Fellow Mac users, do you remember the glory days of yesteryear; those days gone by when we could open up a Mac to upgrade RAM, swap out disk drives, change the graphics card, even get rid of a faulty fan or power supply to avoid a trip to the Genius Bar?
Well, those days are gone. Apple product upgrades are… insert drum roll here… history. When was the last time you upgraded a Mac to, well, anything? Apple sells about 280-million iPhones, iPads, and Macs each year. What percentage of that total can be upgraded?
As much as I hate to sound older than my years, I remember the days when I could rip out almost everything from a Mac or Windows PC. RAM, CPU, GPU, disk drives, power supply, fan, and, upon occasion, even the motherboard. These days about all I can do on anything from Apple is upgrade or update the operating system and perhaps remove a little dust or clean the display.
On the Mac about all that can be done is spray some air into the keyboard in the hopes that the air hits the right particle of dust and I can use the ‘w’ key again. I understand why iFixIt supports Right To Repair legislation. But I understand why Apple keeps today’s devices all sealed up like Fort Knox.
Upgrades to RAM, CPU, and even storage seems to be ready to fade into the history books and become the fodder for stories about yesteryear.
Well, what kind of upgrade– beyond applications and iOS updates– can you perform on an iPad or iPhone? More RAM? Nope. More storage? Uh uh. Anything you want that’s extra must be attached, and even then, must be approved by Apple.
Somewhere around 80-percent of all Macs are notebooks. MacBook Air, MacBook, MacBook Pro. A few iMacs have a user installable RAM option door behind the display. What else? The powerful iMac Pro is sealed tight. No upgrades for you!
The Mac Pro has upgradeable options, but not CPU or GPU; mostly SSD storage beyond the original. The Mac mini can be torn apart and have a few components upgraded but I’m willing to bet the next Mac mini won’t even have screws to take unbundle it from itself.
There was a day, and it doesn’t seem like ancient history, when I would stuff in an extra USB card or FireWire card into a Mac Pro chassis (the cheese grater model; the one that many Mac users call the best Mac ever made). I’ve swapped out RAM, CPUs, GPUs, power supplies, fans, and in Mac notebooks of the past hard disk drives for SSDs, and even batteries.
Today’s Macs, probably 95-percent of them, are sealed up tighter than the president’s tax returns. Apple has promised a modular Mac Pro for professionals but I would not be surprised to see it as a plug-and-play device, where all the modules come from Apple.
Apple product user upgrades are almost history.