iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini: You’ll spend $1,900, $2,600, $4,200 if you max out Apple’s specs

Which version should you buy? Depends how much cash you have laying around.


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Buying a new iPad Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Mini for 2018? Better break open your piggy bank. Apple’s new tablet, laptop and desktop computer may seem affordable at first, but level-up to the top storage capacities and you’re looking at some complicated gigabyte math.

For example, the cheapest iPad Pro for 2018 starts at $799 (64GB) — that’s already $150 more than the cheapest iPad Pro for 2017 — and quickly builds to $1,899 for the 1 terabyte storage model with the larger screen. That’s a 137.8 percent increase.

Here’s how much you’ll pay if you pull out all the stops.

iPad Pro 2018: From $799 to $1,899

This year’s iPad Pro proves even more complicated, with four different storage capacities, two different screen sizes, and model variations that include cellular or not.

Remember that for LTE versions, you’ll have to separately factor in your monthly service plan. The same goes for any additional accessories, like the Apple Pencil, Smart Folio Keyboard and necessary adapter dongles, like a USB-C to Lightning cable and a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone port.

iPad Pro 2018

64GB storage 256GB storage 512GB storage 1TB storage
11-inch screen (Wi-Fi-only) $799 $949 $1,149 $1,549
11-inch screen (Cellular) $949 $1,099 $1,299 $1,699
12.9-inch screen (Wi-Fi-only) $999 $1,149 $1,349 $1,749
12.9-inch screen (Cellular) $1,149 $1,299 $1,499 $1,899

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MacBook Air 2018: From $1,199 to $2,599

With four storage sizes and two memory options, you have essentially 8 configurations for the MacBook Air. At the end of the day, you can more than double the entry-level cost.

MacBook Air 2018

128GB storage 256GB storage 512GB storage 1.5TB storage
8GB RAM $1,199 $1,399 $1,599 $2,399
16GB RAM $1,399 $1,599 $1,799 $2,599

Mac Mini 2018: From $799 to $4,199

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A stack of Mac Minis will cost you.


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The seemingly endless matrix of configurable Mac Mini options is enough to scramble your brain and make your eyes pop out of your head.

In addition to choosing from two processor types, you also have four memory options, five storage choices, and two types of ethernet connection. 

If you want Final Cut Pro X or Logic Pro X pre-installed, that’ll cost you more, too.

Here’s the range of what you’ll shell out, excluding software add-ons.

Mac Mini 2018

Base Fully-leaded
3.6GHz quad-core processor/ 128GB storage $799 $4,199
3.0GHz 6-core processor/256GB storage $1,099 $4,199

If you’re planning to get multiple Mac Minis to run a larger enterprise out of your home or business, expect your costs to multiply.

Come back later for Techhnews’s full reviews of the MacBook Air, iPad Pro and Mac Mini for 2018. In the meantime, catch up on everything new in the world of Apple.

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