It's that time of the year, when Tim Cook descends from his private mountain in Cupertino to tell us all.
And after that first flush of excitement (! No headphone jack! Jet black!) it's time to lean back and work out what we'll actually be paying for this slick new device in Australia.
But taking a look at US vs Australian pricing, you'll be clearing four digits if you want to buy any new iteration of the iPhone 7 in Australia.
And even with a direct conversion from US dollars, you'll still be paying more by buying the iPhone in Oz.
|iPhone||Australian price||UK price||US price||US price +GST, converted||US/AU difference|
|iPhone 7 32 GB||AU$1,079||£599 (AU$1,040.88)||$649||AU$930.15||-AU$148.85|
|iPhone 7 128 GB||AU$1,229||£699 (AU$1,214.65)||$749||AU$1,073.47||-AU$155.53|
|iPhone 7 256 GB||AU$1,379||£799 (AU$1,388.42)||$849||AU$1,216.79||-AU$162.21|
|iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB||AU$1,269||£719 (AU$1,249.41)||$769||AU$1,102.13||-AU$166.87|
|iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB||AU$1,419||£819 ($1,423.18)||$869||AU$1,245.45||-AU$173.55|
|iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB||AU$1,569||£919 (AU$1596.95)||$969||AU$1,388.77||-AU$180.23|
Prices converted at a rate of AU$1 = £0.575474 and US$0.767510, current as of September 9, 2016 at 9.00 a.m. AEST.
In fact, the differences between Australian and US pricing are almostlast year. But the price of the base model has stayed the same (AU$1,079), while storage on that entry-level model is now 32GB rather than 16GB, so you're actually getting more for your money.
It's also important to factor in currency conversions.
At this time last year, the Australian dollar was significantly weaker than the greenback -- in the order of AU$0.70 to the US dollar, compared to roughly AU$0.76 today.
Thanks to a stronger Australian dollar and the same starting price on the iPhone 7 as the iPhone 6, the price difference between the US and Australia is greater in 2016. But just think about all that money you'll save on water-resistant cases and headphone detangling this year!
If you're looking to get the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus on contract, here's what Australia's telcos are offering:
If you're with Optus, our pick for the best value iPhone 7 is the 128GB model on the AU$85 per month plan. With handset repayments, that'll set you back AU$100 per month, but you'll get unlimited talk and text along with 7GB of data. Over the 2-year contract, that works out to a nice, round minimum spend of AU$2,400. If you're after the Plus, the 128GB will cost AU$107 per month on the same allowances, for AU$2,568 over 24 months. You can check out other plans at the Optus website, if you're after a different model or plan.
To get 10GB of data usage per month with the 128GB model iPhone 7, you'll be on the hook for AU$113 for a minimum of AU$2,712 over the 24-month contract. The 128GB iPhone 7 Plus will cost AU$122 per month including repayments on the same plan, for a total minimum of AU$2,928. If you're looking to spend a little less, or need a little more data, you can check out the full range here.
You'll score 11GB of data, unlimited calls and text and a shiny new 128GB iPhone 7 for AU$103 per month with Vodafone and a minimum of AU$2,472 over 24 months. The same plan with the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus will cost AU$113 per month, or AU$2,712 minimum over the life of the contract. For more Vodafone plans, check out the website.
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