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Here's what you can buy from Apple for the price of an iPhone X

By Cookie Monster - 17 Nov 2017

The Mac lineup

Note: This article was first published on 17th September 2017.

You can buy so much more for the price of an iPhone X

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd know about the iPhone X, Apple's most eXpensive iPhone to date. The futuristic iPhone X actually costs quite a fair bit more than one would expect out of a phone as the 64GB model is priced at S$1,648 and the 256GB model is priced at a whopping S$1,888.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The iPhone X (256GB) is just S$112 shy of crossing the S$2,000 mark! And we've no doubt you would have to spend more than that figure once you factor in Apple Care and other individual preferential accessories to enhance your usage experience. With this in mind, we've decided to compile a list of other Apple gadgets which you can consider buying if you've given up on buying the iPhone X.  We'll go by product segments and we'll start off with the most often compared product for this price point - a notebook/desktop system.

The Mac lineup

The 12-inch MacBook

If you top up S$10, you can purchase the base model of the 12-inch MacBook which comes with the 7th gen Intel Core m3 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB 1866MHz RAM, 256GB SSD storage. As an additional bonus, you get to choose from four colors: space grey, silver, gold and rose gold, of which the latter two options are not available for the iPhone X.

The 13.3-inch MacBook Air

You also can consider the 13.3-inch MacBook Air which is equipped with Intel Core i5 dual-core 1.8GHz processor, 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM and 256GB SSD storage. The base model is priced at S$1,618, which leaves you with spare change of S$270. With S$270, you can choose to upgrade the processor for S$210 or top up another S$20 to max out the storage capacity at 512GB. 

The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro without TouchBar

While you can't buy the latest MacBook Pro with the TouchBar, a top up of S$10 can get you a powerful 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with 7th gen Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.3GHz processor, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD storage. Imagine that, a MacBook Pro vs. the iPhone X - who would have thought phones would ever be this pricey.

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display

Even more radical is that you can actually consider a 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display as an option too. With a top up of just S$10, you get an iMac equipped with 7th gen Intel Core i5 quad-core 3.0GHz processor, 8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, 1TB SATA Drive, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard. And don't forget, the system uses a 4K resolution Retina screen! Seems like you're getting quite a fair bit of hardware for the cost of an iPhone X.