Re: I'm in a similar dilemma with my 2008 unibody 13" MacBook 8GB ram 256GB SSD
Not sure what your drinking but I want some.
Not an apple customer either. With my recent laptop upgrade I too don't expect to upgrade storage for a while. 512G maybe pushing it for now, which is why my lenovo P50 has 2TB of SSD (2x512G samsung 950 pro and 1x1TB samsung 850 pro). My previous laptop(2011) had a 512G samsung 850 pro as well(that laptop went through 3 HD upgrades over it's life )
For a 'tech pro' 512G is likely bare minimum these days.
And how is 3GB per sec enough for swapping in place of ram? I looked up the specs of my i7 6820HQ cpu and it has 34 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth. I assume that is with all 4 memory slots filled, currently using 2(16G upgradable to 64G)
My 6 year old toshiba with i7 620M CPU apparently has 17 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth.
Apple has the money and skill to make machines for that market, probably their longest most loyal userbase. I bet most of them would be perfectly happy with the older form factors just with updated components.
Sad that they just don't care.