Apple’s iPad2 will be released on March 11. It looks awesome, no doubt—just like the first one, released only 11 months ago. That got me thinking: how much would it really cost to feed an Apple addiction?
Before you label me a fan boy, let me offer the following facts in my defense:
- I don’t have a mac (Wife has a two or three year old MacBook)
- I have a pretty dated 30gb iPod (pre-Touch days)
- My love of Apple is actually much bigger than Apple—I love all technology
Moving on. For this calculation, I’ve made the following assumptions:
The addicted user will buy the following products:
- A Mac every two years
- A major non-laptop purchase every year
- A “minor” purchase every year
The calculation will be run for the following user profiles:
- The poser who buys the cheapest option of whatever new crap Steve presents
- The functional elitist who buys mid-grade all the way because they actually use it (this would be me)
- The hardcore fan boy who goes top of the top of the line every time
In summary, an Apple addiction costs a surprisingly little $89-198 per month. Maybe it’s just me but that’s much less than I’d have guessed it would cost to be swimming in shiny new Apple gear all the time. Hmmmm…
*Numbers do not include potentially substantial things like taxes, monthly cell charges, App Store purchases, the shakes, etc.