Apple defends 8GB base RAM for new M3 MacBook Pro

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Apple’s new 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro has been met with some criticism for its base configuration of 8GB of unified memory.

Some users have argued that this is not enough RAM for most creative professional workflows, and that 16GB should be the bare minimum for a machine that is marketed as “Pro.”

In a recent interview, Apple’s VP of worldwide product marketing Bob Borchers has defended the decision to offer the base M3 MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM. He said that the company’s memory compression and unified memory architecture make 8GB on the M3 MacBook Pro comparable to 16GB on other systems.

“Comparing our memory to other system’s memory actually isn’t equivalent,” Borchers said. “Because the fact that we have such an efficient use of memory, and we use memory compression, and we have a unified memory architecture.”

Borchers also encouraged users to try the device before judging its performance. “I would have people come in and try what they want to do on their systems,” he said. “And they will I think see incredible performance.”

He also pointed to the other benefits that the M3 MacBook Pro offers, such as a larger display, better battery life, and additional ports. “If you look at the raw data and capabilities of these systems, it really is phenomenal,” he said.

The sources for this piece include an article in Macrumors.

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