Apple Gear Setup Challenge

Chris Wilson, started a fun little exercise after coming across a YouTube video about the Ultimate Apple Setup for $1000 and wondered about other price points. The budget spans across four different price points: £500, £1000, £2500 and £5000.

Andy Nicolaides published his picks on The Dent and proceeded to challenge a selected few.

Rules (Set by Chris):

  • You cannot use any other items, if you have a Mac Pro lying around your home, I don’t care.
  • The prices are based off Apple’s website.

I’m approaching this challenge with what I will buy for my needs given the specific budgets, rather than a recommendation based on the best bang for your buck.

Edit: ‪For each category, I looked at it as if I had no devices at all, starting fresh with the respective budget at hand. What would I buy? I’ll always get an iPhone first, it’s the affordable device that does pretty much ‘everything’!‬

Note: All products at the time of this publication are at Apple prices bought from the Apple Store.

£500 Price Point

  • iPhone SE (2020) 64GB – £419
  • iPhone SE Leather Case – £45
  • Apple 12W USB Power Adapter – £19
  • Belkin Anti-Glare Screen Protector – £14.95

Total: £497.95


£1000 Price point

  • iPhone SE (2020) 64GB – £419
  • iPad 7th gen 32GB (Wi-Fi Model) – £349
  • Smart Cover for iPad – £55
  • AirPods 2.0 (Non-Wireless) – £159

Total: £982


£2,500 Price Point

  • iPhone 11 Pro 256GB – £1,199
  • iPad Pro (2020) 12.9-inch 128GB (Wi-Fi Model) – £969
  • Smart Keyboard Folio – £199
  • Magic Trackpad 2 – £129

Total: £2496


£5000 Price Point

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB – £1,299
  • iPad Pro (2020) 12.9-inch 256GB (Wi-Fi Only) – £1,069
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro – £349
  • Apple Pencil 2nd Gen – £119
  • Apple Watch Series 5 GPS (44mm) – £429
  • AirPods Pro – £249
  • HomePod – £279
  • Apple TV 4K 32GB- £179
  • LG UltraFine 4K Monitor – £629
  • Magic Keyboard (Stand-alone) – £99
  • Magic Trackpad 2 – £129

Total: £4,829

Take away the LG UltraFine 4K monitor, switch the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro to the Smart Keyboard Folio, the same for Apple Watch with the Series 4, throw in a 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro instead of the 2020 model and you have my current ecosystem configuration of Apple products.

Apple,

Written by Habib

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