You can get an amazing deal using Apple Card and Apple’s Trade-In. I bought my new MacBook Pro 16″ with M1 Max that costs $3,499 at full price, for just $240 per month. Here’s how.
The New MacBook Pro
I decided to order the best and most powerful standard configuration available, so that I could be assured a faster delivery time. Build to order, or customized configurations, often push out your delivery date. By the time I placed my order late on the day they were announced and were available to order on Oct 18, it was already around 5pm PT, and all the stock available to ship on the Oct 26 release date was already gone. So my order was estimated to ship in 3–4 weeks with a delivery date between Nov 9 – Nov 16. Customizing anything at that point pushed delivery dates into early Dec.
Today this same standard configuration has estimated delivery dates out to Dec 1 – Dec 8. While any customized config has dates all the way out to Jan 12 – Jan 24.
Another reason I chose that top of the line standard configuration was that I needed the graphics and display power of the M1 Max, and at least 32GB RAM.
Here are the specs on my MacBook Pro.
- 16-inch MacBook Pro – Space Gray
- M1 Max chip with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
- 32GB unified memory
- 1TB SSD storage
Trade-In My MacBook Air M1
A year ago I replaced my MacBook Air Intel with the new M1 based Air. Both were the base model configurations and both costs $999. Back then Apple offered the best trade-in price over everyone, and so it only costs me $426. The trade-in price Apple offered was $560. I wrote all about that in Get New Apple Silicon MacBook Air for just $426.
And once again this year Apple was offering the best trade-in price for the M1 Air. Apple’s offer this time is $620. And everywhere else I checked was lower – some were way way lower. Just like last year I checked out Gazelle, Decluttr, Cult of Mac Buy Back, SellYourMac, and they were all in the low to high-ish $500s. The best offer from those guys was around $570. So the best price and the no non-sense, simple and easy trade-in process that Apple offered was a no-brainer.
Apple Card Deals
When the Apple Card was announced, I registered for it, mainly to see if Apple could really innovate in such a stagnate industry like credit cards, and expecting to gain a financial advantage when buying from Apple. I was already pretty happy with the iPhone Upgrade Program that used Citizens Bank. That was one of the programs I managed when I worked at Apple.
For this purchase the Apple Card offered 3% cash back and 12 monthly payments at 0% interest. Making it super easy.
Here’s the breakdown.
|16-inch MacBook Pro – Space Gray|
– M1 Max chip with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
– 32GB unified memory
– 1TB SSD storage
|Trade-in of MacBook Air M1 2020 13″||($620)|
|Apple Card Daily Cash Back at 3%||($86.52)|
Apple Card 12 month interest free payments
|$239.91 per month|