Apple has refreshed its MacBook Air notebook lineup and reduced pricing slightly on some models. That makes some of the new designs a better deal, and there's no evidence of a major Australia tax.
The table below shows the old pricing, the charge for the newest model, the price being charged in the US for the newest model, and what that would translate to if converted directly into Australian dollars with 10 per cent GST added. The only real difference is the processor: the older models used a 1.3GHz Intel Core i5, the new models use a 1.4GHz Core i5. (You can pay extra if you want a Core i7 or more than 4GB of memory.)
|Model||Old price||New price||New $US price||$US price (converted)|
The entry-level model has stayed the same price, but the others are a little cheaper. Note that the tax-inclusive Australian prices are only slightly higher than the converted US price with GST included; given most US customers would also have to pay sales tax, we're no worse off (and potentially slightly better off in some cases). Apple has undoubtedly charged Australian consumers over the odds in the past, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.