I can’t count how many times in the past couple of years I’ve gone to the online Apple store to buy a new computer, but decided against it partway through as I configure it to have adequate RAM and storage.

A sample:

Model Pricing
MacMini M2 Pro: 10‑core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine $1299
add 16 gigabytes of ram + $400
add 1.5 tb of storage + $600
Total cost $2299

This is just bananas. The 16 gigabytes of ram and 1.5 tb of storage add $1000 to the cost, which is only $299 less than the cost of the entire base computer.

I really love the Mac platform, have been using it for 40 years (what!?!), and have regularly upgraded my computers every couple of years (except for my Mac Pros, which always tended to last a good long time. But that was back in the good old days where you could upgrade RAM and storage yourself with perfectly good third-party components (which, yes, would sometimes cause kernel panics.) Now that everything is soldered to the motherboard those days are long gone and, frankly, I think Apple’s pricing for upgrades is an abuse of the their customers.

I’d love to continue using Macs, but for two years I have been unable to push the order button because of the sour taste in my mouth. Do better #apple.

March 9, 2024