Better start saving now because if you plan to acquire all of Apple’s new autumn and holiday products, it’s gonna cost.
Of course, I’m being playful here. Not everyone buys all of Apple’s new products when they come out, especially when they’re clustered into a few months. And then there’s the family effect. That is, various family members may or may not need upgrades all in sync. That can magnify or reduce the burden.
But enough of the caveats. Let’s look at how much it’ll cost just one person to indulge in Apple’s delicious new treats from September to December.
1. Apple Watch Series 3. [Likely]. Let’s call it US$400 for a new aluminum Apple Watch with an LTE radio system. The original Series 0 started shipping in April of 2015. And so, with new features, including direct internet access, possibly a new form factor and watchOS 4 features to exploit the new hardware, there will be serious temptation for many owners to upgrade to a new Apple Watch. Blood glucose measurement would seal the deal as a must have.
2. HomePod [Certain] $349. While the AirPods are still in short supply and don’t meet everyone’s needs, the Apple HomePod looks to be a killer product in good supply. Great sound. Siri interface. iOS-based security. Access to 40 milllion songs. It’ll be the perfect Christmas gift too. I know I want one.
3. iPhone 8. [Certain—except for the name] The rumor mill is in full swing, but we’re pretty certain it’ll have a glorious OLED display and a very small bezel. I won’t go into all the rumors, well covered elsewhere. It’ll be a bit more expensive than usual, but likely not $1400. Let’s call it $1100 for 128 MB storage. And that doesn’t include AppleCare+. That’s a big hit on the credit card, but it’ll also be the hottest item of the decade because it’ll be the 10th anniversary iPhone.. Apple won’t let us forget that.
4. Apple TV 5th Generation, 4K/UHD/HDR. [Likely]. Excellent sleuthing suggests this is finally coming, with full HDR suport, and the holidays will be the perfect time to release it. That’s when the 4K/UHD TVs go on sale big time. Because it will require new hardware to support H.265/HEVC decompression and the Dolby Vision chip (with attendant licensing fee), get ready for a jump in price from $199 on the high end to at least $249. For that much money, it better look really great. Please?
Of course if you or a family member has their eye on a new 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro, that’s going to cost the better of $1000 when all is said and done. And then, I shouldn’t omit the new, amazing iMac Pro that will ship in December starting at $4999. But that’s carrying things a bit far, so let’s just focus on the four basics above.
Adding it All Up
Adding up all the above four core items, in an Apple autumn extravaganza, comes to $2098. And that’s without AppleCare or sales tax. As I said in the intro, these items won’t be shipped all at once or purchased by the average Apple customer at the same time. But, it’s great to know that Apple has all these nifty items waiting for us very soon. I can feel my credit card beginning to melt.
Apple is on a roll again.