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I have this Macbook Pro with the following specs:

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anyone know if it's possible to switch out the RAM for an upgrade to 16GB?

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No, you can't! As stated in Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch "Core i5" 2.3 Mid-2017 Specs:

This notebook also packs 8 GB of onboard 2133 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM (which could be upgraded to 16 GB at the time of purchase [for US$200], but cannot be upgraded later)

In a teardown of a similar notebook (a MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2017) the RAM is visible outlined in green - it's apparently soldered:

Motherboard*:

MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2017 Motherboard


* Source: iFixit.com. Photo credit: Sam Goldheart and licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

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    damn, that is hardcore lame Jan 27, 2020 at 22:17
  • It's increasingly common on HP, Dell and other laptops, too: in order to reduce costs, power consumption, points of failure and form factor.
    – benwiggy
    Jan 30, 2020 at 10:51

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