Apple’s Fully Loaded MacBook Pro Will Cost You Nearly $7,000

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Apple quietly refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup this week, boasting faster, eighth-generation Intel processors and one of the highest RAM and SSD storage capacities available in a notebook computer. Cupertino’s latest MacBook Pro offerings are indeed powerhouses to be reckoned with.. 

They’re also quite expensive, as you’d imagine, especially if you’re looking for a fully maxed-out configuration featuring all the bells and whistles (and buckets full of memory).

MacBook Pro Pricing 2018

The base buy-in price for all of this year’s 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models is essentially unchanged from last year — with 13-inch non-Touch Bar configurations starting out at $1,299, 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped models starting at $1,799, and 15-inch models starting out at $2,399.

Those prices are not terrible for what you get with a base configuration — a 2.3GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, or a 2.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory on the base 15-inch model.

It’s when you get into the build-to-order configurations when prices can skyrocket magnificently.

Just one example that’s sure to make your head spin is looking at Apple’s maximum stock-model 15-inch MacBook Pro. For $2,799, this model boasts a 6-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and AMD’s Radeon Pro 560X GPU with 4GB of memory.

By adding on the available top-of-the-line upgrades, a fully maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro will cost you $6,699. 

Of course, that assumes you’re willing to drop an additional $300 on the Intel 2.9GHz 6-core Core i9 processor upgrade, another $400 to stock up to the maximum-allowed 32GB of RAM, and a whopping $3,200 more to secure yourself a massive 4TB SSD.

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Just for comparison, last year’s 15-inch fully decked-out MacBook Pro model — sporting a 3.1GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD — retailed for a slightly more swallowable $4,199.

However, worth pointing out is that last year’s MacBook Pro models featured a max capacity for 2TB SSDs, as well as a max of 16GB RAM.

Given that this year’s MacBook Pro models, which Apple notes are designed for its most creative, professional customers with demanding workflows, boast double the capacity for RAM and SSD storage, it’s not terribly shocking that a maxed-out configuration would cost much more than it did just a year ago.

At $3,200, Apple’s 4TB SSD is certainly the most expensive MacBook Pro upgrade, followed closely by an upgrade from 16GB to 32GB of RAM for $400, and a CPU upgrade to Intel’s all-new 6-core i9 CPU clocked at 2.9GHz for $300.

Of course, for those who don’t require so much storage, Apple offers much cheaper upgrade options including 1TB or 2TB SSD upgrades on any model for just $400 or $1,200, respectively. Check out all the 2018 MacBook Pro models on Apple’s website.

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