Apple Drops Prices on MacBook Air and Mac Mini SSD Upgrades, Lowers Cost of 64GB Mac Pro RAM Price

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    As we reported this morning, Apple today cut the prices of higher-end MacBook Pro SSD upgrades by up to $400, and as it turns out, there have been pricing changes to components in other Mac machines as well.

    For the MacBook Air, released in 2018, upgrading to a 1.5TB SSD on either base model is now $100 cheaper, with the SSD upgrade pricing options listed below.

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    Entry-level MacBook Air SSD options:

    [*]256GB SSD - +$200 (No change)
    [*]512GB SSD - +$400 (No change)
    [*]1.5TB SSD - +$1,100 ($100 off)

    Higher-end MacBook Air SSD options:

    [*]512GB SSD - +$200 (No change)
    [*]1.5TB SSD - +$900 ($100 off)

    Apple has also dropped the price of the 2TB SSD upgrade option in the Mac mini by $200, with the new SSD upgrade pricing options listed below.

    Entry-level Mac mini SSD options:

    [*]256GB SSD - +$200 (No change)
    [*]512GB SSD - +$400 (No change)
    [*]1TB SSD - +$800 (No change)
    [*]2TB SSD - +$1,400 ($200 off)

    Higher-end Mac mini SSD options

    [*]512GB SSD - +$200 (No change)
    [*]1TB SSD - +$600 (No change)
    [*]2TB SSD - +$1,200 ($200 off)

    Apple has also quietly dropped the price of the 64GB RAM upgrade in the Mac Pro, which is the 2013 model that has not seen an update in many years.

    Prior to today's update, upgrading the base Mac Pro configurations from 16GB RAM to 64GB Ram cost $1,200, but Apple has dropped the price by $400. It now costs $800 to upgrade from 16GB RAM to 64GB RAM. Upgrading to 32GB RAM continues to cost $400 over the base 16GB option.

    Article Link: Apple Drops Prices on MacBook Air and Mac Mini SSD Upgrades, Lowers Cost of 64GB Mac Pro RAM Price
     
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    Not sure why anyone would even consider the trashcan Mac Pro (even with this price reduction for RAM) when even the current 5K iMac comes with a 9th generation Intel Core i9-9900K 8-core CPU that smokes it. Even the Vega 48 should destroy whatever GPU it has (don't care to check).
     
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    You can buy a Crucial 1TB SSD for $135 and replace it yourself. But Apple solders their SSDs in, so nope, you can’t do that. Gotta pay $800 if you want it.
     
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    A 1TB SATA SSD, bottlenecked at 6Gb/s. If you're comparing apples to apples, at least use the NVMe 970 Pros which have comparative performance.
     
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    Crucials SSD are nowhere near as fast as Apples.
     
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    Well that’s still substantially cheaper buying on its own, you get my point lol.
     
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    Oh Jesus. This is not a price drop. This is somebody in Operations performing a tidy-up on the BOM.
     
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    Yeah! Apple's markup is ridiculous. More than double the cost of the equivalently performing NVMe storage.

    Massive RAM prices I can understand as that's just a historical meme at this point. But the storage markup is painful to swallow.
     
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    Glad someone is watching these price changes...I would not have been able to notice the changes!
     
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    Oh good, an adjustment from eye-wateringly outrageously we're having a laugh insane to eye-wateringly outrageously insane. I got a 256GB Mini and hung a 1TB SSD out of one of those USB C slots. This obviously wouldn't affect that decision.
     
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    But do really consumers need those fast and expensive ssds? In macbook air, doubt it
     
  17. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

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    It's always good news when Apple is able to unlock even greater value for their loyal customers.
     
  18. trifid macrumors 68000

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    Of course not. And if they do, I’d like them to explain why they keep shipping 5400rpm in iMac.
     
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    Going to order three 512 gig upgrades for $600 rather than $900 for 1.5TB option. Take that Apple!
     
  20. NoNothing macrumors 6502

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    Time to buy a lottery ticket. The planets must have had a rare alignment.
     
  21. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    $800 for ... an UPGRADE to a 1tb ssd. Not even for the drive itself. But in exchange for the base drive.

    Still shocking to read this even though I read it last year when the Mini launched. They really force you to add an external. And it becomes pay $800 to keep everything inside the Mini or pay $150 to have essentially the same real world performance.

    But ok obviously Apple is aiming this at professionals who can justify the expense and at rich people who have too much money. And to justify the cost to those folks they force the rest of us peons into putting an external on our Minis.
     
  22. Scooz macrumors 6502

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    Currently most people are even ok with SATA SSDs despite they could put NVMes in their boxes. So the question would be why an actively cooled PCIe SSD is the only native storage option for a Mac Mini.

    Perfect engineering,
    devastating marketing.
     
  23. Sethal macrumors member

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    So the price of the upgrades that people would actually buy remain unchanged. Got it.
     
  24. MVMNT macrumors member

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    People who skim headlines read price drops - Yay Apple!

    People with a little more common sense read articles.
     
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    No, but I know which one I’d prefer to keep my data on...still bloody expensive upgrades though!
     

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