Will Entry Level Mac Prices drop with Apple Silicon?

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

How you doing apple sheep it's dream crushing time because i've seen a lot of people comment on how they think apple switching to their own in-house design processors and apple silicon and all that is going to allow for cheaper macbooks overall and we're going to start seeing 800 600 500 macbooks out there and that totally could happen it's a possibility i don't know no one knows don't believe anyone who claims they know what's going to happen but i'm here today to speculate on why i think that's not going to happen and it's probably in your best interest to

Believe in me to set your expectations at a low level because then if this does end up happening you'll be very very surprised and happy so here's why i don't think apple silicon will result in cheaper max let's begin all right first off i know some of you probably got really really excited when apple launched the mac mini dev kit because they're like hey 512 gigs of storage all that ram and the 812

X chip and it was only 500 bucks yeah dev kit prices guys that's not really reflective of what consumer grade prices would be because for one you had to like write a three paragraph essay on why you think you should get a mac mini dev kit to get your hand on one and the people who bought those dev kits don't get to keep them okay so when you agree to buy one of those you actually have to return them after a certain amount of time and you don't get your money back okay so it's not 500

For that many it's 500 to access that mac mini for a certain period of time and then the dev kits have to go back to apple otherwise apple will probably sue you to death so don't expect that 500 dev kit to be the norm or a mac mini with an apple silicon chip in it to come out and be 500 bucks again it would be really really amazing if it did and i want that to happen i'm all with you there in fact i'm all with you on the amazingness that would be a macbook se of sorts se typically just stands for special edition but now we're slapping

It on tech products whenever we mean please make this cheaper so for instance if we did have a macbook please make this cheaper it would essentially be a very basic bare bones laptop maybe even make it of like airpods style plastic i know how could apple go this far but hey i mean we don't need to worry about fans right we don't have to worry that much about thermal management because if apple was making a super cheap dumbed-down macbook that just covered the basics just like we have the super

Cheap dumbed-down ipad that's like 330 or 250 on amazon half the time if we could get an equivalent of that in a macbook form oh it would be so cool because we know that even the entry-level apple silicon chips that they could put in the mac lineup even if they wanted to throw something old in there like an a12x chip from an ipad pro even then the performance on it would still be pretty decent you'd be able to edit videos and manage your basic productivity tasks with word processing and powerpoint or

If you're a apple sheep you use keynote and do all the basic stuff a laptop needs to be and essentially we could have a safari book right it's like a chromebook but it's a no that's horrible you know what i mean a bare bones laptop running apple silicon i'm in such favor of that but something tells me the reason apple prices macbooks the way they're priced is not simply because intel is very expensive and there's no way that they can put an intel processor

In a macbook and make it sub 1 000 the truth is yes using intel and using third-party components for apple's machines it does add to the overall cost in designing things in-house and being more vertically integrated that will help bring the price down but the truth is if apple wanted to make an 800 700 500 laptop years ago they could have it was not a matter of intel not making a cheap enough processor because there are intel powered laptops out there that are very very cheap and

They have very basic specs but i think a lot of the money that you're paying for when buying something like a macbook air even the cheapest macbook available it's still going a lot to the thinness factor it's going towards the speakers the display and that aluminum design language and making it so thin and light and portable and apple cares about that and unless apple silicon is going to make apple suddenly not care about thinness or design or the premium feel that macbooks offer i don't expect that to change

Yes absolutely apple silicon will help apple save money and i do think that means that a lot of us will be able to buy the base model macbook pro arm or the base model macbook air and we'll probably not need to upgrade them as much as we do now because the performance will be so great we'll get such great speeds and export times and that kind of thing that you won't feel the need to upgrade the macbook and get the higher performance processor or perhaps apple silicon will help bring cost down but

Apple will make the default storage in ram configurations a lot higher which is kind of a win-win when you think about it it means that prices could stay the same but instead of having 256 gig or 512 gig by default maybe we'll start having one terabyte of storage by default and maybe we'll start having 16 gigs of ram by default which is sad that it still isn't in today's day and age but i'm pretty sure apple is going more for value with apple silicon than they are overall cost the point here

Is not necessarily to make all macs cheaper it's to make high performance max more affordable but base level pricing i expect to still stay where it is today so on the plus side i don't think apple silicon will result in max getting much more expensive oh god i hope that statement doesn't age horribly it's like okay we decided to make our own custom cpu and gpu for the new redesigned imac so now it's going to be worth 30 thousand dollars but there's no other computer on the market that can

Match its performance so you can't even get mad yes i can apple i can get mad about that don't do this all right it would be amazing if with all the apple silicon max the entry level prices stayed the same we just have much better internals much better storage much better graphics cards and the ram could actually be decent for what you're paying for and overall i hope you guys know this is not me saying apple silicon is a bad move for apple it's all good stuff we're only getting better macs from here on out mac

Os big sur's being very compatible with legacy software so far and converting stuff over so being able to have really high performance chips that i can't wait to see the geekbench tests of because we're seeing insane results from the ipad pro and that's with a low-powered chip now imagining a much much more heavily powered ship that apple designed i can't wait to see how good it is in fact i think a lot of what people need a macbook pro for now will probably be capable of being

Done on a macbook air in the future because of how big the performance gains will be while still having great power efficiency and not having to run fans as much anymore because there's better thermal management macs are only getting better but the one thing i don't think necessarily apple silicon means is cheaper entry-level prices and once again really really hope i'm wrong on that i would love to see an 800 macbook or a 500 macbook se it covers the basics no nonsense no fancy features maybe even

The speakers suck it's got like one usb c port or something like that it's super basic but it would be super affordable i think our best chance at an affordable mac is probably the mac mini ironically but even with adoption of apple silicon i don't think the mac mini is gonna get significantly cheaper i think they're just gonna update the internal specs be like okay now it has a p3 chip but now it also comes with one terabyte of ssd by default it comes with 16 gigs of ram by default

And it's still 800 bucks so great value but entry level prices i'm pretty sure if you're spending under one thousand dollars on a laptop apple's gonna recommend you go with an ipad because ipads kind of dominate the sub 1 000 category that's where you have the ipad air which is getting refreshed soon and the budget ipad and the ipad pros which even with their magic keyboard still peter out at about a thousand dollars but they have so much more options than the macbooks

Do in some ways other than software i mean you've got face id you've got 120 hertz promotion you've got rear-facing cameras you got cellular support you've got ipad os getting more functional day by day so if you're in the i don't want to spend a thousand dollars on a laptop territory the ipad air 4 is probably what apple's going to recommend you do they're not going to make a 700 600 macbook that's cheap and turned down and has a non-laminated display or something because

If there's one moral i can teach you guys in the month of september about technology it's that hinge equals expensive if a device has a hinge even if every other aspect of the device is boring and the specs suck if it has a hinge that instantly adds 1 000 to the product ipad pro great speakers great biometrics great performance great speed great display starts at around 800 bucks right okay cool but now if we designed a laptop that had all of those great specs and now it has a hinge now it's eighteen

Hundred dollars or let's turn our ipad pros into two-in-ones let's just do that by adding a hinge to them with the magic keyboard boom extra 350 okay because hinges are expensive galaxy fold has a smartphone experience of like a six hundred dollar phone in a four hundred dollar tablet so that equates to a thousand dollars but now there's a hinge which is an extra one thousand so in total it's now two thousand apple has great value ipads but then we look at

The macbook air and it's like these specs suck well macbook air has a hinge okay so hinge means expensive anyway let me know if you guys think i'm wrong i'd love to be proven wrong here but just want to be real with you this is your app sheet pure i'll see you in the next one

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