The April 2014 update of Apple's 13" MacBook Air features refreshed dual-core i5 and i7 processors, plus slightly increased battery performance.

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Can I upgrade the memory ram in a Mabook Air Early 2014?

can i upgrade the memory ram in a Mabook Air 2014?

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That"sBS! hy don't they tell you that when you buy it?


Let me suggest that adding memory to a computer with a solid state drive will make much less difference than for one with a hard drive. When you exceed memory capacity the computer goes to 'swap memory', using the storage device. For computers with a spinning hard drive this slows things down immensely, but the hit is not so much for a computer with a solid state drive; it's basically the same thing as the memory chips. Different bus will slow things down, but not hugely.

So I would hazard that upgrading the memory in a macbook air just wouldn't be worth it even if you could do it yourself.


Very true Brian! But... You need to have free space on the SSD drive which is often forgotten! I strongly recommend leaving 1/4 to 1/3 of the drive free. The larger free space on smaller SSD's.


@ joan clawson: Apple DOES tell you!!! People can't read or choose not to read. The website shows "Memory 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory Configurable to 8GB." and when you click "BUY", you see a button "How much memory is right for you?" If you click that button, you see a full explanation of memory with "it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase, as RAM is not upgradeable in this model." For 2014, it was even more direct, with no need to click any "How much memory is right for you?" button. The warning was right out in the open in the choices of memory. Did you expect the website to have one inch high letters warning "MEMORY IS ON-BOARD. YOU CANNOT CHANGE IT AFTER PURCHASE"???


Apple assumes (perhaps not rightfully) that in 2016, buyers know that the new technology is on-board memory (which is faster, like a cell phone's memory), and removable RAM sticks are outdated technology.


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Sadly, no

Apple soldered the RAM to the logic board.

The good news here is sometime in the future you should be able to upgrade the SSD, its replaceable! Presently there are a few vendors looking at making upgrades for this series just not available yet.

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As of 2.5 years later, the only aftermarket vendor who makes SSDs compatible with laptops from mid-2013 or later is still OtherWorld Computing/OWC. Fortunately, OWC's cards can be swapped between MacBook Pro Retinas and MacBook Airs from this period.


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