Apple follower Horace Dediu decided to find out what it costs, per day, to own Apple products. The result is this. You can own a Mac, iPhone, Watch, iPad, Apple TV, and the price tag hits about $4 a day.
It appears as if Horace used baseline Apple products, so I decided to see how much my Apple costs are per day and per month on the company’s products that I own. Guess what? I own plenty of Apple products so $4 a day won’t work for me. But it’s closer than I thought.
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First on the list is my new MacBook Pro, the 13-inch i7 with 500GB of storage (love the new Force Touch trackpad). Mine prices out at $1,999 without AppleCare. I keep my Macs about three years, so that touches $666 per year.
I plan to ditch my iPad Air 2, and go for the new iPad Pro with 128GB of storage (cellular model), the Smart Keyboard, and Pencil. Grand total tops $1,347. Along with that I’ll upgrade to the iPhone 6s Plus with 128GB of storage, and that will set me back $949 without Apple’s annual upgrade plan. I get a new iPad every couple of years, so that’s more than $673 a year, and I upgrade iPhone every year and that’s $949. Every year.
For Watch I went with stainless steel and the somewhat more feminine modern buckle (an extra $249) which set me back $798. And, yes, I’ll be buying the new Apple TV, the one with the most storage, which comes in at $199. Watch is likely to last two years, so $399 per year, and Apple TV likely will get upgraded about every three years, so another $66 per year.
So, the grand total for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, and Apple TV comes in at $5,292 worth of Apple products. Now, the annual total in daily amounts.
- Mac – $666 per year, or $55 per month, or $1.82 per day. Seems cheap, doesn’t it?
- iPad Pro – $673 per year (upgraded more frequently than Mac) or $1.84 per day.
- iPhone – $949 per year, upgraded each year or $2.60 per day.
- Watch – At $399 per year is $1.09 per day.
- Apple TV – At $66 per year is a measly 18-cents per day.
My current and future Apple product list has me spending– for the latest and greatest– $7.53 per day, $2,748 a year, or $229 a month. That does not include taxes, AppleCare, cell phone plan, or resale value, which would reduce the daily amount by perhaps 25-percent (down to $5.65; which is much closer to Dediu’s basic $4.00 figure.
What about you? What’s the daily, monthly, annual price tag for owning Apple’s products?