The March 2015 update of Apple's 13" MacBook Pro Retina Display, model A1502, features fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and introduces the Force Touch trackpad.

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Is 8 GB of RAM and the stock drive enough power for design programs?

I'm looking for experienced feedback from people who have used an 8 GB of RAM with a 2015 MacBook Pro with the stock drive to run adobe CS 5 programs simultaneously.

I had a 2010 machine and was able to upgrade my RAM myself but apparently Apple is going the extra mile to make money by soldering the chips to the board so you can't upgrade the newer models on your own. 8 GB seemed like enough on my older machine. I also hadn't updated to Sierra yet.

Any advice is appreciated. I'm also considering a 2012.

Can you replace the battery yourself on a 2012 MacBook Pro?

Thanks for any feedback.

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The older non-retina models still allow you to upgrade the RAM & storage. See if you can find one of the last models.


Which 2012 model do you want to change the batter on? Retina or non-retina?


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I'm not very familiar with apple, but running Photoshop isn't as hard as most think. My 2009 computer was perfectly capable of running Photoshop CC 2015, and it had a regular SSHD and 8GB DDR3 ram. Your Mac with DDR4 ram and (probably) an SSD would blow my old PC's doors. No problem with performance. You will have no snags, even if your workflow is 4K/5K. If your talking about CAD (SketchUp, fusion 360) software too, you should also be fine.

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What's the exact model? Processor? By sotck HD on a 2015 Macbook Pro you're talking about an SSD hard drive which absolutely blows out stock HDs on 2010 Macbook Pros, these were 5400 rpm drives.

Anyways for Photoshop and Illustrator CS5 that should be pretty good.

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Thanks. That's what I was curious about. If the stock drive in the newer models was a solid state. I should be good to go.


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