In the weeks after the new 13-inch MacBook Pro debuted, upgrading the RAM from 8GB to 16GB cost a mere $100. But no more. The price is now twice that.
However, this isn’t an unprecedented price for the upgrade. Quite the opposite.
13-inch MacBook Pro RAM upgrade got more expensive
The Wayback Machine shows that as recently as May 28 the cost of upgrading the base model 13-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM was $100. A check of Apple’s website today shows that the price for the same upgrade today is $200.
This true whether the device comes pre-configured with a 256GB drive or a 512GB one. Upgrading the RAM for either is now double the cost it was last week.
Putting this in perspective
Rather than Apple beginning to charge an unprecedented amount for RAM, last month the company was instead offering the upgrade at an unusually low price. For Apple, anyway.
As the Wayback Machine also shows, anyone buying the 13-inch MacBook Pro that was available on March 28 and upgrading it from 8GB to 16GB of RAM had to pay $200, not half that.
Plus, the cost of the same RAM upgrade on a 2020 MacBook Air has always been $200.
And Apple hasn’t increased the cost of MacBook RAM upgrades across the board. For example, taking the faster version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 16GB to 32GB of RAM costs today the same as it did last week: $400.