Apple has been called many things, but cheap has rarely been. Even going back to the early days of the company, Apple is known for consistently pricing above the competition. Basically, if you want to buy Apple, you better be prepared to pay for it. Even though there are tons of people who are happy to pay “Apple tax” every time, Apple products are not always worth it.
Here are our picks for the six most expensive Apple products you probably shouldn’t spend your money on.
6. 14-inch MacBook Pro: $1,999
When Apple unveiled the latest generation of MacBook Pro models in 2021, many reviewers hailed it as Apple putting the “pro” back into the MacBook Pro. Whether it’s the return of the SD card slot, the new ProMotion displays, or the super-fast M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, the new MacBook Pro models have managed to generate a buzz we haven’t seen since. years. But one thing people weren’t so excited about was the new price.
The base model of the 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999. That’s $700 more than the previous generation Pro. Talk about shock sticker.
Even if you have a few bucks to drop on a laptop, Apple released a redesigned MacBook Air in 2022 with a lighter, more portable design than the MacBook Pro, as well as a much lower price. All of this makes the 14-inch MacBook Pro a tough sell for the majority of buyers.
Even though Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models have given users more power than ever to fuel their work and creativity, in this generation, if you want to go pro, you better be prepared to pay for it.
5. Apple Pencil: $129
These days, it seems like Apple wants every iPad owner to buy an Apple Pencil too. Some of Apple’s recent marketing seems to be based on the idea that the Apple Pencil is all it takes to transform your iPad from Netflix machine to creativity powerhouse. But $129 for the second-generation Apple Pencil is way too much for a stylus.
The Apple Pencil has some great features, such as palm rejection, pressure sensitivity, and the ability to charge directly from an iPad. But while they are nice to have, they are by no means essential.
The Apple Pencil is arguably the best looking stylus you can get for the iPad. But, it is centered on design and creative work. If you’re a creative professional, the Apple Pencil might be worth it. But if you’re like most people and just want to doodle or take notes, you’re probably better off saving your money and picking up an Apple Pencil alternative instead.
4. HomePod: $299
At first glance, the HomePod might seem like an attractive product for anyone with an iPhone. It’s a beautiful, high-quality speaker, and it’s built right into the Apple ecosystem. Sounds pretty good until you realize that at its core, the HomePod is an expensive Siri button.
Although Siri was quite revolutionary when it launched in 2011, since then Apple’s voice assistant has fallen far behind rivals like Amazon’s Alexa. Siri is generally good enough for simple tasks like playing music or making phone calls, but it’s just not cut out for more complicated requests. Alexa, on the other hand, is much better at understanding context, can answer questions on many other topics, and can even shop Amazon for you.
There’s a whole line of Amazon Echo devices, and at $299, the HomePod is way more expensive than any of them. And even if you’re obsessed with Apple, the more affordable HomePod mini is a better option for most people.
3. AirPods Max: $549
Apple decided to take the AirPods moniker, the name that revolutionized wireless headphones, and stick it on a pair of mundane and very expensive over-ear wireless headphones, the AirPods Max.
To their credit, the AirPods Max have a unique stainless steel design and offer high-quality sound, as well as excellent noise cancellation. But, there are tons of other options in the premium headphones category that offer similar or better sound at a lower price.
Even if you’re okay with paying more for less just because it’s Apple, the AirPods Max aren’t even future-proof. Most high-end headphones charge via USB-C, but like all pairs of AirPods released so far, the AirPods Max charge with a Lightning connector. Although Apple hasn’t made it official yet, all signs point to the Lightning port coming out in the near future, which will cause the AirPods Max to disappear.
If you think of headphones as a fashion accessory first and love their design, the AirPods Max might be for you. For the rest of us though, the AirPods Max just aren’t worth the price.
2. Smart Folio for iPad: $79
Apple introduced the original Smart Cover case in 2011 with the release of the iPad 2. And while the iPad has evolved significantly since then, Apple’s folio cases have remained pretty much the same. Just like the original iPad Smart Cover, the Smart Folio is thin and light, but isn’t very good at protecting your iPad from drops or scratches. And because it attaches magnetically, it can easily come off if you’re not careful.
Apple’s latest iPads are getting more expensive. The iPad Pro starts at $799, and it’s possible to spec one up to over $2,000. If you’re going to spend that much on a tablet, you’ll probably want something more substantial to protect your investment. There are a ton of great iPad cases out there, so spending $79 on a piece of silicone and magnets just doesn’t make sense.
1. Mac Pro Wheels: $699
Sometimes Apple is overpriced, but $699 for a set of PC wheels is just ridiculous. As far as desktop computer wheels go, they look pretty good. They have a spokeless, stainless steel and rubber design. But, they’re not nearly $699. You can get a brand new iPhone 13 mini for the same price, and it’s a product that can keep you entertained much longer than some shiny wheels.
For $699 you can get a set of wheels for your car, so anyone willing to part with that amount of money for PC wheels just because it’s from Apple might need to get their heads checked. .
Dear Apple, some of your prices are just crazy
Some people refer to Apple users as subscribers willing to pay more for their products just because they are made by Apple. Although this is not always true, sometimes it is. You can’t deny that Apple products are high quality, and often they’re some of the best around, but they’re not always worth their high prices.
This is especially true when other companies produce equally good equipment, at a much lower price. Just because it says Apple on it doesn’t mean it’s worth it. Sometimes third-party versions are just as good at a fraction of the price.