Originally Posted by Slurpy
Soldering on RAM has many advantages in terms of manufacturing speed and efficiency, as well as reliability. This bitching and whining is exactly the same as the bitching and whining that occurs every time Apple makes a change to streamline, simplify, and move things forward, whether it be getting rid of floppy drives, firewire connector, making batteries non-replaceable, removing optical drives, making OSX download only, etc etc. Every single time, these led to BETTER overall products. This latest movie is the mildest of them all, since it's just on ONE iMac model that anyone who knows anything about technology probably wouldn't choose anyway. Big fucking deal. Noone who would buy this will need more than 8GB for a very long time, as I've been fine with 4GB for the last few years and I'm a heavy user of all adobe apps.
Smartphone prices are heavily subsidized which makes it easy to upgrade every couple of years for a lot of people. A desktop computer? Not so much.
I've never been one to protest abandoning old technology. I explicitly waited for Apple to dump optical drives in their MBPs before I upgraded mine. I happily accept that my iPhone lacks an easily removable battery in exchange for the beautiful and high quality design and build quality. I'm happy that Apple introduced Lightning cables despite rendering older cables and accessories obsolete.
But I think desktop Macs, given their high cost and broader use cases, are not the best candidates for a sealed, non-upgradeable design. I think most users will demand upgradeable storage and RAM in a $2000+ machine. I'm open to something that may require a technician to upgrade, but not something like an SSD or RAM soldered to the logic board.
BTW, if you can happily multi-task bloated Adobe apps with just 4GB of RAM I salute you - you're are a far more patient person than I am. ;)