Many are attracted to Apple products, but not many can afford them. For example, the new MacBook Pro’s with Retina display come in at $2,199 plus tax (and that’s just for the base model). For many, the price of Apple products like their laptops is far too steep. But I’m here to tell you that, when other considerations are taken into place, Apple products aren’t as expensive as they first seem. Here’s why Apple products aren’t as expensive as you think.
In the long run, a little analysis reveals that Apple products are actually more cost efficient in the long run. Apple devices are built to last, thus over the lifetime of the device it may actually yield impressive savings over other competing products. If you buy an iMac for $2500 you most certainly aren’t going to buy another desktop computer for many years to come. Usually, Apple products are built with high powered processors and with enough RAM that they are going to work great for a long time. Other non-Apple computers you find at Walmart or Best Buy may be decent at the moment, but will need to be upgraded within a year or two.
Productivity, whether it be in the office, at school, or even at home, is a big factor for most people. Consider Microsoft’s Office suite, the industry standard that most non-Apple people use. There are really only three major programs or abilities most users look for in Office: word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel), and slide show presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint). The cheapest most individuals can get these programs for is around $150, a pretty hefty sized sum. Enter iWork for Mac users. This application suite is just as powerful, just as robust, and just as easy, if not easier, to use than Microsoft’s Office. The suite includes Numbers for spreadsheets, Pages for word processing, and Keynote for presentations. And not only are these programs available for download, at any time, in Apple’s App Store, they are each priced at only $19.99. Talk about savings.
Casual gaming is another area where you can uncover huge savings when owning an Apple product. Think about all the console gaming platforms available, like the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, and how much they cost. Then think about how much the games for them cost. Gaming on an iPhone, iPad or a Mac is completely different, cost-wise. Games on iOS are either free or typically just $0.99 to play and you can keep them forever. You can also download some fun games in the Mac app store for your computer too that are typically priced between $4.99 to $19.99.