Apple is considered expensive, is a premium manufacturer. You have to be able to and want to afford Apple. But is that so? GIGA does the math for a moment and finds out: the apple is not that expensive.
I myself am now one of the bargain hunters among Apple users. For example, my iPhone 5 served me for a full 5 years, currently I still use an iPhone 7, which was bought cheaply on sale a little more than two years ago, my MacBook saw the light of day in 2015 and it is also the case with the iPad old Air 2, which I only bought at a reduced price shortly before the end of production. In short: it doesn’t have to be the “newest shit”.
Apple package costs less than 1,000 euros: iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods included
And even if you buy the latest hardware from Apple, you don’t have to be croesus these days. Would you like an illuminating sample calculation? A complete mobile package with a bitten apple is available for less than 1,000 euros. Let’s do the math:
- The current iPhone SE are available in stores for around 430 euros. For this you get proven technology (4.7-inch display, Touch ID) with the power of an iPhone 11, thanks to the built-in Apple A13. You don’t really need more iPhone and you can still work well even with the small screen. Positive: There will be updates for years.
- For one Apple Watch SE you don’t pay 300 euros. There is then a really sophisticated smartwatch on the market with the latest technology. We save the surcharge for the LTE model because we always have the connected iPhone with us.
- And for the feast for the ears, we use the Second generation AirPods. We don’t buy them directly from Apple, but rather in stores for around 130 euros. With a wireless charging case on request, we pay around 160 euros.
All in all, we spend around 860 to 890 euros for the complete package, not even a thousand. The same manufacturer doesn’t even have the iPhone 12 Pro for this, but at least they have the grandiose “wheels” for the Mac Pro.
So cheap and yet a real iPhone – everything you need to know about the new iPhone SE in the test video from GIGA:
If you prefer to have an iPad in the package and can do without the AirPods, you won’t end up paying that much more. The cheapest iPad (iPad 10.2 with 32 GB) costs around 360 euros on the market. In the end, together with iPhone SE and Apple Watch SE, it makes about 1,120 euros – still a bargain if you ask me.
System advantage is priceless
What you shouldn’t forget: For this inexpensive course, you have unlimited access to the entire and valued Apple ecosystem. iOS, iPadOS and watchOS mesh perfectly – the competition doesn’t even offer that for an extra charge. In the end, this system advantage cannot really be expressed in terms of money.
Admittedly, the Mac Pro, which is still up-to-date, would “slightly” blow my current bargain bill:
I have to admit, it’s true: Apple now has an offer ready for almost every budget, expensive is relative and no longer entirely applicable to the premium manufacturer from Cupertino – finally arrived in the mainstream, that is the best way to describe it. Chapeau!
Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely the views of the author and are not necessarily the position of the entire GIGA editorial team.