When will Apple sell macs with atleast 1GB of ram standard?

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
I was wondering since most PC vendors are starting to sell more and more computers with 1GB of Ram standard (of course vista has a lot to do with this), I know the high end 15" MacBook Pro and 17" MacBook Pro come with 1GB, but what about the rest of the lineup?



I really think the high end iMac really should have 1GB of Ram and hopelly when apple gives them there next speed bump/spruce up they will. I'm not so sure about the low end iMac but I would love to see a Ram upgrade here aswell.



I expect all Mac Pro/Tower to have 1GB standard and i expect to see the low end MacBook Pro get the upgrade aswell.



I doubt that the Mac Mini and Macbook (same for the eMac) will get any Ram upgrade until next year but I was thinking if Apple really wanted the Black MacBook to stand out (and justify the price a little bit better) they should have included 1GB of Ram... I think that would have kept people from complaining about the price



Anyways this is my opinion but I would love to hear your opinions on the subject!
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member
    When is MacWorld '07?
  • Reply 2 of 28
    darth_appledarth_apple Posts: 199member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Ireland

    When is MacWorld '07?



    while I agree most will have the new standard by that time I still don't think the low end MacBooks/Mac Mini/Emacs will have the new standard atleast not until (perhaps) this time next year (at the earliest), but I'm not sure.



    btw it's in January
  • Reply 3 of 28
    lotharsnllotharsnl Posts: 113member
    I was thinking about how Apple offers ram, and was wondering something... Would it be beneficial for users to have 512 soldered? Or maybe, instead of however much ram the system comes with in two chips, having it in one. I'm assuming that Apple is trying to offer as much ram for as little cost as possible, which I assume means more of the less powerful, less expensive, chips. I recently read how the suggest MacBook users use both banks.. I was just curious what people would think of having the machines come with a 512 permanent, and empty banks. What would the disadvantages be?
  • Reply 4 of 28
    icfireballicfireball Posts: 2,594member
    The PowerMacs ("Mac Pros") will have it for sure.
  • Reply 5 of 28
    dh87dh87 Posts: 72member
    Topic: When will Apple sell macs with at least 1GB of ram standard?



    Answer: When 1GB is no longer enough to run the OS properly.
  • Reply 6 of 28
    mr. dirkmr. dirk Posts: 187member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by dh87

    Answer: When 1GB is no longer enough to run the OS properly.







    So true.
  • Reply 7 of 28
    Quote:

    Originally posted by dh87

    Topic: When will Apple sell macs with at least 1GB of ram standard?



    Answer: When 1GB is no longer enough to run the OS properly.




    Or when the profit margin on memory upgrades become insignificant.
  • Reply 8 of 28
    Quote:

    Originally posted by dh87

    Topic: When will Apple sell macs with at least 1GB of ram standard?



    Answer: When 1GB is no longer enough to run the OS properly.




    my feelings exactly
  • Reply 9 of 28
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,698member
    Quote:

    When will Apple sell macs with atleast 1GB of ram standard?



    When everyone else provides 2 GB of RAM standard.
  • Reply 10 of 28
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,698member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by LotharSNL

    I was just curious what people would think of having the machines come with a 512 permanent, and empty banks. What would the disadvantages be?



    The disadvantage would be that the new Intel macs are dual-channel capable. The memory bus can only operate dual-channel if memory is installed in matching pairs. Dual-channel doubles the memory bandwidth, and is particularly important in the case of the MacBook and Mac Mini, as the GPU uses system RAM.



    Soldered-in RAM instead of RAM in a slot also sucks because you can't take it out and replace it with something higher-capacity.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member
    In my crappy old opinion 1Gb is needed right now as standard!!
  • Reply 12 of 28
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Ireland

    In my crappy old opinion 1Gb is needed right now as standard!!



    Hence the reason for this thread. Try to keep up, Ireland!



    Anyhoo, Macs can run decently with 512MB right now. I think Apple probably keeps them down because they are acutely aware that their machines are ALREADY more expensive than most consumers are comfortable with. If they were to up the RAM, they'd have to up the cost and turn off many more potential buyers. It's a delicate balance.
  • Reply 13 of 28
    kim kap solkim kap sol Posts: 2,987member
    Mac Pro lineup with 1GB standard...come on, Apple...you can do it!



    Dual 2.66GHz Xeon/Woodcrests with 1GB RAM and a decent video card for $2499 for the mid-end. It's a long shot but one can dream.
  • Reply 14 of 28
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by CosmoNut

    1. Hence the reason for this thread. Try to keep up, Ireland!

    2. Anyhoo, Macs can run decently with 512MB right now.

    3. It's a delicate balance.




    1. Well observed.

    2. Wrong.

    3. Bollix.
  • Reply 15 of 28
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by kim kap sol

    Mac Pro lineup with 1GB standard...come on, Apple...you can do it!



    Hear hear
  • Reply 16 of 28
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,698member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by CosmoNut

    If they were to up the RAM, they'd have to up the cost



    Or, gasp! reduce their margins by 1%.



    Quote:

    Originally posted by Ireland

    2. Wrong.



    Well, I think Macs do o.k. with 512 MB RAM. I know that Kikahaha, for one, would disagree you.
  • Reply 17 of 28
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Mr. H



    Well, I think Macs do o.k. with 512 MB RAM. I know that Kikahaha, for one, would disagree you.




    So. I own a Mac, and I know what I see!
  • Reply 18 of 28
    icfireballicfireball Posts: 2,594member
    For the record, macs run just fine and peachy at 512 MB RAM.



    I do a lot of photoshop work at 512 and everything runs smoothly.
  • Reply 19 of 28
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by icfireball

    For the record, macs run just fine and peachy at 512 MB RAM.



    I do a lot of photoshop work at 512 and everything runs smoothly.




    I supposse that's why they're not upgradable. Actually they are! I wonder why that is? \

    "for the record" What do you think this is? A Spiderman movie.
  • Reply 20 of 28
    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Ireland



    2. Wrong.





    I run Fireworks, Firefox, and iTunes at once on a G4 Powermac with 256.
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