Apple is preparing to release a new MacBook Pro and rumors say that the laptop will have an OLED panel, USB-C port, butterfly keyboard and the latest Skylake processor. Pretty existing, isn’t it? Well, not all Apple fans are ready to ditch their old models and one of the reasons is that they don’t have at least $1,100 to spend on the current laptop (with a 13-inch display, or $1,300 on the Retina 13-inch variant). Some users have found a way to fall in love again with their old MacBook Pros and to extend their lifespan until 2020 or longer.
The 2012 MacBook Pro 13-inch was released with 4GB of RAM and when opening 10-20 tabs on Chrome, the laptop becomes very slow, performing just like an Android flagship with the same amount of memory, when facing too many tasks. It doesn’t matter that the processor is a dual-core Intel Core i5 clocked at 2.5GHz, as long as the RAM is insufficient to cope with the everyday work tasks.
Fortunately, instead of spending a lot of money on a new MacBook Pro, here’s a better solution for you: buy 8GB of RAM and install it yourself. It’s very simple and once you reboot your laptop and open the usual websites, you’ll see that they’re loading faster. So, why not buying more RAM? Upgrade your old MacBook Pro to 16GB and you’ll get the best performance without needing to buy a new laptop. The 2012 MacBook Pro has another variant with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor that’s backed by 8GB of RAM, so, if you add 16GB of RAM, you’ll turn your laptop into a monster that is as fast as the 2015 model, and you’ll save $1,800. Well, you’ll spend less than $200 on RAM, but it’s a smart investment.
Let’s not forget that the larger 15-inch variant of the 2012 MacBook Pro comes with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor that’s clocked at either 2.3GHz (4GB of RAM) or 2.6GHz (8GB of RAM) and by adding more RAM, you’ll make your laptop as good as a 2015 model.