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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has storage you can’t upgrade

by Todd Haselton | November 15, 2016November 15, 2016 11:00 am PDT

Here’s more bad news for folks who might be interested in buying one of Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar computers: You won’t be able to upgrade the storage.

MacRumors first reported on the news after a reader mailed in an image of a 15-inch model where the solid state drive (SSD) was soldered to the mainboard. Another reader told the news outlet that the same is true of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. This doesn’t seem to be the case with the standard entry-level model that doesn’t have a Touch Bar.

You can’t upgrade the storage on your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

While it might not seem like a big deal, it actually is. If you buy the entry-level model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you’re only getting 256GB of built-in storage. That’s not much these days as applications increase in size. I typically like to have at least 512GB of storage on my computers, or a terabyte on my gaming machines.

The good news is that most professional photographers and videographers that I know tend to carry external hard drives anyway. It just stinks for folks who might one day run out of space.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...