Why Apple MacBooks are so expensive

Most people know that Apple MacBook laptops are more expensive than many of the Windows options, and a lot of Windows laptops pack better performance specs while being cheaper But for some reason, a lot of people are still choosing to pay hundreds of dollars more for a MacBook, so why is that? And why have we seen so many Mac Users who switched to good windows laptops because of Apple’s high prices, go back after just a few months? If you’re not a fan of Apple devices, hold on just a second before you dislike this video and leave because chances are, there’s probably a few good reasons that you’ve never even thought about. Here are 18 reasons why MacBooks are so expensive, let’s start off with the hardware. Most people who have used a MacBook trackpad would agree that Apple’s force-touch trackpads are by far, the best you can get. They don’t actually move or click, they use a pane of glass with sensors underneath that sense pressure from your finger, and the taptic engine below it vibrates to give you haptic feedback that feels like a click so with a perfect feel anywhere you press and it can even sense pressure for 3D touch. These awesome trackpads cost much more than the plastic ones with springs in other laptops. Apple also uses really fine-tuned high-quality speakers that sound incredible and pack a lot of volume for the size. Just listen to this comparison of Apple’s 2017 MacBook Pro and Dell’s newest 2019 XPS 13. As you’ve heard, the MacBook Pro’s speakers sound much better in every way. And check out that same MacBook Pros microphone quality compared to the new Dell XPS.. Yep, there’s a huge difference. And that’s something you can’t see on a spec sheet. Apple also packs in additional custom chips that weren’t cheap to develop, like Apple’s T2 chip, which gives extra features like added security through the secure enclave’s end-to-end encryption and things like HEVC encoding, making a huge difference in encoding speed. Although the MacBook displays might not be the highest resolution out there, Apple’s MacBook displays are much brighter than the average Windows laptop, and they also use very high-quality coatings that reduce reflectivity by a lot, so they’re much easier to use in bright conditions or outside. MacBooks Pros are also incredibly color accurate, supporting P3 wide-color gamut, which has around 25% more colors compared to sRGB. One thing many don’t consider is that Apple’s MacBooks are machined out of a solid block of aluminum, which is not only expensive for the materials alone but also more costly to manufacture but result in a very solid chassis that has a premium feel. Because of this, Apple was able to create custom stacks of batteries that are sized perfectly to fit the interior of the aluminum chassis, so we get more battery life out of very thin laptops, but do cost more than standard batteries. Every single MacBook since 2013 packed top-of-the-line SSD flash storage, while there are still some Windows laptops to this day that come with really slow physical hard drives, and if they come with SSDs, many times, they’re nowhere near as fast as Apple’s SSDs. On top of they give you options to spec up to 4TB of extremely fast storage where many windows laptops are limited to much less, but admittedly the prices are really marked up and you’ll end up with a crazy expensive laptop.

Apple’s MacBook Pros also feature more Thunderbolt 3 ports that you can get on Windows laptops. There are currently no Windows laptops that we know of that have 4 full-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports like the 15” MacBook Pro does, and that requires extra Thunderbolt chips from Intel. Although not everyone likes Apple’s Touch Bar, and personally we’re also not fans, but they’re still incredibly high-quality touch-screen OLED Displays, packing Touch ID with end-to-end encryption which adds on extra cost compared to windows laptops. Speaking of encryption, Let’s move onto the software. Apple focuses on privacy, making everything on your MacBook as secure as possible, and they never sell any of your data like some other companies do, so they have to earn their full profit from the laptop itself. Apple’s macOS is only available on Apple MacBooks, so that allows them to charge more for their laptops since if you need MacOS there’s no competition. On the Windows laptop side there’s many manufacturers so they have to lower their prices to compete. Since MacOS is only available on a small number of machines, This limited number of components means that apps and drivers are very optimized to make the most out hardware, because of this, software issues are less common and old machines still run fast, which really improves resale value meaning Apple can charge more for new ones. With MacOS you also get free major updates every year, with a bunch of new features. Whereas, when a new version of Windows comes out, you have to pay for it. Along with that, When you buy a MacBook you get many work apps similar to Microsoft Word, powerpoint and excel. Microsoft, on the other hand, charges for all of those on top of your laptop purchases. You also don’t have to download additional apps like PDF readers or video players that can open a variety of formats, Apple supports those files out of the box. It’s nice to have these for free, including any future updates but this does contribute to higher base laptop prices. And finally, let’s touch on customer service. Apple is also the only laptop manufacturer that has thousands of physical stores all over the world, which makes it much easier to get support or repairs. And they even have a no questions asked 14-day return policy, without any return shipping costs or other fees. Returns aren’t as easy with Windows laptops, and a lot of them charge 15% restocking fees. Apple doesn’t do that, so they take the loss themselves. There’s no question that Apple laptops cost a lot more money, but hopefully, this video helps you to see a few reasons why that price is often higher than the competition. Judging off of the spec sheet, often times we are shocked by what Apple charges for the base CPU and GPU spec, but once you compare the hardware, software, and all of the little details that you won’t see on the spec sheet, it starts to make more sense. Of course, not everyone cares for these included features, so a less expensive and more customizable Windows Laptop still appeals to a lot of people out there, and to them, the higher price of a MacBook is not worth it. Let us know your thoughts down in the comments section below. Do you pay the higher price for Mac’s? and if you do, why? And If you don’t, let us know why. We would love to hear your opinion. Make sure to tap that like button and click the circle above to subscribe. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you in the next one.

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