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Topic # 31111 5-Mar-2009 00:08
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So Apple has released a bunch of updates to its Mini, Pro, and iMac lines, as well as Time Capsule.

There I was hanging out to buy a new iMac (I've been waiting for the refresh since December) and the entry level price is now $2599, up from $1899 for the previous models.

$700????!!!!! I appreciate that prices are going up due to the weaker currency and costs in general going up, but surely $700 is a bit over the top for a machine that really isn't too dissimilar from the model it replaces.

I'm actually really disappointed as it has pretty much pushed the price way beyond what I can afford.

*EDIT* Just read that iMacs in Australia will be starting at AU$1999 - surely the price on Apple NZ's site is a typo!!!!

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Reply # 199427 5-Mar-2009 16:43
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Maybe all the stock gets shipped to NZ via UPS? Sealed

The new prices are exorbitant. Even the Mac Mini has gone up by almost $400 versus the previous model. The exchange rate hasn't crashed that much relative to the American prices I'd thought, or maybe they're just artifically keeping the prices low state-side as the number of sales they'd make would probably compensate.

That said, $2k Australian isn't far off $2.6k NZ at the moment, so we're both getting equally screwed. Gotta pay for Steve's upcoming retirement party somehow ;)

Good thing I decided to build an HTPC rather than wait for the new mac mini, cos as it stands the price isn't too much different over the "high-end" model but with the bonus of now having Bluray.

The UK price has also gone up by a similar amount.

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  Reply # 200221 9-Mar-2009 19:21
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Thank god I bought my imac last year, the 2.66ghz model. Bought it for about $2100 and now they have the exact same thing but downgraded (?) the graphics card to 9400m and increased it to $2599, very strange!

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  Reply # 200222 9-Mar-2009 19:25
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Btw, 1,999.00 AUD = 2546.41NZD Laughing





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  Reply # 200266 9-Mar-2009 23:44
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Well quite frankley i still have life in my over 3 year old iMac G5 iSight.

I suppose when my computer completely falls apart and doing anything on it becomes a right nightmare then I might upgrade.

EDIT Not sure how accurate these are but http://www.primatelabs.ca/blog/2009/03/imac-and-mac-mini-benchmarks-early-2009/  




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  Reply # 200377 10-Mar-2009 12:26
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Interestingly we're paying a few dollars less than in the US for the new Mac Pros. You need to remember to remove GST from the NZ prices before comparing them as the US prices do not include tax.

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  Reply # 200452 10-Mar-2009 18:34
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Behodar: Interestingly we're paying a few dollars less than in the US for the new Mac Pros. You need to remember to remove GST from the NZ prices before comparing them as the US prices do not include tax.


Good point, always forget that one. As long as you live in a state with no sales tax then you're well ahead.

If their prices are gonna keep going up, they really need to introduce that netbook (resurrect the iBook name?) as price of entry is getting a bit beyond it for many folks I'd imagine.

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  Reply # 203792 27-Mar-2009 20:39
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... and now that the NZ dollar is gaining strength, I suppose we can expect to see Mac prices drop sharply to compensate.

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And I'm in the market for an intel mac too, seeing as my G5 iMac is getting a bit long in the tooth.

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