See OWC's offerings for possible choices. The max amount you can have is indeed 16GB.
Specs: PC3-10600 1333MHZ SO-DIMM 204 Pin
You don't, of course have to buy from OWC, but you can at least see their choices and prices. I recommened them as a reliable source of ram.
Apple will only put in 8GB and then it's a lot of money, it increases to $435 if you walk out the door with the new machine.
On the other hand you can put in 16GB by yourself and not void your AppleCare/warranty as long as you don't break anything in the process. The new RAM isn't covered of course, replace the original RAM when returning the machine for repairs.
Yes, the latest generation of MacBook Pros can take 16GB RAM, although Apple says the max is 8GB and won't sell you more than that on customized orders. If you're gunning for max tax deductions, by all means go whole hog: 2.5GHz, widescreen antiglare display, large SSD. Else, the 2.5GHz option (vs. the 2.4GHz) is overpriced overkill).
And yes, the 16GB RAM won't be covered by Apple for a year or three, but it will be covered by the manufacturer's lifetime warranty.
So, not sure why I keep seeing on the forums people questioning whether others might actually need 16GB of RAM. I guess they don't actually know what to do with a computer other than browsing the web and listening to music.
Also, based on those comments I guess the New Macbook Retina with 16GB RAM will not sell since its overkill
My own experience from upgrading to 16GB 2012 MBP 15":
I am a business professional too, and just bought the 2012 MBP 15". I upgraded to 16GB on my own with OWC 16GB (2x8GB) for $160. Worth every penny.
It truly amazes me what my applications use:
I run: Parallels Win-32 with Word, Outlook, Excel and a few productibity apps
Thunderbird (alone takes 400 MB Ram)
Acrobat, Chrome, Evernote...
And my machine eats 7-11 GB RAM for those applications alone.
So 8GB is not enough. You could buy a 8GB stick and keep 2GB stick to get 10GB is you want to
It is now so fast I'll put off swapping my hard drive for a SSD. Many blogs and articles will tell you that you
do not need more than 8GB is you do not do games or media/video work, but this is wrong since a many
office software need lots of memory. The virtual machine works wonderfully and allowed me from not having
to buy any software since I already owned them for Windows.
Hope this helps.
I bought the latest MacBook Pro 15 last week (Intel 2.6 i7, 750GB HD, and 8GB RAM out of the box).
I now own this MacBook Pro 15, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd gen.), and a 2011 iMac 27 - - My wife has an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and MacBook Air 13 (which I gave her with this recent MacBook 15 purchase - only 6 months of use) -- My daughter has the iPhone 5, iPad (2nd gen - which I gave to her after about 6 months of use), and a MacBook Pro13 (which I gave her when heading to college this past Fall - getting the MacBook Air 13 for myself as a replacement). There are benefits for being in The Davenport Projex :-)
The latest MacBook Pro 15 has many superb updates from the previous model. What was a deal maker for me was that RAM speed capability has been bumped up to 1600 MHz. I wanted to take advantage of that speed by updating the RAM from 8GB installed out of the box to 16GB of after market memory.
Because of the ease upgrading my iMac 27 to 16GB with Crucial Memory, I stuck with Crucial Memory for the MacBook 15 RAM upgrade to 16GB (cost was $125 + shipping). This was also a flawless RAM upgrade. After installing the new RAM and rebooting my Mac, the system recognized the update instantaneously (and yes, it is significantly faster!)
I recommend Crucial Memory for any MAC do-it-yourselfer user.
1. Remove bottom cover
2. Insert new memory
3. Replace bottom cover
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