Low End Mac Cutting Off Newer Gear

Since the whole concept of Low End Mac is getting the most out of your Mac through memory updates, bigger hard drives, SSDs, and the like, the website will begin to phase out its coverage of Macs and other Apple devices – notably iPhones and iPads – that cannot be upgraded.

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Low End Mac’s publisher, Daniel Knight, says it was a hard decision that has been coming for over a decade. The trend began with the MacBook Air, the first model introduced in January 2008 with no way to upgrade memory at all, and Apple also offered no storage options. There were two configurations – horridly slow 1.8″ iPod hard drive or early generation SSD.

While some businesses do offer upgrades for these and other Macs, the only real upgrades are for storage. With memory soldered to the system board, upgrading RAM is not a possibility.

Knight says that this actually makes these models lower than low-end, but that the fixed RAM puts them outside the scope of the website.

Effective April 1, 2018, Low End Mac will begin replacing the profiles of Macs with fixed memory, replacing those pages with a banner stating:

This Model Has Been Deemed Too Low-End for Low End Mac

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we have to focus on our strengths. We hope to have the process completed by the website’s 21st anniversary on April 7, 2018.

 – Anne Onymus

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