Apple has unveiled a new MacBook Pro range recently, and many users and critics have been pleased by the changes made by the popular company. Still, it seems that Apple has operated a stealthy modification that wasn’t as easy to observe at first.
The cost to upgrade the entry-level model from 8GB of RAM to 16GB of RAM has been raised from $100 to $200, which is a notable price increase. Interestingly, the price adjustment is limited to the base configuration, with the move suggesting that Apple’s supplies of RAM could be on the short side.
Parts and prices
Prospective customers who opt for an entry-level MacBook Pro can pick between 8GB or 16GB of RAM, which is soldered on the system board. In this case, each system board could be treated as a single component. However, Apple has a solid reputation for its ability to understand and anticipate market trends in advance, and the MacBook Pro was released less than a month ago.
It is also worth noting that the price of an entry-level MacBook with an 8th generation Intel CPU and 16GB of RAM are now considerably closer to the one of the units with a 10th generation Intel CPU and the same amount of RAM.
Pushing fresh hardware
Some voices have argued that Apple decided to keep the older MacBook Pro configurations to allow users to compare it with the newer ones and highlight the fact that the price difference is not so high, with the former starting at $1299 while the latter is priced at $1799.
The greatest changes tied to the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air iterations are related to the replacement of the maligned butterfly keyboard with the new Magic Keyboard that is considerably better. Hardware upgrades are also a bit far from being impressive, as it seems that they were made to keep the MacBook more competitive in the face of Windows-based laptops.
Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.