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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
    I'm buying the latest 13" MPA, 128GB SSD (Which I will upgrade later to a higher SSD capacity through OWC), but I was wondering is the 4GB of RAM really enough? Since it can't be upgraded later, I was thinking maybe I should just go with the 8GB but that will cost me. A friend told me that the 4GB is already fast enough, since it's also runs on SSD.
    So should I go for the 4GB or save up and get the 8GB?

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    The latest MacBook Airs use flash storage just like what's in an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. You cannot upgrade to a different SSD later.
    Get the most storage and RAM you can afford because there's no increasing either later on down the road.

    You might find a previous gen MBA in the refurbished store and those you can change out the SSD.
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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdeh View Post
    So should I go for the 4GB or save up and get the 8GB?
    You would probably be fine with 4gig for a while. But if you plan on keeping it more than 2 years...I would really get the 8gig. 8gig will also be a MUCH more attractive selling point when it comes time to sell it.

    The 8gig upgrade is only $100 extra...just get it...you won't be disappointed!

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    I have the mid 2011 MBA (not MPA) with 4 GB RAM.

    I'd say get 8 - forget you ever heard about 4.

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?

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    Thanks, I guess I'll pay the extra $100 and get the 8GB of RAM

    Quote Originally Posted by MYmacROX View Post
    You cannot upgrade to a different SSD later.
    Get the most storage and RAM you can afford because there's no increasing either later on down the road.
    Someone also told me the same thing about neither one being able to be upgraded later, but then I saw this OWC 480GB Aura Pro 6G SSD for the 2012 MacBook Air

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdeh View Post
    Someone also told me the same thing about neither one being able to be upgraded later, but then I saw this OWC 480GB Aura Pro 6G SSD for the 2012 MacBook Air
    The MBA's SSD can be upgraded:

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    I would go for 8gb of ram. You want something that will be fast for a long period of time. And yes, you can upgrade the SSD in the new MacBook airs.

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    As pointed out above, the MacBook Air Flash storage can be updated, however, it's expensive to do - but can be done. Other World Computing sells the replacement Flash storage and has instructions on how to replace it.

    Replacement flash storage for the new Retina machines as of right now is not available. I'm not sure if flash storage on the retina machines is soldered in or mounted through a connector like the ones in the MacBook Air.

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    The 13" Late 2012 rMBP seems to have a similar SSD as opposed to being soldered on..

    MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Teardown - iFixit

    I believe it's the RAM that is soldered on..

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    4GB RAM Enough for Latest MBA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    As pointed out above, the MacBook Air Flash storage can be updated, however, it's expensive to do - but can be done. Other World Computing sells the replacement Flash storage and has instructions on how to replace it.

    Replacement flash storage for the new Retina machines as of right now is not available. I'm not sure if flash storage on the retina machines is soldered in or mounted through a connector like the ones in the MacBook Air.
    Correct. I was only addressing the SSD question. It sounded like the OP was only interested in an SSD and that wouldn't work with the new MBA. But I guess I should have offered up the option of upgradable flash storage.

    If OP has his/her heart set on a "SSD", get last gen MBA. If OP doesn't mind extra expense and difficulty of upgrading "flash storage", get a new MBA.
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