For us Brits, these new MBPs are going to cost the earth, right?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by murray, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. murray macrumors regular


    May 28, 2008
    Leeds, UK
    Like so many of us here, I've been waiting and waiting for the new MacBook Pros, and I thought I had saved enough for what would currently buy the mid-range 13" MBP with a 512Gb SSD and 16Gb RAM.

    That was, until Apple revealed the iPhone 7/7 Plus prices, and now I'm worried.

    If the new iPhones got a £100 hike over here in the UK, what THE HELL will these new MBPs cost? I was super excited for the new machines, when they do eventually get announced, but now I think I'll have to find an extra £500 if I want to get the same machine that's available now.

    What does everyone think?

    Will we get absolutely destroyed over here in the UK with another huge price increase thanks to Brexit and the weak pound?
  2. Richard Peters macrumors regular

    Richard Peters

    Jul 18, 2010
    Surrey, UK
    That's my fear too. I've been happily using a 11" MBA since 2012 for very light photo editing on the road. However as my requirements have now changed for a laptop, I'll be replacing it with a new rMBP. As soon as I saw the bomb drop about the iP7 prices I must admit my heart sank a little, especially as I'm also ready to upgrade my 2012 iMac to the next Retina model.

    Bracing for impact...
  3. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    May be not the case as Mac sales are currently poor, so Apple may not hike the price, similar to the iPhone. Personally I believe that Apple needs to drop it`s pricing on the Mac lineup if they want to see decent sales figures. Should Apple choose to increase the price of Mac`s it will certainly be a signal that the volume of sales is not a driving factor, leaving many Mac`s on the shelf in the face of strong competition. Of course as long as people are willing to bear Apple`s prices and exorbitant margins, the cycle will remain...

  4. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Is the price change of the iPhone justified by the drop in exchange rate. If so, I suspect you are correct.

    My guess is Apple values it's products in USD and will hold the price the same for the new MacBooks. And UK systems will priced according to current exchange, with rounding up to something that ends in "99".
  5. Wando64, Sep 10, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016

    Wando64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2013
    Some mod has decided to delete my reply on the basis that "politics should be kept out of the forum.
    So I will try to answer again and If my answer is judged to be political then maybe the question should be rephrased.

    You ask if we will "get absolutely destroyed over here in the UK with another huge price increase thanks to Brexit and the weak pound"
    My answer is that, in my opinion, yes we will get absolutely destroyed over here in the UK with another huge price increase thanks to Brexit and the weak pound.
  6. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2014
    ^ same for me

    But to stay fully on subject: When the Aussie Dollar tanked two years ago, Apple prices there went up. So the same is to be expected for the UK.
  7. Patcell macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2016
    Bergen County, NJ
    I think this is probably right on the money. Apple is not going to eat the drop in value due to a weak currency. Also, there is a value-added tax in the UK, correct? Again, Apple is not going to eat that out of their margins. I suspect that whatever price is charged elsewhere in the world, after VAT and currency exchange, Apple's bottom line is the same in USD.
  8. haydn! macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    The exchange rate appears to be $1 = £1 (minus US taxes) when it was previously nearer $1.50 = £1, examples being $99 for Apple Pencil is £99 in UK, $159 for AirPods are £159 UK, $269 for Apple Watch S1 is £269 UK.... this would mean increases of £200-500 across the Mac line-up!

    The only saving grace is the exchange rate used for iPhones and iPads seems a little more favourable, so it appears the pricier the product, the more of the difference in currency Apple is eating. So whilst I'm expecting Mac's to cost more post October, I don't think we'll be seeing the 20-30% rises we've seen with the above examples. I think we'll see £50-200 increases across the line... or at least I hope!
  9. Domen151 macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2014
    I'm pretty sure that they will raise the price... They did it last year in the eurozone, when the euro's value dropped. Base MBPr went from 1299€ to 1449€.
  10. Cowmonk macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2014
    I'm scared enough that I decided against the iPhone 7 in order to have spare cash enough to drag all the new mbp spec sliders to the right.
  11. janitor3 macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I always thought that all Apple did was to usually just change the $ sign for a £ sign to sell in UK.
  12. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016

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