Apple’s new skinny MacBook costs essentially the same in Australia as the US, with the pricing matching closely when you factor in exchange rates and taxes. But the declining Australian dollar also means that if you want to buy a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, it will now cost a lot more than when the phone launched last September.
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Apple updated its store this morning to incorporate its new Watch and MacBook models. It also increased the price on its iPhone models, presumably to take account of the declining value of the Australian dollar relative to the US. Here is how the prices have changed:
|Model||Old price||New price||% increase|
|iPhone 6 16GB||$869||$999||14.96%|
|iPhone 6 64GB||$999||$1149||15.02%|
|iPhone 6 128GB||$1129||$1299||15.06%|
|iPhone 6 Plus 16GB||$999||$1149||15.02%|
|iPhone 6 Plus 64GB||$1129||$1299||15.06%|
|iPhone 6 Plus 128GB||$1249||$1449||16.01%|
That rise is likely to drive some people to consider signing up for a contract. We’d still suggest buying outright and going prepaid if you can afford it. Either way, Apple is defying the usual trend of phones becoming cheaper as they get older.