Apple's Powerful M1 MacBooks are Lowering The Resale Value of Older MacBooks

“The impressive performance and battery life gains of the new M1 MacBooks have created a historic discontinuity in the normally placid resale market,” reports ZDNet:

Should you spend $800 for a one year old MacBook Air when for $200 more you could get a MacBook Air with several times the performance and 50 percent better battery life? That’s a question savvy buyers are asking themselves. Not surprisingly, the most common answer seems to be “Nope…!”

Unless buyers check out a site like Everymac they won’t know what they’re missing. The bottom-of-the-line M1 MacBook Air has a Geekbench 5 multiprocessor score that is almost 2.5x that of the early 2020, top-of-the-line quad-core I7. For 80 percent of the price. And most users won’t need to spend the extra cash for the 16GB version since the memory management and page swapping is so efficient. The contrast is even more striking when comparing MacBook Pros. Not only is the 13″ MacBook Pro faster on the Geekbench 5 single and multiprocessor benchmarks than the top-of-the-line 16″ MacBook Pro Intel I9, it’s less than half the price. And it isn’t just a single benchmark. Search on “M1 MacBook Pro vs 16 MacBook Pro” on YouTube to see multiple videos testing real world workloads on both machines.

The article also makes a prediction: “The best deals on Intel ‘Books are yet to come, assuming Apple offers retailers price protection.

“There seems to be a large inventory of Intel based MacBooks, and they have to clear them out before the end of 2021.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot – Apple’s Powerful M1 MacBooks are Lowering The Resale Value of Older MacBooks

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