What is the Apple premium these days?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mike2q, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. mike2q macrumors member


    Mar 9, 2006
    I remember on a few different occasions feeling like Apple laptops were very over priced compared to an equivalent equipped PC box. At other points in the chain I felt the prices were pretty close.

    What is the consensus these days about the cost difference? I'm not looking for someone to try and put a price on the value of the operating system its self. (I already much prefer OS X) I'm looking for a hardware to hardware cost analysis.

    What does everyone think?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    THe premium still varies, IMO, but is much smaller than before. This really depends if Apple is selling exactly what you want.
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
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    Right. Take the 27" iMac. It's actually a great deal IF you were going to buy a 27" LED of that quality anyway. But many people would go with a far cheaper display and not notice the difference if given the option.
  4. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    It's worth it in the end because you get better quality.

    BTW, this is what Apple uses the Apple tax for:
  5. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    Oh goody. Perhaps that graphic can be posted a few more times in the forums, because we haven't seen it enough.
  6. KhanakXersahk macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    Equal parts cost equal money

    My answer is:
    If you buy an equivalent PC you spend equivalent money.

    The standard motto with Apple is that they don't make "bare bones" or "low-end" machines. They make USEFUL computers that EVERYONE can use. Cost differences between their models are usually for bigger screens and hard drives, faster processors, and more memory. But ALL of their machines come with the OS and iLife preinstalled. You get the FULL restore disks to be used whenever and however many times that you want. You don't have to worry about Viruses. Most peripherals don't need drivers you just plug them in.

    I have two friends that have always complained about Macs "costing too much". Then they turn around and drop $2,000 on a "laptop" that weighs nearly 10lbs and is almost an inch-and-a-half thick. Their response is: "It has a numeric keypad." Really? A numeric keypad?

    A laptop should be easy to carry with you (be light and thin). Apple used to make a 10lb-inch-and-a-half-thick laptop back in the 80's.

    Yes, I'm an Apple fanatic. But I truly believe that if you bought equivalent PC hardware you'd spend just as much (if not more) as you would on a Mac.
  7. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    I think the general answer is that it depends where you are in Apple's product cycle. Immediately after a Mac is released it is very price competitive with equivalent hardware, sometimes even being a better deal. However, 6 months or more later before the next update or refresh, PC hardware has dropped considerably in price while Macs almost always remain at the price that they were introduced at.
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    The biggest WTF? price in Apple's lineup right now are the Mac Pros, and the 15" MBP right now, especially if you get the mid-level version with the independent graphics card.

    The 17" MBP's value for money is difficult to judge because there aren't a lot of manufacturers that make a quality 17" laptop with good screen and battery life.

    The iMac line offers decent value for what you get, and the MacBooks aren't a massive ripoff either, IMO.

    I don't know about the Mac Mini.
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    I think the mini is actually good value (particularly in refurb form) and I find myself taken aback by saying that. If you compare it to Atom-powered nettops its very competitive if you need a little more processing oomph. None of the ION LE nettops can run DX10 while the mini can so its a little ironic in that respect.
  10. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    iMac and Mini are same price as a comparable PC or cheaper. the laptops are overpriced. the 15" MBP was Ok right after the June refresh, but now you can configure a Dell Studio 15" for $1200 or so and a comparable MBP is $3000.

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