Apple has doubled how much customers have to pay at point of purchase to add 16GB RAM instead of the standard 8GB to the
entry-level 13in MacBook Pro. It used to cost £100/$100 but now it’s £200/$200, making the decision that little bit harder for buyers on a budget (via
The 13in MacBook Pro line up is confusing. All models now have the improved scissor-switch Magic Keyboard but the entry-level machine is still using 8th-gen Intel chips to keep the price down. When it launched less than a month ago, Apple was only charging £100/$100 for the RAM doubling which was great. It seems that was a mistake, or the company just thinks it can get away with little bumps like that here and there.
The Verge that it was a “price correction” to bring it in line with the same upgrade for the MacBook Air and iMac, so it may well have been an error that slipped through the cracks.
But it is unusual for Apple to double an add-on cost so soon after a product’s launch. If you thought you were saving some money by going with the 8th-gen 13in MacBook Pro, you will have to splash out more if you want 16GB RAM.
On the 10th-gen model, it costs £400/$400 to upgrade from the standard 16GB to 32GB. Apple may make capable machines, but it sure knows how to help you rack up a substantial bill if you configure at point of sale.
For more on the latest laptop, take a look at our full
MacBook Pro 13in (2020) review.