It looks like those new MacBooks might not be limited to 4Gb of RAM like Apple says on its website. As people who run a Mac Mini with 4Gb of RAM , we can attest to the fact that Apple’s RAM specs are artificially set and might not always be the gawd’s honest truth.
While we don’t yet have official confirmation from NVIDIA (snap!- now we do), the 9400M chipset seems like it would be able to support much more than 4Gb. Some will argue that it is a 32-bit chipset, thereby limiting the amount of RAM to 4Gb. Not true. The desktop equivalent 9300 32-bit chipset maxes out at 8Gb of RAM. They would be unlikely to limit the max RAM on a higher model chipset.
Oh, and you can pick up a few 4GB, 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-8500 memory modules from Crucial for $590/each. What a bargain :/ Anyone out there have anymore insight?
UPDATE: NVIDIA PR got back to me (on a Sunday no less!!) The definititive answer:
Yes! 8Gb MacBooks should be no problem:
Yes, an 8GB system can be built using two such SODIMMs after the memory is qualified with GF 9400M.
I’m curious why you were thinking of loading up on memory? In terms of gaming perf, going from 4GB to 8GB of system memory would have little to no effect.
Perhaps Apple is waiting on 4Gb Modules to come down before offering it as an option?
They raise a pretty good point…
As owner of a jailbroken iPhone and very satisfied user of Qik, I have to say that all of you ‘unjailbrokens’ out there are in for a pleasant surprise. According to sometimes on (nano) sometimes off (BluRay), Kevin Rose, the deviant little app is on its way to the App Store. Hopefully they won’t have to cripple it too much to get it on there.
This little app uses your iPhone’s camera to upload live streaming video to Qik’s server where onlookers can watch as live events unfold. Frankly we’re not sure why a Stevenote hasn’t fallen victem to Qik’s eyes yet.
Last month I sent news of my son’s birth out live via Qik on my iPhone. It worked wonderfully. (crying baby alert)
Andy Zaky of Seeking Alpha and Bullish Cross believes he can beat the street on Apple sales/earnings predictions…and he’s got some proof to back it up. He’s been pretty solid against most analysts and was very accurate for the 3rd fiscal quarter. If you believe his bullish numbers for the 4th quarter, AAPL is going to do well on Tuesday. Apple might even have sold 3 million computers in a quarter for the first time in history.
Zaky is not too far off the party line on everything except iPhones where he’s predicting sales of almost 8 million this quarter -almost double the Wall St. analyst’s consensus. A lot of that is based on the IMEI number counting going on at MacObserver forums. We’ll see how that pans out on Tuesday.