Twitter user Alan Stonebridge @alstonebridge noticed on the 27th October that Apple hiked its prices. In a Tweet, Stonebridge noted that the British Apple Store saw price hikes for the Mac Mini, Mac Pro, iMac 4K and iMac 5K.
Other Mac prices changed today:
mini starts £479 (was £399)
Mac Pro £2999 (£2499)
iMac 4K £1449 (£1199)
iMac 5K from £1749 (£1449)
— Alan Stonebridge (@alstonebridge) October 27, 2016
Google’s caching feature has confirmed that since the announcement of the new MacBook Pro line, Apple has in fact raised its hardware prices, with the Mac Mini jumping from £399 to £479, for the 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 model with 4GB of RAM. The iMac 4K has jumped from £1299 to £1499, and the iMac 5K from to £1499 to £1799. The Mac Pro has also been increased to £2999 from £2499.
Apple has not yet commented on the 20% increase, but this has happened before. Engadget reported last month that the iPad had jumped in price in the UK, and when they asked Apple, they explained that prices can change depending on ‘currency exchange rates, local import laws, business practices, taxes and the cost of doing business.”
It seems likely that the price increase is a result of the weak British pound. This won’t affect American customers, but for at least the time being, British customers are going to be paying much more.