The state of Apple’s RAM and SSD Pricing.
I know that everyone knows Apple’s overpriced vs the general market but I just want to point out how absolutely out of hand it’s gotten at this point.
Let’s start with the cost of RAM in the Mac mini. It’s the classic example, and one of the only things you can sort of avoid getting screwed on by upgrading it yourself. But even if you do upgrade it yourself, you’re still getting screwed.
Since it costs $200 to upgrade from 8GB to 16GB and $400 to upgrade from 16 to 32 I’m going to have the list price of the 8GB modules as $200. Remeber, upgrade means they keep the original 8GB and that effectively gets deducted from your cost. So for Apple we have
Okay, what about retail? These prices are for SO-DIMM DDR4 2666mhz ram from Corsair
So aside from the 64GB kit, which Corsair doesn’t have a comparable set of, you’re getting charged $140, $302, and $610 extra respectively. Bar in mind these are also consumer prices, so they already have extra costs for packaging and margins for both the supplier, the distributor, and the retailer.
So what about SSDs?
Compared to Samsungs 970 EVO
All of Apple’s SSDs are at least 2x the price of a reasonable comparison consumer drive, and the price difference only gets worse with higher capacities.
Now there’s an argument to be made for the SSDs that Apple’s controller, the T2 chip, can somewhat justify the extra cost since it is actually a bit faster than any of the SSDs I’ve listed above. But since the price of the SSDs scales so linearly, I’m not sure the price of the T2 is even included in the cost of the SSD. The prices double from 256 to 512 and again from 512 to 1TB. Either Apple isn’t including the cost of the T2 in the price of the SSDs or you are actually getting screwed even worse at higher capacities since the cost of the T2 chip is the same regardless of how much storage you go with.
I know this isn’t new. But as the rest of the PC industry continues to bring prices down further and further with RAM and Storage, Apple doesn’t make any adjustments to their own prices to match the change in supply cost and pockets the difference. This could be understandable if what they were charging were anywhere close to a fair deal, but even when SSD and RAM costs were higher (and in the case of the Mac Mini, they were never much higher than they are now during the 2018 Mac Mini’s lifetime) they were still nowhere near acceptable.
I really want to keep buying Apple hardware. I love OSX, and keyboard issues aside, I love the hardware that Apple makes. But I cannot justify getting gouged like this on the essentials. There’s no option to buy a Mac Mini without RAM, so no matter what I’m getting screwed out of over $100. I can’t justify that anymore.