Oh, Apple. Love it or hate it, it’s one of the most recognizable brands in the world, worth trillions of dollars.
Whether it’s because of its fascinating history, or that perfectly minimalist and iconic logo, or the many appearances of the logo in movies and television series… Or simply because Apple makes good technology that’s easy to use, powerful and pretty – people love buying Apple products, and many would be proud to own them.
And while we can say that some of Apple’s products offer excellent value for money, such as the very powerful new iPhone SE (2022), or the base iPad, by now, many tech enthusiasts would probably describe Apple’s devices as overpriced.
There is a reason for this. Today we are going to look at some of the products that Apple sells, especially accessories, which I doubt anyone would say are indeed outrageously expensive. And we’ll think about who these accessories might be for, because it’s clearly not the average Joe.
Let’s dive into the wonderful world of overpriced Apple accessories, starting with perhaps the most popular!
Professional Display – $999
You might be mistaken thinking it’s made of platinum, due to the fact that it costs half the price of lasik surgery, but it’s really just a metal display stand for the Pro Display Apple’s XDR.
Yes, for the price of two Apple screen mounts, you can actually get the gift of vision for yourself or a loved one, who has myopia, but needs long range vision when you can have Apple support for your XDR display!
Now granted, this is clearly a product that Apple is targeting for professionals – likely casual business people who commute to the office on a scooter, wear Converse sneakers paired with a tie, and can afford a display stand of first part matched perfectly with their Apple Pro display. .
No problem with that! Unless you’re looking at that piece of metal from the outside, of course… I just spent $400 on an Apple Watch and felt like it was too much, I can’t imagine buying that. But then again, thriving businesses that can afford to splurge would probably appreciate having this thousand dollar display.
Four Wheel Mac Pro – $699
You know that big cheese grater-like Mac Pro that Apple sells? Well, if you want the privilege of rolling it, instead of having to pick it up to move it, it’ll cost you $700.
It’s pretty hard to justify spending $700 on four wheels, but hey… Actually, I don’t know how many companies have to drive around their Mac Pro all the time to justify this purchase, but clearly, they exist. Or one day Apple will have to bury thousands of these wheels in a landfill, after some are left. Who’s to say?
Fun fact, you can buy a complete computer tower stand with four wheels for around $17 on Amazon, but it’s not Apple… It’s more of an unbranded brand – disgusting!
Four feet for Mac Pro – $299
So you bought a Mac Pro, which already came with four feet pre-installed – why would you buy them?
Well, actually, you can buy the Mac Pro with the aforementioned $700 wheels pre-installed instead, so those feet are an option if you ever change your mind. You know, if you’re not really great with your finances.
Or, again, to be fair, if you’re an ever-changing business that can afford all of that. No one is judging you! More power for you! I’m not jealous!
Thunderbolt cable (3m) – $159
Well, it’s braided and “rolls up without tangling”, so that’s nice. You can buy a 3-meter-long Thunderbolt cable for around $15, capable of the exact same transfer speed, but no one will judge you if you want Apple’s $160 one. It is reasonably likely to be of better quality.
Still, $160? I know I’m not paying for this. As someone who has always lived with cheap 3rd party cables (HDMI, Thunderbolt) I can confirm that they did what I wanted them to do just fine, despite their infinitely lower price and lack of Apple brand.
Smart Keyboard Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro – $179
It’s personal. I’ll put it mildly – as someone who used this keyboard for less than a month until it got all dirty and torn – I really don’t believe it’s worth $180. It has no legs, so you just have to put it on any table you want to use it on – its entire surface gets dirty and, indeed, scratches very easily… Far too easily.
No backlight, no trackpad, no infinite adjustment angles… It’s great in concept, lightweight, and I like the feel of the keys, plus it’s splash proof – but there’s Keyboard options for iPad from brands like Brydge, Logitech, and Zagg that I consider to be much better and feature rich… And these are also cheaper.
Magic Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro – $349
This is one crazy cool iPad keyboard so far, with backlit keys and a great trackpad. However, it’s not exactly comfortable on the lap, it doesn’t offer what you’d consider a ‘normal’ laptop experience – and that’s arguably for the worse.
The Brydge company sells a cheaper $100 keyboard that completely transforms your iPad into a Macbook-like device, and if you really don’t care about top quality, you can get an unbranded iPad Pro 12.9 keyboard case for as low as $80.
Still, this Apple “Magic” keyboard has a unique design and is therefore quite visually striking, so for that alone I can personally relate to the price, although I wouldn’t.
Apple Watch Hermes band – $539
So you just got yourself a $400 Apple Watch that came with a strap, so why not spend more than the full cost of the watch and get a Hermès luxury band too?
It’s a cheap shot, I know – luxury brands are overpriced, that’s kind of their thing. If you like luxury brands, that’s cool. I just feel like my Nike watch strap, which I don’t even know how much it costs because it came with my $400 Apple Watch, looks better.
Apple Watch Hermes Stainless Steel Case – $1499
If you thought the previous leather strap was too expensive, oh how you must laugh now. Compared to $1499, $539 is starting to look pretty! Still, it looks like something a wealthy businessman might wear. And you get the watch included, in stainless steel as opposed to aluminum.
There’s a wise old adage that goes, “You gotta pay to play!”
And boy if we flagship tech fans don’t get it.
Let us know in the comments – what’s the most expensive and hard to justify tech purchase you’ve ever made?
Maybe it was a flagship phone, a fancy case, or a $2300 LED graphics card for your PC that you can’t even see when you’re using it? (Yes, these exist, the price is right.)