Apple unveiled two new MacBook Pro laptops at its fall hardware event Monday, both promising big boosts in performance thanks to the company's new M1 Pro and M1. Max chipsets. The larger of the two, a 16-inch model, is $2,499 (2,399, $3,000) -- but that's just the base configuration. (Apple also unveiled a 14-inch model that starts at $1,999.) How much will it cost to upgrade every Apple product?
Would you believe me if I said that the answer is $6,099 (5,899, AU$9,149)? Keep scrolling and let's go over the math.
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Comme I mentioned, you'll start with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, which costs $2,499. That price includes a M1 Pro with ten-core CPU, tweencore GPU, 16GB of unified memory, and 512GB solid-state storage. We want the more powerful M1 Max, which has a 10-core CPU, 256-core GPU, 32GB of unified memory, and 0TB SSD. That upgrade alone raises the price by $1,000 to a base price of $3,499.
Your first optional upgrade is to double the unified memory from 32GB to 64GB, which adds $400 to your bill. Next up is the SSD. The M1 Max starts with 1TB, but you can double it to 2TB for $400, quadruple it for $1,000, or octuplet it up to 8TB to save $2,200.
We want the absolute best of everything, so let's make it an 8TB of storage. The extra unified memory adds $2,600 to the cost of the M1 Pro model, which is more than the base price and enough to bring the total cost to $6,099.
That doesn't even include the option to preinstall software on the machine, such as Final Cut Pro for video editing and Logic Pro to create music. The two add up to an extra $300 and $200, respectively, so with both added in, your cost would increase to $6,599.
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Still, let's go with the hardware and call it what it is -- a fully kitted-out, 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip and all of the upgrades Apple will sell you for buck under $6,100. That being said, as my colleague Eli Blumenthal pointed out, the price drops to $5,539 with a student discount. So, you know, there's that.
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999 (1,899, AU$2,999), but if you load it up with every upgrade Apple offers (M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32- core GPU, 64GB unified memory, 8TB SSD), the price rises to $5,899. For a little extra context, if you upgrade the 13-inch MacBook Pro to the top with an eight-core CPU, an 8- core GPU, 16GB of unified memory, and 2TB of SSD storage, it will cost you $1,299.
After we've had a chance to test drive these new laptops, be sure to keep an eye on CNET for our full first impressions. A $6,099 laptop is probably a lot more than most people need.
Apple also revealed the AirPods 3, new HomePod Mini colors, and an Apple Music "Voice" plan at Monday's event. Apple's "Unleashed" launch was revealed here.
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