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US price comparison: Macs and iPads 2013

Australia always pays at least a little more for tech products. We break down the price difference between Australia and the US for the new iPads and Macs.

Australia always pays at least a little more for tech products. We break down the price difference between Australia and the US for the new iPads and Macs.

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Last month, we saw the launch of Apple's latest set of iPhones and noticed that there was quite a noticable price discrepancy between Australia and the US. This is pretty normal for Australia; although the House Committee inquiry found that Australia was being grossly overcharged for tech, little has changed.

When it comes to the iPad, though, Apple is generally pretty consistent with its pricing, and this year, the pricing is pretty close — once 10 per cent GST is factored in, which US buyers normally don't have applied until point of sale, the highest discrepancy is still less than AU$40 or around a five per cent increase — which seems fair once shipping is accounted for. Interestingly, the 128GB iPad Airs even seem to be a little cheaper to buy in Australia.

iPad Australian price US price US price + GST, converted Difference
iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB AU$479 US$399 AU$450.57 AU$28.43
iPad mini Wi-Fi 32GB AU$598 US$499 AU$563.49 AU$34.51
iPad mini Wi-Fi 64GB AU$699 US$599 AU$676.29 AU$22.71
iPad mini Wi-Fi 128GB AU$799 US$699 AU$768.19 AU$30.81
iPad mini Cellular 16GB AU$629 US$529 AU$597.20 AU$31.80
iPad mini Cellular 32GB AU$749 US$629 AU$710.09 AU$38.91
iPad mini Cellular 64GB AU$849 US$729 AU$822.86 AU$26.14
iPad mini Cellular 128GB AU$949 US$829 AU$935.74 AU$13.26
iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB AU$598 US$499 AU$563.49 AU$34.51
iPad Air Wi-Fi 32GB AU$699 US$599 AU$676.29 AU$22.71
iPad Air Wi-Fi 64GB AU$799 US$699 AU$768.19 AU$30.81
iPad Air Wi-Fi 128GB AU$899 US$799 AU$902.05 -AU$3.05
iPad Air Cellular 16GB AU$749 US$629 AU$710.09 AU$38.91
iPad Air Cellular 32GB AU$849 US$729 AU$822.86 AU$26.14
iPad Air Cellular 64GB AU$949 US$829 AU$944.35 AU$4.65
iPad Air Cellular 128GB AU$1049 US$929 AU$1058.27 -AU$9.27

With its new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro line-ups, though, pricing seems a little more askew. It doesn't seem too dire with the MacBook Pro — the biggest gap is AU$237.22 on the MacBook Pro, a rise of about eight per cent.

The Mac Pros stand out, though. The quad-core Mac Pro has a price difference of AU$612.70, or around 18 per cent, while the 6-core model has a gap of about 17 per cent.

Mac Australian price US price US price + GST, converted Difference
Mac Pro quad core AU$3999 US$2999 AU$3386.30 AU$612.70
Mac Pro 6 core AU$5299 US$3999 AU$4514.92 AU$784.08
MacBook Pro 13 inch 2.4GHz 4GB AU$1599 US$1299 AU$1466.59 AU$132.41
MacBook Pro 13 inch 2.4GHz 8GB AU$1849 US$1499 AU$1692.39 AU$156.61
MacBook Pro 13 inch 2.6GHz 8GB AU$2199 US$1799 AU$2031.07 AU$167.93
MacBook Pro 15 inch 2.0GHz 8GB AU$2499 US$1999 AU$2278.06 AU$220.94
MacBook Pro 15 inch 2.3GHz 16GB AU$3199 US$2599 AU$2961.78 AU$237.22

Apple had no explanation for these prices when it stood before the pricing inquiry committee, and we doubt it will have one now; however, CNET Australia has contacted the company for comment and will update this story if we receive more information.

Currencies were converted on 23 October 2013 at a rate of 1 AUD = 0.974313 USD.