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Apple Quietly Raises Prices of Mac Mini Models in Multiple Countries

After announcing a refresh to its line of iMacs earlier this week, Apple has quietly increased the prices of all Mac mini configurations in multiple countries, including Australia, Brazil, and Malaysia, reports 9to5Mac. In Australia, the prices of the standard Intel Core i5 2.5GHz, Intel Core i7 2.3GHz, and Mac mini with OS X Server models are now A$749, $A999, and A$1249 respectively, up from their previous prices of A$699, A$899, and A$1099.

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Apple has tweaked pricing on some accessories as well in other countries. For example, UK customers have seen price increases on the Apple Wireless Keyboard (£2), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (£4), and Cinema Display VESA Mount Adapter Kit (£4). More significant prices increases have come on replacement MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries (£8), and the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (£15).

Earlier this year, the Mac Mini's shipping estimates increased to 5-7 days on the Apple Online Store, leading to hope for a potential refresh, but they returned to normal a few days later without an update. Notably, the Mac Mini is still using Intel's last-generation Ivy Bridge processors, with the 2013 MacBook Air and recent iMac refresh using Intel's new Haswell processors, which contain features such as lower power usage, better performance, and increased battery life for laptops.

If Apple is to refresh the Mac Mini this year, it would potentially be a part of a number of updates to various products in its line, including a new line of iPads, a new Apple TV, and a new MacBook Pro with Intel’s Haswell processors, as well as the company's dramatically redesigned Mac Pro. All products are expected to be refreshed in the following months before the end of the year.

Update: Contrary to the original report, Mac mini prices have not increased in Portugal.

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11 months ago
I assume this isn't the update that everyone was waiting for...
Rating: 27 Votes
11 months ago

Did the dollar weaken dramatically recently?


If it did, prices abroad would fall, not rise.

These tiny price rises are entirely reasonable. Consumers wont care they shouldn't even be reported tbh.


Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to post here, Tim. :apple:
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago


Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to post here, Tim. :apple:


Nah, if it was Tim, he'd say: "We at Apple believe in producing the best products in the world. We think cost is second to the experience and the joy you get when you use our products, and we think once you get your hands on one, you'll agree."
Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago
If this was a more consistent bump, I would wonder if perhaps they are upping prices before a refresh so they can charge more but say that the price is "staying the same" when they announce the refresh.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago
What does "quietly" mean in this context?

Did Apple ever host an event to announce 5-10% price hikes on some specific products in some specific countries?
Rating: 7 Votes
11 months ago
Cheeky ****s
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago
Did the dollar weaken dramatically recently?
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

These tiny price rises are entirely reasonable. Consumers wont care they shouldn't even be reported tbh.


Price rises of over 10% aren't tiny, and are worth reporting.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

He'd be right too.

You either help pay a contribution towards the extra cost of doing internationally, or you live without the best products in the world.


Well, there's two separate issues here -- Apple's high pricing in general (which people love to argue about), and the relative costs of products between countries, which is everyone, not just Apple.

As a Canadian I am no stranger to the higher costs of goods here. And in the last decade or so I think the costs are reasonable and fair. My litmus test is "how much would I save if I went to the US myself and bought it there". Once I add travel or shipping costs, and state taxes, the savings are usually inconsequential.

10 years ago it was different. The Canadian dollar was worth 65 cents on the US dollar so a product priced at $2000 in the US was closer to $3000 here. Except that the Canadian retail pricing would often be closer to $3499. Or worse. I remember buying a Sony VX2000 semi-pro camcorder. Retail in Canada was $4500. I bought it in the US for $2300. Saved a ton.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
There was a thread not long ago, about how cheap the mac mini was.
Not anymore!
Rating: 4 Votes

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