Apple Drops Build-to-Order RAM and Hard Drive Prices, Offers New RAM Options

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While today's big news has been the release of new MacBook Pros, the downtime on Apple's online store also brought a number of other changes for other machines, primarily in the areas of build-to-order hard drive and RAM upgrades.

    On the hard drive front, build-to-order upgrades to 500 GB hard drives on the MacBook and Mac mini saw $50 price drops. The MacBook comes with a 250 GB hard drive standard, with an upgrade to 320 GB priced at $50 and an upgrade to 500 GB priced at $100. The upgrade to 500 GB was previously priced at $150 over the base model. The Mac mini with its baseline 320 GB hard drive saw a similar change, with the upgrade charge for a 500 GB hard drive dropping from $100 to $50.


    Apple's new Mac mini RAM and hard drive pricing
    The Mac mini was also one of a number of machines to see changes to high-end RAM offerings, with the upgrade to 8 GB (2 x 4 GB sticks) now bringing an upcharge of $300 over the base 2 x 1 GB configuration, down from a $500 surcharge previously.

    The iMac also sees some RAM tweaks, with the 21.5-inch model seeing the upgrade to 8 GB model holding the same $200 charge as before but moving from a 4 x 2 GB configuration to a 2 x 4 GB configuration, leaving the door open for further upgrades in the two remaining slots.

    The 27-inch iMac sees a simplified and reduced price RAM upgrade structure, building off of the standard 4 GB model in a 2 x 2 GB configuration. Apple had previously offered two separate upgrades to 8 GB in 4 x 2 GB (+$200) and 2 x 4 GB (+$400) configurations, but Apple now offers only the 2 x 4 GB configuration at the lower $200 charge. Apple also lowered the price of the 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) upgrade from $1000 to $600.

    Finally, the Mac Pro also saw shifts in RAM availability and pricing, with Apple for the first time offering direct build-to-order options for up to 64 GB of RAM using 8 GB modules. On the low-end quad-core Mac Pro model, RAM pricing remains the same up to 8 GB, but Apple has reduced pricing on the 12 GB and 16 GB configurations from $1275 to $525 and $1775 to $775 respectively. Now inheriting the old price points are new 24 GB ($1275) and 32 GB ($1775) options.


    Apple's new 8-core Mac Pro RAM pricing
    And on the 8-core and 12-core Mac Pros, pricing similarly remains as before through 16 GB, while the 24 GB upgrade slides from $2550 to $1050 and the 32 GB upgrade moves from $3550 to $1550. New 48 GB and 64 GB options are now available at the $2550 and $3550 price points respectively.

    Article Link: Apple Drops Build-to-Order RAM and Hard Drive Prices, Offers New RAM Options
  2. zin macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
  3. Velorium macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2009
    Better than nothing for those who won't buy 3rd party upgrades.
  4. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Still way overpriced, but better than it was I guess.
  5. powerless macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009
    But no increase which is the next best thing!
  6. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Exactly, and this is the one thing that's easy to change out yourself on any Mac.

    $200! I think 8GB (2x4GB 204-pin DDR3 SODIMMS) will set you back about $80 from NewEgg? Unless you needed to have the RAM covered under AppleCare, I'm not sure why anyone would opt for the spendy memory. (I keep the old memory around in the off chance I might have to return the computer for service.)
  7. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    I see that too. I had no idea RAM prices remained the same in the UK for a year and aren't susceptible to price cuts like the US.
    This doesn't help my looming desire to switch away from Apple.
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Many people can't install RAM. Yes many people are truely incompentnet with screw drivers and don't even own one. They would have to pay $100 to have the $80 RAM installed.

    You have to remember not to compare the price of un-instaled RAM to the price of installed RAM. Apple is close enough on the installed price to make people just buy it rom Apple.

    That said I'd never bay Apple's price as I own many screwdrivers

    BTW, I put a RAM upgrade into a Dell "mini" (1018). I had to remove a dozen tiny screws the keyboard, trackpad the entire front cover the disk drive and it's mounting hardware and several very tiny ribbon cable connectors to expose the RAM slot. the a dozen parts had to be put back, heat sink greese reapplied It is 100% not suitable for most end users to even attempt.

    People not in the know might think putting RAM into a Macbook Pro is that hard and if so they's be smart to hire the job out for $100
  9. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    64GB of RAM? Does your computer go hyper-speed or is there no point?
  10. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
  11. BS0D macrumors newbie


    Aug 16, 2008
    funny how everyone looks at this as "cheaper" upgrades, when it is WAAAAAY overpriced. outrageous price policy of apple, legendary.
  12. voyagerd macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2002
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    No... your computer just goes snail speed when you use all the RAM and it has to use the hard drive. I've been waiting 47 hours for a render to complete since all 12GB of my RAM is used...
  13. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
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    Raping the stupid and incompetent a little less brutally.
  14. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    Does anyone else things these BTO price drops indicate that the next updates to the other Macs are still a while off?
  15. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    In that case, the more RAM the better?
  16. franswa za macrumors 6502a

    franswa za

    Mar 24, 2010
    south africa
    maybe it is something to do with libya or oil or the fact that the white house does not take action, or try OWC for proper ram?


    ps- no vested interests here.. hahaha
  17. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Better than nothing of course. I'm still convinced the stock hard drives are better than third party ones. They run much quieter.
  18. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    I'm with you.

    4GB (2x2GB) for my 2009 MacBook Pro, Apple price £160, Crucial £29.

    Apple do not offer 8GB, but I got 2x4GB from Crucial for £68 last month.
  19. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    No, thanks. I'll stick with Crucial.

    How clueless does someone have to be in order to purchase memory from Apple? Buying RAM from Apple is stupid for two reasons:

    1) It's overpriced.
    2) If you want to return your Mac for a refund or an exchange for another product, you will not be able to if you did not purchase it in its stock configuration.
  20. celo48 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
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    Finally most people won't mess with self upgrades. Smart move!
  21. toddybody Guest


    May 13, 2010
    On Mars, thinking about my father...
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    Yeesh, finally I can get that 64GB of ram in my Mac Pro. :p
  22. MacMan86 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2008
    1) Yes.
    2) Completely and utterly false. The only limitation is your refund would have to be processed by the online store, not a retail store. Otherwise, you certainly can return the product
  23. MacMan86 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2008
    Only if you actually use the extra memory.

    A Mac Pro which is just being used for Mail and Safari will run just as fast on 4GB as it would do on 64GB.

    If you're having to ask, you probably don't need more than the standard spec
  24. cr2 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    Made me feel better that I waited 8 hours with 8Gb RAM. Do you think MBPs will soon support 16Gb?
  25. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Harsh there... not all are tech savvy as some of us are. Then there are those like my other half that just feel better if it comes from the factory the way they want it.

    The folks I feel for are those that are buying new Mac's and choosing to have Apple install Aperture at $199. Just wonder how Apple is dealing with new customers that get their new systems home and find out about the Mac App Store and see Aperture at $79!!!!

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