Apple has announced new ultra-thin port-free 12-inch MacBook models, including a gold variant if you're feeling particularly luxuriant. How much extra will Australians be paying if they want the new model? Not much, it turns out.
The new model, which comes in gold, silver and space grey, will ship in Australia from 10 April. It weighs 920 grams and is 13.1mm thin. It uses a USB-C port for charging, which is the only port on board -- for anything else to connect, you'll need a separate adaptor. (Gizmodo has full details on the new designs.)
The entry-level model, with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, costs $1799. The 2.6GHz processor/512GB SSD model is $2199. (Apple will continue to sell its existing Air and Pro lines.)
How does that compare with US pricing? The entry-level model costs $US1299, and the 512GB variant costs $US1599. Unlike Australia, however, the US prices don't include GST or any other sales tax. So to compare fairly, we firstly need to remove the GST from the Australian prices. That would give us a tax-free price of $1635.45 for the base model, and $1999.09 for the 512GB.
At current exchange rates, the US entry-level price converts to $1683 -- $50 more than the Australian tax-free price. For the 512GB model, the US dollar price converts to $2073 -- again around $50 more. So in practical terms, we're paying the same price as the US. We've often had cause to complain about excessive Apple pricing, but this is not one of those occasions.