These days Apple is making more and more computers which are not customisable anymore once you bought them. It is a very sad reality which I can only attribute to the never decreasing hunger of Apple for more and more profits. Pity as that shouldn’t be the end goal I would think.
You can modify the Apple computer at the time of your purchase. But all the options are so overpriced it is a bit shameful. For example the 512GB SSD disk for a MacBook Pro 13” costs 650€. When in reality we at 'Mac in Barcelona' will be selling such an SSD drive at less than 250€ when bought separately.
Which brings us to the reality that these days what determines the speed of a computer for ordinary daily use is not so much the processor speed, which is usually high enough, but having such a fast and robust SSD drive and also enough Ram memory if you run a recent system. As for example the MacBook Pro (15” late 2008) of already 6 years old which can be upgraded to 8GB Ram and an SSD drive of choice can still perfectly serve.
What happens most often when you end up going to an Apple Store is that they sell you a computer off the shelf which is often not really configured for a prolonged usage. How often have I encountered Apple users with a cute MacBook Air with a foolishly small 64GB or 128GB flash drive. And then their flash drive gets filled up, the MacBook starts to malfunction and they think they need to buy new.
Well… luckily the older generations (until 2012) of MacBook Airs can also be upgraded with a bigger flash drive. Something the Apple Store won’t tell you about. Unfortunately the Ram can’t be modified. Just as is the case with all the MacBook Pro Retina computers, the iMac 21.5” and the latest version of the Mac Mini.
In general my advice would be to all the current owners of Apple computers: Don’t get rid of your current computer too quickly as it is very likely that you will not upgrade as far as investment is concerned and not even upgrade much as far as performance is concerned. You will possibly not need the additional speed of a new computer if you upgrade your own computer with an SSD drive and 8GB Ram which will cost a fraction of a new properly configured Apple computer.
And if you buy new… don’t necessarily buy one off the shelf. Maybe check out what the options are online on the Apple Store. And if you are not familiar with recognising what should be the correct configuration befitting your needs, give us a call, send us a mail. You can get what you need through us, ‘Mac in Barcelona' and also the assistance for whatever else you are wishing to do with your computer. Whether you are a private user or a professional user, alone or in a company environment, we are happy to assist.
We just want to generate happy Apple users. We present our service to make this possible.