Following the launch of the new entry-level iPads and iPad Pros on October 18, markets outside the US have seen a significant price increase for the existing iPad Mini models on Apple’s website.
In the UK the 64GB iPad Mini now costs £569 instead of £479, while the 256GB model is now £749 instead of £619. All in all, that’s an increase of 19% to 21%, which isn’t small. Similar price increases can be seen across the EU market, and Apple has yet to give an explicit reason for this.
Raising the prices of existing iPad models to make the newer versions appear more budget-friendly is bad news for non-US consumers and not particularly consumer-friendly in general. The same thing happened to the not long ago iPhone SE when the iPhone 14 was released, albeit on a smaller scale in comparison.
A pattern seems to be emerging here, with Apple dumping new products with heavier and heavier price tags at us. In this year’s review M2 MacBook Airwe jotted down the amazing new asking price for the MacBook Air vs Macbook Air M1 when it hits the market in 2020. It will be interesting to see if this trend will continue in the future for new launches and products and if we should get used to dropping a new product on suspicion that its predecessors are getting more expensive.
The scary thought creeps in and we have to ask ourselves: will MacBooks and iPads continue to rise in price from now on, and by how much each time? With rumors that we could be getting a new fleet of MacBooks any day, this pricey consistency doesn’t bode well for those of us eager to get a new MacBook anytime soon.
Analysis: If you want a cheap Apple device, you’ll have to wait until Black Friday
If MacBooks are indeed getting more expensive – does it make sense to buy one now? As Black Friday approaches, there’s a good chance that the prices of existing MacBooks will drop. A cheap MacBook is a relative thing – they’re not cheap laptops at the best of times – but now you’re likely to find them more than ever the best MacBook for you at a less painful price.
In fact, if Apple actually announces new laptops, maybe successors to the MacBook Pro 14 inch and MacBook Pro 16 inchBlack Friday could be an excellent time to get the older models as retailers clear their stock before the newer versions go on sale.
Buying a new MacBook or a big tech purchase so close to Black Friday is risky, as you don’t want to risk buying something that gets a price drop a few weeks later. We have a feeling there will be many Black Friday MacBook deals later this year – so more expensive iPads might not be the terrible news you might have been expecting.
https://www.techradar.com/news/apple-raised-ipad-mini-prices-while-our-heads-were-turned-and-it-sucks Apple raised iPad mini prices while our heads were turned and it sucks