Apple has made a significant price cut on SSD upgrades across all its Mac range, putting it in line with the new MacBook Pro upgrades pricing.
Apple’s “Hello Again” event took place last week and brought with it a new breed of MacBook Pro, but one unannounced change to the Mac lineup which also seems to have coincided with the event appears to have been a sizable reduction in the amount of cash Apple is now charging for SSD upgrades on the rest of the Mac lineup.
Following the announcement of the new 2016 MacBook Pros, additional storage options for the MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini and 2015 MacBook Pros all saw their prices slashed by anything up to $200 depending on the storage size chosen, giving buyers the chance to plump for a more reasonable amount of storage when purchasing their new Mac.
For example, before the event, 512GB of storage on a Mac Pro would set buyers back $300, whilst 1TB would cost an additional, eye-watering $800. Following last week’s event, those prices have fallen to between $200 for 512GB and $600 for 1TB on top of the standard price of the Mac Pro itself. Similar savings are also available on storage when added to other Macs, too.
The MacBook Air upgrade to 512GB from the 256GB SSD now costs $200, which is $100 less than before the event. As for the older 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro, an upgrade to 512GB or 1TB now costs $200 and $600 respectively, down from $300 and $800. The 13-incher however can be upgraded to 512GB for a more costly $400, or 1TB for $800.
(Mac Pro SSD Upgrade Pricing)
(2015 13-inch MacBook Pro SSD Upgrade Pricing)
As for the desktop solutions, the iMac and Mac mini, an upgrade of the entry-level 27-inch iMac to 512GB now costs $400, down from $500, while the same upgrade ladder for the mid-range 27-inch iMac now costs $300 and $700. The Mac mini also comes in with a $100 relaxation on the 512GB upgrade, and a $200 relaxation on the 1TB upgrade.
While price drops on Mac storage are always welcome, many would have preferred to see a slightly reduced price for the new MacBook Pro given the hefty prices now being charged for Apple’s most sought after notebooks. A revamped Mac lineup in general would have been well received, too, with the Mac Pro and Mac mini in particular now very much overdue for some much needed attention.
Alas, however, the only Mac to receive any stage time or a much needed refresh was the MacBook Pro. No matter how impressive the Touch Bar may turn out to be, or however thin and light the new machines are, the rest of Apple’s lineup can surely not be neglected any longer. Perhaps the rumored early-2017 updates will lighten the mood. Assuming they actually happen, that is.
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