Apple has quietly started charging more for built-to-order Macs in various parts of the world. For anyone buying a Mac with upgraded parts, they see an approximate 10% price increase. This hike in prices applies to most laptops and desktops purchased from the company’s website.
After the launch of the new MacBook Air and the new iPad Pro, Apple quietly hiked prices for built-to-order Macs’ upgrade parts outside the US. These price hikes went under the radar since the company didn’t increase the price of the base configurations. The increased rates are being reported from Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe.
Customers who want to buy an iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, Macbook Air, and MacBook Pro will have to pay higher (approximately 10 percent) if they choose to upgrade the configuration. For example, if you are in the UK and buy a base configuration 16-inch MacBook Pro, upgrading from a 2.3GHz octa-core processor to a 2.4GHz octa-core processor now costs £200 (£180 earlier).
If you choose to upgrade from the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU’s VRAM from 4GB to 8GB, you have to pay £100. Earlier, it was £90. Upgrading from 16GB RAM to 32GB RAM now costs £400 (£360 earlier) while upgrading from 1TB SSD storage to 2TB SSD storage costs £400 (£360 earlier). Overall, the price of the built-to-order MacBook Pro costs £3899 instead of £3,789 earlier.
We don’t know the reason behind the price hike for upgraded parts. It could be due to new exchange rates, shortage of supply, or the labor shortage. All of this could also be linked to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, which has disrupted the company’s supply chain, development, and retail processes.
Have you noticed price hikes for Apple’s computers and part upgrades in your country? Let us know in the comments section below.[Via MacRumors]