We know Apple charges a premium on storage. That’s why many people buy RAM and HDD/SSD storage for their Macs from third party retailers, saving lots of money. With iOS devices, however, Apple is able to keep out third party upgrades because the devices are sealed shut. That’s why a device with 16GB costs $100 less than a device with 32GB of RAM, which in turn costs $100 less than a device with 64GB of flash storage. Apple buys Flash for less than anyone else on earth but mere mortals can get storage for a fraction of what Apple charges.
So here’s this Time Capsule thing.
$299 for 2TB. To upgrade to a 3TB drive, you’ll need $200 more. How absurd is this? The difference between a 2TB and 3TB drive is like $40.
Not only is this beyond the call of the “Mac Tax” but it is crazy easy to get around. For an extra $150 (Still $50 less than the 3TB model) you can buy a perfectly good 3TB USB Seagate or Western Digital hard drive from Amazon. Then just plug it into the back of the 2TB model and you have 5TB of addressable space. You’ve been able to use USB drives since 2008 as Time Machine backups or Network Attached Storage.
Of course it is nice to have the drive in a convenient little package with only one plug, but for $200, only getting an extra TB seems a little absurd. Read more