On Apple’s “Non-Upgradable” MacBooks

by Christopher Paul on June 18, 2012

Computers are moving away from complex tools of calculation and precision to appliances that let people do what they need to do. With the advances in mobile computing, well, the iPhone, and sister devices like the iPad, tablets and other smartphones, people just want to turn the device on and have it work.

Gone are the days were jumpers had to be set, IRQs had to be allocated properly, or ports had to run at the same speed. Now, computers need to just do what people tell them to do from the start – no thinking by humans to make it happen other than to recall one’s password.

For good or for ill, people are moving towards disposable, replaceable computing. They don’t care what it takes to make it work nor do they care what anyone (in this case, Apple) must do to fix something that’s not working. They know that’s Apple’s problem and as long as Apple can deliver a working appliance with all their data in tact (iCloud), they don’t care that the memory is fixed; they’ll just replace the computer with another disposable device when ready or necessary.

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