a whole new era for Mac. It’ s also the first personal computer chip built using industry‑leading 5‑nanometer process Testing conducted by Apple in October 2020 using preproduction 13‑inch MacBook Pro systems with Apple M 1 chip and 16 GB of RAM measuring peak

Apple today unveiled a new 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring the Apple M 1 chip, replacing the previous Intel x86 models. Apple retained the same 99 However, one possible downside: it appears this new MacBook Pro will only be available with 16 GB of RAM . The new MacBook Pro is available to

Apple announced three new Mac computers on Tuesday powered by its all-new M1 chip, a custom Arm-based system-on-a-chip. But despite the performance and efficiency gains the M1 chip allows, there is one notable constraint: memory. According to Apple, customers interested in buying a new Mac with more than 16GB of RAM will need to purchase an older, Intel-based model. Right now, the M1 cannot support more memory.

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That may be disappointing to some professional users interested in switching over to the Arm-based laptops or the new Mac mini, considering older Intel-based models can carry as much as 32GB of RAM. It echoes complaints against the MacBook Pro refresh of four years ago, too, when Apple said limitations on memory options were to conserve battery life.

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Yes, the new Apple M 1 chipset that is also at the heart of the new MacBook Air and Pro. Anyway, unlike the MacBook Air, the Mac Mini has active cooling, allowing it to sustain its top performance for It starts at 0 with 8 GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. You can upgrade that to 16 GB RAM for an extra

Is 16 GB plenty these days, or will I be bottlenecking myself? This DOES have a user-accessible RAM door, right? I feel confident in choosing 16 GB RAM ; if needed, I can always upgrade, and at prices lower than the premium Apple is charging. As long as I buy from a reputable source, I should be fine.

M1 Macs don’t come in configurations above 16GB for now

Another insight to be gleaned from this memory restriction is that future Macs may need a newer Arm-based processor. It would be silly for Apple to sell a new iMac, 16-inch MacBook Pro, or Mac Pro with the M1 chip if it meant constricting configurations to 16GB of RAM, something that simply would not fly for the professional community those machines are geared toward. (We already know, thanks to a report ahead of the event from Bloomberg, that Apple is targeting a full Mac refresh using its new Arm-based chip, including a new iMac and a potential downsized version of the Mac Pro.)

There are some other key limitations with the M1 worth mentioning. Macs with the new chip will not work with external GPUs, Apple says. That’s a particularly tricky constraint for the new Mac mini, which is already hamstrung by its memory ceiling and furthermore can’t be used with a more powerful graphics chip and enclosure combo, as some of have done in the past with Apple laptops and the 2018 and earlier Mac minis. Apple also says the RAM on M1 models is not upgradable — it’s integrated into the system-on-a-chip, so you can’t upgrade an 8GB model with another stick of RAM.

All of this suggests there are good reasons why Apple is, right now at least, keeping older Intel-based MacBook Pros and the Mac mini for sale (the MacBook Air is the only model now Arm-only). Those models may not be as efficient or performant, but they allow for more memory, more versatility, and in some cases contain more ports. We might not see these other capabilities until Apple silicon is more mature.

What to expect from Apple’s Mac event .
After years of speculation, Apple announced this summer that it would start using its own chips in its computers. At this year’s WWDC keynote, the company said that its 15-year partnership with Intel would soon end. In its place, new Mac models would use ARM chips, dubbed “Apple Silicon,” similar to those already found in the iPhone and iPad. CEO Tim Cook said that he expected to ship the first Mac with Apple Silicon “by the end of this year.” Now, on Tuesday, November 10th, Apple is holding its third virtual press event of the year, dubbed “One More Thing,” and we expect we will see the first  Apple Silicon Macs.

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