The $52,000 Mac Pro is only worth $970, Apple says

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We might still be waiting for Apple to refresh the Mac Pro and finally add Apple silicon support, but it’s still the most expensive Mac you can buy. You can now spend $52,199 on a Mac Pro if you want to. But Apple says it isn’t worth that much.

At least, it isn’t when you consider trading it in for something new.

That’s what MKBHD researcher and writer David Imel found when looking at how much the company Mac Pro would be worth if trading it in against one of Apple’s new MacBook Pros or Mac mini this week. The result was somewhat shocking.

A Mac Pro or an iPhone?

It’s shocking for one simple reason — Apple’s trade-in system told Imel that the $52,199 Mac Pro is worth only $970 in credit against something new. Unfortunately, that means the Mac Pro isn’t worth enough to get Apple’s best iPhone — the iPhone 14 Pro.

That’s pretty grim, no matter how you look at it.

While it’s to be expected that any used product would see a reduction in value over time, it’s probably fair to say that such a huge fall isn’t something most people would expect. We can all agree that buying an Intel Mac right now probably isn’t a good idea, making it all the more galling that Apple continues to sell it. And in this particular configuration, no less.

As for the new Apple silicon Mac Pro, that’s expected to arrive at some point this year. Apple is said to be working on the M2 Ultra chip that it’ll be powered by, and we can surely expect the Mac Studio to use it, too.

How much that new Apple silicon Mac Pro will cost is anyone’s guess. But let’s hope nobody expects to be able to trade their old model in and get any real money for it. At least, not from the company that made it.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.