This news comes right after the price hike on the Australian App Store – the pricing on the MacBooks has also been increased. The lineup includes those currently retailing and are available online across the world.
So who’s to take the blame for the price-rise? Well, it is the fluctuating foreign currency values against the US dollar that is causing the price hikes, Mac Rumors reports.
The prices have not just been raised in Australia — other countries that witnessed the price hike on Apple products include Brazil, New Zealand, Norway, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey.
The list of products for which the prices have been bumped-up read out to be the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro.
Reportedly, in New Zealand the current MacBook Air lineup is available for $1,599 – $2,199. The same was earlier retailing at a price ranging from $1,399 – $1,799 in the country.
As noted by Mac Rumors, other countries affected also showed a similar increase in price. Earlier the price range on MacBook Air in Brazil was between $5.899 and R$ 7.699. The rates currently on the MacBook Air in Brazil range from $8.499 and R$ 11.499.
While this is a significant rise, naturally there is nothing Apple can do since it is about the exchange rates worldwide.
As per reports, same trend is witnessed across the countries affected with the hike in prices for the Apple products.
It was only last week that News.com.au shared that the prices of apps on the Australian App Store will be raised to $1.49 from $1.29, owing to the falling dollar value.
Including Australia, the price hike on the App Store affected Indonesia and Sweden as well.
However, relief came in the form of low-price tiers, allowing developers to put a price of 99 cents on their apps.
Apple had released a statement, which read, “In addition, we’re adding two new low-price tiers, Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B, for the Australian App Store. We’ll automatically update the prices for existing apps and In-App Purchases that already use the Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B price tiers.”