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All of the Retina series systems (both 13" and 15") have soldered RAM so you will need to buy your system with the exact memory you think you'll need upfront. There is no economical way to upgrade it later.
 
All of the Retina series systems currently (both 13" and 15") have a removable SSD unit '''BUT!''' There are very few 3rd parties that make the SSD that will fit your system. So far only the earlier models have options. Review OWC & Transcend web sites. You maybe able to buy a used Apple SSD but mostly the smaller ones are found from the better suppliers (check IFIXIT store front). There are a lot of Craigs List & eBay sales from bogus and junk units which won't work. So be careful if you go down that path. So the bottom line here its iffy if you'll be able to upgrade in the future. So its better again to buy what you need upfront.
 
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Buy
'''Options:''' Buy a used non-retina MacBook Pro! The last generations are upgradable both memory & storage. Yes, they are heaver & don't have the retina display but thats the tradeoff if you want a system which you can upgrade. As for processing speed the difference so far is not that much to worry about. Sure this will change andas Intel introduces better CPU's in the next few years but for now this is the better direction for many peoplepeople who what more control of their system.

FYI: The new MacBook that just came out doesn't offer any upgradability everything is soldered in
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Options:
Buy
'''Options:''' Buy a used non-retina MacBook Pro! The last generations are upgradable both memory & storage. Yes, they are heaver & don't have the retina display but thats the tradeoff if you want a system which you can upgrade. As for processing speed the difference so far is not that much to worry about. Sure this will change andas Intel introduces better CPU's in the next few years but for now this is the better direction for many peoplepeople who what more control of their system.

FYI: The new MacBook that just came out doesn't offer any upgradability everything is soldered in
.

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All of the Retina series systems (both 13" and 15") have soldered RAM so you will need to buy your system with the exact memory you think you'll need upfront. There is no economical way to upgrade it later.
 
All of the Retina series systems currently (both 13" and 15") have a removable SSD unit '''BUT!''' There are very few 3rd parties that make the SSD that will fit your system. So far only the earlier models have options. Review OWC & Transcend web sites. You maybe able to buy a used Apple SSD but mostly the smaller ones are found from the better supplierssuppliers (check IFIXIT store front). There are a lot of Craigs List & eBay sales from bogus and junk units which won't work. So be careful if you go down that path. So the bottom line here its iffy if you'll be able to upgrade in the future. So its beretbetter again to buy what you need upfront.
All of the Retina series systems currently (both 13" and 15") have a removable SSD unit '''BUT!''' There are very few 3rd parties that make the SSD that will fit your system. So far only the earlier models have options. Review OWC & Transcend web sites. You maybe able to buy a used Apple SSD but mostly the smaller ones are found from the better supplierssuppliers (check IFIXIT store front). There are a lot of Craigs List & eBay sales from bogus and junk units which won't work. So be careful if you go down that path. So the bottom line here its iffy if you'll be able to upgrade in the future. So its beretbetter again to buy what you need upfront.
 
Options: Buy
Buy
a used non-retina MacBook Pro! The last generations are upgradable both memory & storage. Yes, they are heaver & don't have the retina display but thats the tradeoff if you want a system which you can upgrade. As for processing speed the difference so far is not that much to worry about. Sure this will change and Intel introduces better CPU's in the next few years but for now this is the better direction for many people.
Options: Buy
Buy
a used non-retina MacBook Pro! The last generations are upgradable both memory & storage. Yes, they are heaver & don't have the retina display but thats the tradeoff if you want a system which you can upgrade. As for processing speed the difference so far is not that much to worry about. Sure this will change and Intel introduces better CPU's in the next few years but for now this is the better direction for many people.

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Edit by: Dan ,

Text:

All of the Retina series systems (both 13" and 15") have soldered RAM so you will need to buy your system with the exact memory you think you'll need upfront. There is no economical way to upgrade it later.
 
All of the Retina series systems currently (both 13" and 15") have a removable SSD unit '''BUT!''' There are very few 3rd parties that make the SSD that will fit your system. So far only the earlier models have options. Review OWC & Transcend web sites. You maybe able to buy a used Apple SSD but mostly the smaller ones are found from the better suppliers. There are a lot of Craigs List & eBay sales from bogus and junk units which won't work. So be careful if you go down that path. So the bottom line here its iffy if you'll be able to upgrade in the future. So its beret again to buy what you need upfront.
All of the Retina series systems currently (both 13" and 15") have a removable SSD unit '''BUT!''' There are very few 3rd parties that make the SSD that will fit your system. So far only the earlier models have options. Review OWC & Transcend web sites. You maybe able to buy a used Apple SSD but mostly the smaller ones are found from the better suppliers. There are a lot of Craigs List & eBay sales from bogus and junk units which won't work. So be careful if you go down that path. So the bottom line here its iffy if you'll be able to upgrade in the future. So its beret again to buy what you need upfront.
 
Options: Buy a used non-retina MacBook Pro! The last generations are upgradable both memory & storage. Yes, they are heaver & don't have the retina display but thats the tradeoff if you want a system which you can upgrade. As for processing speed the difference so far is not that much to worry about. Sure this will change and Intel introduces better CPU's in the next few years but for now this is the better direction for many people.

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All of the Retina series systems (both 13" and 15") have soldered RAM so you will need to buy your system with the exact memory you think you'll need upfront. There is no economical way to upgrade it later.

All of the Retina series systems (both 13" and 15") have a removable SSD unit '''BUT!''' There are very few 3rd parties that make the SSD that will fit your system. So far only the earlier models have options. Review OWC & Transcend web sites. You maybe able to buy a used Apple SSD but mostly the smaller ones are found from the better suppliers. There are a lot of Craigs List & eBay sales from bogus and junk units which won't work. So be careful if you go down that path. So the bottom line here its iffy if you'll be able to upgrade in the future. So its beret again to buy what you need upfront.

Options: Buy a used non-retina MacBook Pro! The last generations are upgradable both memory & storage. Yes, they are heaver & don't have the retina display but thats the tradeoff if you want a system which you can upgrade. As for processing speed the difference so far is not that much to worry about. Sure this will change and Intel introduces better CPU's in the next few years but for now this is the better direction for many people.

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