A cheaper, better base model

Let’s take a look at these two MacBook Pro options:

The first is the 16-inch base model, which gets you a 6-core i7 processor with 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of disk space, and dedicated graphics.

It has to contend with an upgraded 13-inch model (the 4-port one), which has a 4-core i7 processor with 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of disk space, and integrated graphics.

It may come as a surprise to you that the 16-inch option is actually $100 cheaper than the 13-inch.

I’m tempted to give full credit to the concept of the base model and prove that upgrades simply provide less value, but perhaps this difference is exaggerated by that fact that Apple doubled the storage1 of the bigger base model with the introduction of the 16-inch, and the now-half-a-year-old 13-inch has yet to benefit from a similar price drop.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep crossing my fingers and hoping for a 14-inch MacBook Pro (with scissor keys, of course).


  1. Here’s a link to the archived store page depicting the 256 GB 15-inch base model. ↩︎

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