Just after Apple proudly debuted its newest MacBook Pros, the company quietly lowered the prices of high-capacity storage upgrades for older Mac products on its website. Reports show that anyone purchasing a MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, and the old MacBook Pro will save up to $100 if they get the 512GB or 1TB options.
Getting extra storage used to add $300 to $400 (512GB) or even $700 to $900 (1TB) to the cost of the device, but for these older models, Apple appears to have shaved off some of the price. For example, upgrading the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air to 512GB of SSD PCIe-based flash storage costs $200 now, instead of $300. For the base model of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, it now costs $400 to upgrade to 512GB of flash storage, which is $100 less than earlier this year.
Apple is still selling the 2015 13- and 15-inch models of the MacBook Pro. The 15-inch model that comes with 256GB of storage can be upgraded to 512GB for $200 and 1TB for $600, down from $300 and $800, respectively. Those are actually the same prices for the same upgrades to the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, only the new model also has a 2TB upgrade option for an additional $1,400. The 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is a bit trickier, since it comes standard with just 128GB of SSD: it can be upgraded to 256GB for $200, 512GB for $400, and 1TB for $800.
Apple only updated the MacBook Pro at its most recent event at the end of last month, much to the dismay of fans who were hoping for other new Macs. While it wasn’t a surprise to see such a big update to the MacBook Pros, it was a bit surprising that Apple didn’t update any of the other Macs. That makes it a couple of years since some Macs have seen any kind of update, and the future of some of those products—namely the MacBook Air—is uncertain at best. It’s also worth noting that the actual starting prices of all these older Macs have not changed—the price cut has only affected the additional costs of extra storage.