You know you want a Mac Pro, right? Why didn’t you order one? Maybe it was the $5,999 starting price? $12,000 with that awesome XDR Pro display and stand.
Would you change your mind and order the Mac Pro you’ve always wanted if you knew it was less expensive than Apple’s original iMac?
Let’s do the math.
First, we need some prices. The original Mac, circa 1984, was priced at $2,495. That would get you a new MacBook Pro with 16-inch Retina display today. But if we do the inflation dance, and count the 1984 Mac’s value in 2019 dollars, the price would be $6,176 in today’s dollars.
That means the original Mac would be about the same as today’s iMac Pro, and about the same as the entry-level Mac Pro, sans monitor and keyboard.
Hey, no matter how you look at it, a Mac today, by 1984 dollars, is an absolute bargain.
OK let’s carry this down the road.
An original iMac, circa 1998, the first Mac launched after Steve Jobs’ second coming to Apple, was priced at a measly $1,299. In 2019 dollars, that would get you a Mac priced at $2,049.
Alright, here’s the comparison to get you whatever Mac you want. The original M5120 Mac Portable, from 1989, was priced at $6,500– $800 more if you wanted a built-in hard disk drive.
What can you get that compares to the original Mac Portable in 2019 dollars? I did the math, thanks to the US Inflation Calculator, and that means it would be $13,482 today. Just enough to get a Mac Pro with display and stand.
So, the logic goes this way: “Honey, I want to buy a new Mac.” You know the response. “How much?” The proper answer should be: “It’ll be the same as the original Mac portable. What a bargain.”
Then, charge it on Apple Card and deduct another 6-percent. Use the $800 savings on your spouse or partner. Life is good.