Apple Doubles the Price of RAM Upgrade on Entry-Level 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple today doubled the price for upgrading the RAM on the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, with customers in the United States now being charged $200 to move from 8GB to 16GB compared to the previous $100 upgrade price. Similar increases are seen in other countries, such as moving from €125 to €250 in Germany and from £100 to £200 in the United Kingdom.

Current pricing on RAM upgrade for entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro

While Apple does sometimes adjust upgrade pricing as its costs for components change over time, what makes today’s change unusual beyond the fact that it is an increase rather than a typical decrease is that the 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ just launched less than a month ago.

The entry-level model is largely similar to its predecessor, using the same 8th-generation Intel processors and many other internal components have similarly been carried over. Still, it is considered an updated model with changes like the new Magic Keyboard and it’s extremely rare for Apple to adjust pricing so soon after launch, suggesting an unexpected increase in Apple’s costs being passed along to consumers.

RAM upgrade pricing yesterday

Supply chains around the world have been disrupted in recent months due to the current health situation, but China, where most of Apple’s manufacturing partners operate, has been reopening ahead of many other countries around the world as it was the first to shut down. So with pricing having been set on the 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ just a month ago, the supply situation should generally have improved since then rather than worsened.

Apple does not appear to have altered pricing for RAM upgrades on its other Mac lineups, although different machines use different types of RAM, so a shortage or cost increase for one specific type would not necessarily affect all of Apple’s Macs. Even the high-end 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ is unaffected, as it uses a faster type of RAM paired with its newer 10th-generation Intel processors and upgrading from 16GB to 32GB remains priced at $400.

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Deals: AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Return to $149.98 on Amazon, While AirPods Pro Remain at Low Price of $220

Amazon has returned the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case to their low price of $149.98, down from $199.00. This is the Amazon all-time-low price that appeared earlier in the month, and it remains the best deal we’ve ever tracked for this model of the 2019 AirPods.

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These AirPods include Apple’s Wireless Charging Case, which allows you to refuel the headphones on any Qi-compatible wireless charging mat. If you place an order today, Amazon’s delivery estimate states that the AirPods should arrive between Monday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 27.

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AirPods w/ Wireless Charging Case for $149.98

If you’re shopping for the AirPods Pro, Verizon still has the best deal around: you can get the high-end wireless AirPods Pro for $219.99, down from $249.00 for a limited time. This $30 discount is applied automatically after you place the AirPods Pro in your shopping cart.

Verizon supports free two day shipping, and some retail stores are offering same-day pick-up for some locations across the United States. This is $5 under AT&T’s current price on the headphones, and one of the lowest prices we have ever seen for new AirPods Pro.

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AirPods Pro for $219.99

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Comparing the 13-Inch MacBook Pro to the MacBook Air and iPad Pro

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Deals: Apple’s AirPods Pro Drop to New Low Price of $219 at Verizon ($30 Off)

Verizon continues to lower the price of Apple’s AirPods Pro, now offering the Bluetooth headphones for $219.99, down from an original price of $249.00. This is $5 under AT&T’s current price on the headphones, and the lowest price we have ever seen for new AirPods Pro to date.

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Like previous Verizon discounts, you’ll need to add the AirPods Pro to your cart to see the $30 discount. Verizon supports free two day shipping, and some retail stores are offering same-day pick-up for some locations across the United States.

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AirPods Pro for $219.99

AirPods Pro are Apple’s high-end headphones, with support for Active Noise Cancellation. The AirPods Pro also have overall better sound quality than the AirPods, and custom silicone ear-tips that provide a more snug fit for different ear sizes.

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Deals: Get the New 512GB MacBook Air for $1,199 ($100 Off, Lowest Price)

Amazon and B&H Photo are discounting the 512GB MacBook Air from 2020 this week, returning the notebook to its lowest ever price. At both retailers you’ll find the 13-inch MacBook Air (Gold, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,199.00, down from $1,299.00.

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On Amazon, the fastest shipping option will get the notebook in by Sunday, May 10, and Prime members can opt for the typical free two-day shipping. On B&H Photo, free expedited shipping is available and the MacBook Air is predicted to arrive within one to three business days, depending on your location.

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512GB MacBook Air for $1,199.00

Apple updated the MacBook Air line in March 2020 with a boost to internal storage options, 10th generation Intel processors, and a new scissor-switch keyboard. Overall, the MacBook Air has a 13-inch Retina display, slim bezels, Touch ID, and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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Deals: AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Return to Low Price of $149.98 on Amazon ($49 Off)

Amazon has returned the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case to their lowest price of $149.98 today, down from Apple’s price of $199.00. This accessory is the model that launched in 2019 and includes a Wireless Charging Case that is compatible with Qi-enabled mats.

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Amazon introduced this price point last month, and the sale has come and gone over the past few weeks. If you’ve been on the hunt for the AirPods in 2020, this is definitely the best entry price for a new version of Apple’s AirPods with Wireless Charging Case.

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AirPods w/ Wireless Charging Case for $149.98

The same AirPods can be found for around $169-$179 at retailers like Adorama and Best Buy, so Amazon’s sale is the best you’ll find online this week. Sales have also hit the AirPods with Charging Case, priced at $135.99 at Verizon, down from $159.00.

At Verizon, the AirPods Pro also remain at their sale price of $224.99, down from $249.00. Although this discount is just about $24 off Apple’s price tag, it remains the lowest we’ve ever tracked for a new version of the AirPods Pro, and the best online among trusted Apple resellers.

We track sales for every model of the AirPods in our Best AirPods Deals guide, so be sure to bookmark that page while you shop around for the wireless headphones.

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Deals: Apple’s 2018 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Hits Low Price of $799 for 64GB Wi-Fi ($200 Off)

Amazon has introduced a few new discounts on the 2018 iPad Pro, with one particularly notable sale on the 64GB Wi-Fi 12.9-inch model. You can get this iPad Pro for $799.00, down from $999.00 right now on Amazon, a best-ever price among the major Apple resellers online.

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There are a few improvements on the 2020 iPad Pro models compared to those from 2018, like upgraded internals and camera, but for anyone mainly shopping with price in mind, opting for a 2018 model could be worth it to save money. At $799.00, this price is now the cheapest entry level price point a new model of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2018 has ever been.

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2018 iPad Pro for $799.00

There are a few other notable discounts for the 2018 iPad Pro, which we’ve rounded up below. The 256GB Wi-Fi 12.9-inch model is $944.00 at Tiger Direct, down from $1,149.00, which is another lowest price. For 11-inch 2018 models, the best deal right now is at Best Buy, where you can get the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad Pro for $699.99, down from $799.00.

If you’re still mainly looking for 2020 iPad Pro deals, we recently rounded up a few of these. One of the best all-around discounts is for the 128GB cellular 12.9-inch iPad Pro, priced at $1,098.25 on Amazon, down from $1,149.00. For even more iPad deals, head to our full Best Deals guide for iPad. In that guide we track the best discounts online for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.

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Deals: AirPods Pro Hit New Low Price of $224.99 on Verizon ($24 off)

AirPods Pro have hit a new all-time-low today thanks to the latest discount from Verizon Wireless. After you add the AirPods Pro to your shopping cart, you’ll see a $24 discount reflected, dropping the price of the wireless headphones to $224.99, down from $249.00.

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This is around $10 cheaper than the usual discount we see on the AirPods Pro, which is currently going on right now on Amazon. There you can get the AirPods Pro for $234.98, representing around a $15 discount. Verizon’s price is the best price for a new pair of AirPods Pro that we’ve tracked to date.

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AirPods Pro for $224.99

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Apple Announces App Store Price Changes in Barbados, Moldova, and Uzbekistan

Apple today announced that, in the next few days, prices of App Store apps and in-app purchases, excluding auto-renewable subscriptions, will be changed in Barbados, Moldova, and Uzbekistan due to new value-added taxes.



Aside from the price changes, Apple says a low value-added tax was also introduced in Malaysia. Prices on the ‌App Store‌ in Malaysia will not change and developer proceeds will be adjusted accordingly.

According to Apple, the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps in ‌App Store‌ Connect will update automatically with the new pricing information once the changes go live.

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