Apple has been at the forefront of many ideas. Uniform pricing in all markets is one. Anywhere in the world it costs about the same to buy Apple products. I guess that is true for servicing too, but don't know for sure. However pay across the world is far from uniform...... And I doubt that Apple will be leading the way to initiate parity in remuneration across all labour markets for staff employed by the company and its subsidiaries. How much does a Mac Mini cost (with software and ready ready to use, but not including other hardware) where you live at present in comparison to what you earn? As a teacher in a state owned university in a partially developed country, my bottom of the range model Mac Mini loaded with iWork set me back about a month's pay. One of the joys of the Mini is that I could use the keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, UPS and other bits that I already had. To have had to cough up for them would have set me back another couple or three weeks pay.