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2. iCloud+ upgrades for Albania, Armenia, Belarus, and Iceland are charged in U.S. dollars (USD), with prices slightly higher due to the Value Added Tax (VAT). 3. Taxes are included in all prices for these countries and regions: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China mainland, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Türkiye, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.4. Residents in some U.S. states have tax added to the monthly payment due to state laws.
To be fair, Apple hasn't increased the prices of the regular iPhone and the pro iPhones in the two years since the iPhone 12. But it has employed clever pricing strategies that make it more expensive to buy into the flagship iPhone lineup. For instance, Apple debuted the iPhone 12 Mini in 2020. It retailed for $729 unlocked which dropped to $699 if you activated it on a carrier at the time of purchase. That means the Mini sells for the exact same price as the previous year's iPhone 11 -- even though the former is a smaller device positioned as a more budget-friendly option. Fast-forward to 2022, and suddenly the Mini is missing from the iPhone lineup. (Apple discontinued it in favor of the iPhone 14 Plus.) Without an iPhone 14 Mini, the price of buying into the iPhone 14 series is now $829. That's higher than last year's buy-in price by $100.
It's no secret that phone prices have soared as technology has progressed. New features like 5G, advanced cameras and foldable displays all make for more expensive phones. Thankfully, even Apple's priciest iPhone is still cheaper than foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which starts at $1,800 without a trade-in. But it's getting close. Case in point: The highest-storage variant of the iPhone 14 Pro Max (1TB) will set you back $1,599 -- and that's before you throw in sales tax, Apple Care, a phone case and anything else you might need to use your new iPhone.
Despite the surge in iPhone prices, most people in the US don't feel the pinch since carriers typically offer discounts and subsidies, shaving hundreds of dollars off the list price to encourage upgrades. In fact, for the iPhone 14 lineup, AT&T offered a "free" iPhone 14 when you trade in an older iPhone. Trading in an iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB will net you the full deal value as long as everything works and nothing is broken.
Outside the United States, it's a little different. Even as Apple kept the price of its iPhone generally steady in the US, it hiked prices in some Asian and European countries where currencies have dropped against the dollar in the past year. Shoppers in the UK had to contend with a price increase of approximately $80 for the iPhone 14, which starts at 849 compared to the iPhone 13's price tag of 779. Meanwhile, people in Japan were dealt one of the highest prices globally, approximately $150 more, due mostly to a slumping yen.
But the iPhone 14 didn't see a price hike in mainland China, Apple's largest market outside the US, despite a drop in the country's yuan currency. At the same time, iPhone demand in China has softened in recent years as the country grapples with economic pressures resulting from COVID-19 lockdowns.
How Apple will price the upcoming iPhone 15 is anyone's guess. However, industry analysts say it will be tough for Apple to increase prices for the regular iPhone in 2023 given the looming risk of a recession as well as Apple's success with the expansion of instalment plans.
Apple tightly controls the price of its products in China and very rarely lets third-party retailers offer such steep discounts. Apple previously allowed retailers to slash prices in June 2020, after China was re-opening its economy following tough lockdowns across the country to battle the initial Covid outbreak.
Apple denied a charge that it schemed with publishers to hike prices for e-books, portraying itself as a hero for prying Amazon's "monopolistic grip" from the market. googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2'); ); "The DOJ's accusation of collusion against Apple is simple not true," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in an emailed statement a day after a Department of Justice antitrust suit was filed."The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry."The Justice Department sued Apple and five publishing firms Wednesday alleging a conspiracy to raise prices and limit competition for e-books. It immediately announced a partial settlement in the case.Officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers such as Amazon to accept a new pricing plan that ended their ability to offer discounts for electronic books. A Kindle e-reader. Prior to the introduction of Apple's iPad, online retail giant Amazon sold electronic versions of many new best sellers for $9.99. Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster reached a settlement but the case will proceed against Apple and the other two -- Macmillan and Penguin Group -- "for conspiring to end e-book retailers' freedom to compete on price," the Justice Department said.Attorney General Eric Holder said that as a result of the conspiracy, "consumers paid millions of dollars more for some of the most popular titles," and competition was eliminated.Prior to the introduction of Apple's iPad, online retail giant Amazon sold electronic versions of many new best sellers for $9.99.After Apple's "agency" model was adopted, the prices rose to $12.99 and higher, the suit said, and price competition among retailers was "unlawfully eliminated." (c) 2012 AFP
Meanwhile, in affordable, midsize cities and suburbs, rent prices saw significant growth throughout the pandemic. In Boise, Idaho, rents have increased nearly 10 percent since March, more than double the growth experienced during the same period last year.
Apple is planning to hike app prices for customers in Canada, Norway, and the European Union, according to a Canadian Press report. The wire service cites an email sent to developers on Wednesday, saying the price bumps would be made within 36 hours.
In its most recent filing, Apple put forward its counterclaim, that publishers had decided to eliminate discounts on wholesale book prices of e-books and to delay e-book sales to first sell more lucrative hardcovers (a practice called windowing), both decisions made independent of Apple in order to force Amazon to raise prices.
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Some highlighter offers include the Apple Watch 6 on sale for a record-low price of $324 (opens in new tab) (was $399.99), the AirPods Pro down to $174 (opens in new tab) (was $249), which is the best deal we've seen all year, and the powerful iPad Air 4 on sale for an all-time low price of $499.99 (opens in new tab) (was $599). See more of today's best Apple deals below and keep in mind, stock moves fast when prices drop to all-time lows, so we recommend taking advantage of these incredible bargains now before it's too late.
AirPods with wired charging case: $159 $114.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)Save $44 - We only see prices drop below this $115 position during major sales events like Black Friday, but before June we were more accustomed to a $130 price. That means you're still getting a great deal on the standard 2019 AirPods here, even if they have dropped down to $99 before. You can also grab the AirPods with wireless charging case for $149.99 (was $199) (opens in new tab).
This year, the harvest of apples in Shandong is generally about a week later than in the northwest producing areas. At this time, the transaction of apples from Shandong is only in the mid-stage. Starting in the last three days, the price of Shandong apples has risen by 40 to 60 cents per kg. In addition, this year's apples are of poor quality and few good products are already very obvious.
The Northwest merchants received a small number of apples, which was far below their purchase plan. They moved to Shandong to continue to purchase the fruits. A large number of merchants poured into the Shandong production area, leading to the increase in the price of Shandong apples and some of them were even rushing for the purchases. In view of this, fruit farmers have also begun to wait and check the reaction on the whole market. There are even some fruit farmers who directly changed their plans of selling fruits to starting storage operations.
Some people say that this year is the year with the best apple taste in recent years, and there are still apples hanging on the trees after the frost. Frost in spring, drought in summer, and rain in autumn, and rain or cloudy days when apples were harvested leads to fruit with smaller sizes and many minor problems like serious black and red spots on the surface, poor coloring, and serious saccharification.
Facts have proved that Apple is in a state of reduction in production this year, and the data is not like the 46 million tons previously estimated by many agencies. Many fruit growers even think that this year's apple production is far lower than last year's output. In other words, the total output of apples this year will be less than 40 million tons. Although there is no detailed data to prove that Apple's production has been severely reduced this year. And the data of various cold-storage warehouses across the country will gradually become clear in mid-November. 153554b96e