Yes that seems to be the question, how many people will be affected?
What tech journalists seem to be focusing as their latest whine is that the SSD and the RAM is fixed to the motherboard meaning that realistically you need to predict the most RAM and SSD size that you are going to need over the expected life of your MacBook Pro purchase.
So in real terms how many people actually upgrade those features on their MacBook?
Let’s expand this question, how many people actually upgrade features on their laptop’s at all? Surprisingly very few people. Sure there are some that would buy the cheaper model so that they could add, third party, RAM & SSD to a device that they purchased cheaper because they had selected the lowest memory and maybe a spinning hard drive but those are few and far between.
In fact the only upgrade I ever made was a Toshiba Laptop where I increased the RAM because it was struggling to run Windows (no surprise there) in the 2GB that Toshiba had installed which was embarrassing low for a high end device and I only did that because they made it fairly easy with nice little hatches that you opened and did the upgrade without dismantling the whole device.
Look at the number of people that buy their device and then use it, and use it, and use it and don’t care about the speed or it slowing down. In general I’d say that there is purely just a tiny percentage of those that would ever self-upgrade a purchased product.
Apple Tax? How does that affect people?
Apple Tax as many know is the Tech Journalist Whining term for the high cost of extra RAM or larger SSD etc that they see as a tax on users but as one blogger/journalist complained
“It will cost me an extra $400 for the upgrade on the SSD for the Macbook whereas I could buy an SSD for $400 with the same capacity and do it myself”.
Yes you see the idiocy of the whole statement. If he was a smart person he would have paid the Apple upgrade fee, not had to do the work himself, had an Apple warranty on the upgrade and not voided the devices warranty. The same with the RAM. Sure he could buy cheaper sourced RAM and install it himself previously but again the same warranty issues would have arisen, So just order your device with the largest SSD you think you will need, the largest RAM that you think you would and utilize the device.
Do they think that it is a betrayal of past loyalty? I think so! I really think that these people feel that Apple should be cater to their niche requirements as opposed to having more hardware fixed onto the motherboard permanently during manufacture which actually improves reliability and cuts costs.
If they’re not catering for the niche, self-upgraders, who are they catering for?
Apple are catering for the majority and the majority don’t care about upgrading they just care about their device doing what they do most of and the majority of us don’t edit 4K video, we don’t run a gazillion applications at the same time. Most of our usage is email, looking at social media, curating photographs and streaming video. Many of us are doing that adequately on devices that are 3, 4 or even 10 years old or more and we are only purchasing a replacement when that device finally gives up, most of those devices are doing video quite successfully with just 4GB or less memory.
The niche tends to be people that grossly over-estimate their needs or usage or believed the guff literature that many of the hardware manufacturers for years that allowed for customization of specifications would push that you need this much memory to do tasks. Back then their customization was mostly just what a user would do anyway and was really to make life easier for those that are not comfortable with upgrading themselves but those days have started to quickly pass us all by when it comes to laptops.
In fact Apple is not alone in moving towards a less upgradable product range, as the devices are made lighter and slimmer they ability to build in user-upgradability becomes harder and these manufacturers now tend to make it clear.
Why do we hear people whine about Apple’s lack of user upgradability more than those of Windows based Laptops?
Quite simply I think that Apple customers tend to be more prone to whining because other manufacturers would tell them exactly where to go. These people tend to feel that they have a right to whine about the slightest thing because they pay a little bit extra for Apple Hardware and it only takes one or two whining assholes to make a lot of noise, you rarely hear people shouting and screaming about how satisfied with Apple’s products. These whining customers are the same ones that fill an Apple Store demanding that the slightest issue is fixed while the device is under warranty. These whining assholes are the same ones that Apple Store staff really hate and make them love the rest of us that only go in when there is a true crisis or problem with our purchase or we need advice or help.
So for those of us that are normal real users try and predict what your needs will be in the future during the life of your MacBook and then pay Apple for the upgrades when you order online and be happy and enjoy your device. Don’t worry about what some Tech Journalist or someone that claims to be a ‘pro-user’ claims or whines about, they’re normally talking shit or talking down to us as normal users of their products. If your older Mac can edit video perfectly well then the new MacBook Pro will edit the same video and you can choose to use to upgrade to more memory when you purchase just because you feel it may be worth you having it installed and don’t care about the asinine griping from the pro-user and journalists they’re mostly full of themselves and full of shit!
Remember that when it comes to lack of expandability it is only a minority that really get upset about and out of that minority it is a tiny percentage of those that would be affected.