While getting a little too hyped about the allegedly upcoming MacBook Air models in a couple weeks, I thought about the pricing of the current models. I also thought it would be wise to explain where $500 of my parents money was going too, like a break-down chart I made once. I plan on getting the 13-inch 128GB model, or whatever takes its place in the new release. The base price of that model is $1299 and that’s fine – within reason. This of course neglects two major golden sinks: memory and service, where one is incredibly important and the other is obviously justified. I did write a little rant on my dream pricing, but alas, it’s just a rant, a dream that cannot come true.
For instance, all the models come with a mere 2GB of RAM. That might have been acceptable two years ago and in introductory products. Maybe that would’ve been just fine but it’s not quite up-to-par currently. Indeed, these notebooks have solid-state drives and that means swap times are low and there is a minimal need for memory. But that’s not true. Have you used Firefox? Or Chrome? Or actual applications? Those things, despite being able to swap in from the drive, need memory. It is built into their very fabric in the spacetime they occupy. In short, this means 4GB of RAM needs to be standard.
How likely is Apple to include 4GB of RAM in the base models? I’m right now floating at 60%-likely. Just adding Thunderbolt and upgrading Snow Leopard to Lion isn’t very exciting. Those MacBook Air models need a little sprucing up.
And now to the service plan. For these Apple products, the service plan is a great deal – coverage for two years and when it ends, I can still sell the laptop and use the proceeds to buy a new model. So the service plan is $249 and that’s expensive. I don’t mind; I’ll probably use it at some point as it is a college laptop, so it’s bound for heavy use and abuse.
The final price of my ideal MacBook Air is $1,773.66 after tax and that’s a lot. I’m putting down just a little over $1000 and my parents are being kind enough to throw in the rest. And we’ll being for college, and textbooks, and bus fare, and who knows what else.
Now, on to being poor.