I recently told you that I didn’t really need the iPhone 14 Pro that I got on launch day. The iPhone 14 would have met my mobile needs and I wouldn’t have noticed the difference. And I told you that iPhone 14 and Plus are not “13s” iPhone models. These are Pro models that Apple sells for less.
All of this made me realize that we’ve reached a level of technological sophistication that makes Apple’s entry-level and mid-range devices incredibly useful. And that you don’t have to buy the pros to have a fantastic experience. Forget the iPhone Pro, iPad Pro, and MacBook Pro if you don’t need any of the Pro features. Instead, you should opt for what I’m about to call the “Apple Air” experience and never look back.
What is the Apple Air experience?
There’s no such thing as Apple Air, of course. I use this phrase to describe an entry level to mid-range Apple device. And I use the word “Air” because some of the products I’m going to mention use that word in the product name.
These are the iPad Air and the MacBook Air, although the latter is really the product that made this marketing term famous. The MacBook Air was once expensive, even though it didn’t offer Pro features. It was the slim design that people loved, a design that Apple stuck with for years. Fast forward to 2022, and the MacBook Air is as powerful as the MacBook Pro, thanks to Apple’s significant innovations in the silicon department.
The iPad Air is not as popular as the MacBook Air. But it still ticks similar boxes. The M1 iPad Air is practically an iPad Pro without a few bells and whistles.
What other Air devices are there?
Shoppers looking to get Apple devices on the cheap will love this Apple Air experience. Especially if they don’t need the Pro features that come with the more expensive iPhone, iPad, or MacBook.
These Pro features include better displays that support 120Hz refresh rates and more raw power in terms of CPU and GPU performance. And more RAM. They’re also getting better cameras, especially the iPhone.
But if you’re looking to save some cash on brand new Apple devices, especially in this economy, you can look at Apple’s more affordable devices – what I call the Airs. Note that I did say brand new gadgets. You can pick up great deals on new and used Apple products online, including the perks we’re about to steer clear of.
The $799 128GB iPhone 14 is the cheapest iPhone 14 model you can consider. Apple also sells iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, which are great devices in 2022 if you need to save more money.
With the iPad, things are even simpler or more complicated. The cheapest iPad is the $329 64GB iPad 9 that Apple launched last year. But here, you might want to spend $449 on the all-new 64GB iPad 10 because it comes with a USB-C port. The $599 64GB iPad Air gets you the M1 processor upgrade.
As far as MacBooks go, the $999 MacBook Air M1 that Apple launched in 2020 is a great device. If you can spend the extra $200, you get the all-new MacBook Air design and the all-new M2 chip. But the M1 MacBook Air is a killer laptop that gets next to no real competition.
We’ve eliminated the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, but that still leaves the accessories. The $249 Apple Watch SE 2022 will be a fantastic mid-range wearable. It uses the same dual-core S8 chip as the more expensive Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. But it features an older design and does not support the latest health tracking features. Still, it’s a great “Air” device to guide you until you’re ready to buy something more expensive.
AirPods (2nd generation) are Apple’s cheapest AirPods. They don’t feature the new 3rd Gen design and don’t support active noise cancellation like the AirPods Pro. But will they offer an impressive musical experience? Absolutely. Priced at $129, these are great wireless headphones to buy. And you’ll often find great deals at other retailers.
How much does the Apple Air experience cost?
Simple math tells us that the Apple Air experience above will set you back $2,625. You get the iPhone 14 for $799, iPad 10 for $449, MacBook Air M1 for $999, Apple Watch SE 2 for $249, and AirPods 2 for $129. That’s still a lot of money to spend on Apple gear at the same time. And Apple loves its profit margins, which is why these cheap Apple devices are still expensive for many people.
But you don’t have to buy everything all at once. Plus, getting a MacBook and an iPad at the same time can be overkill. The iPhone is easily the priority, especially if you’re upgrading.
That said, your mileage may vary. You might find great deals on these devices to lower the price of entry. And you could complete your collection of Apple gear in a few years. This is another great thing about buying Apple. These devices will last for years. But if you’re not looking for the Pro experience, you should aim for great value for money. Switch to the Apple Air experience and never look back. You won’t be sorry.
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