New iCloud storage plans: get more for less

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

iCloud storage has always trended towards the more expensive side of things when compared to other popular cloud storage providers such as Google and Microsoft. Users will be happy to know that Apple apparently understands this, and as a result, its significantly reduced the price of its iCloud storage. With 4K video support and a higher megapixel camera featured in the new iPhone 6s, iCloud storage will be in higher demand for those of you using iCloud Photo Library. Read More


iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus price and availability

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

Apple’s just-announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available for pre-order on Saturday, September 12th, and ship on September 25th. The iPhone 6s starts at $199 on contract, while the iPhone 6s Plus will be available for $100 more at $299 on contract. Both phones start with 16GB of flash storage space, and as Apple has done for many years now, price increases occur incrementally based on the amount of flash storage.

Read More


New Apple TV starts at $149, available in late October

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

Apple just announced that the next-gen Apple TV is shipping next month, with an entry-level price of $149. The $149 model features 32GB of flash storage space. The more expensive model with 64GB of flash storage is priced at $199. Read More


iPad Pro starts at $799, available in November

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Apple just took the wraps off of its long rumored, 12.9-inch iPad Pr. As expected, the device is incredibly powerful and features two unique (and sold-separately) accessories: a smart keyboard cover and a pressure-sensative stylus it’s calling the Apple Pencil.

For those wondering when you’ll be able to grab one of the new iPads, and how much it’s going to cost you, Apple just announced that the tablet will be available in November, with a starting price of $799 for the entry-level model, which features 32GB of storage. Read More


The complete list of Apple Watch prices

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

If you’re planning on buying one of Apple’s Watches, be prepared to spend a significant amount of time on research due to the dizzying array of price points based on the different models, sizes and bands.

Choosing between the Apple Watch models and two sizes is the easy part.

But the rich choice of bands and the fact that not every band is offered across all Watch models and sizes makes choosing a combination that suits your tastes and — more importantly — fits your budget something of a mind job.

To help you make sense of a total of forty different sales combinations, we’ve put together a handy price list based on the confirmed models, sizes and bands. Read More


Apps get pricier in Russia over collapsing ruble

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

Apple is increasing App Store prices in Russia over the plummeting ruble, the basic monetary unit of the 145 million people country and some other former republics of the USSR, reports 9to5Mac.

So after halting online sales due to the fluctuating currency, now Apple’s virtual store is feeling the repercussions of Russia’s troubled economy.

Russian ruble, and consequentially the country’s economy as a whole, have stagnated for months now due to the falling price of oil and economic sanctions imposed by EU and USA over President Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Read More


Apple switching to per-country VAT across App Stores in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Apple is changing its pricing scheme across European App Stores, switching from the previously same VAT rate it imposed across the entire European Union to a country-specific model, iMore reported.

Apps European customers purchase on their local App Store previously had an Irish 22 percent VAT on them. With this change taking effect soon, Apple will be now calculating app prices based on whatever VAT is used in each customer’s home country. Read More


How much will stainless steel and gold Apple Watches cost? New rumor has the answer

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2014

The Apple Watch will start at $349 for the basic Sport edition with its anodized aluminum case and come in Spring 2015.

But what about the more expensive stainless steel version — and especially the luxurious gold edition which features a case crafted from 18-karat gold that “our metallurgists have developed to be up to twice as hard as standard gold“?

While the Cupertino firm has yet to reveal pricing for these Apple Watches, a new rumor shared by French blog [Google Translate] pegs the asking prices of the stainless steel model with a polished or black side at $500.

And if you have a hole burning in your pocket that demands to be filled with cash, you’ll definitely want to avoid the pricey gold edition. Read More


Gold ‘Edition’ Apple Watch could cost as much as $1,200

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2014

The high-end version of the new Apple Watch could cost over $1,000, according to TechCrunch. The website has spoken to experts within the jewelry industry who say that if the 18-karat gold ‘Edition’ version of the Watch is actually made of gold, it could sell for as much as $1,200.

It’s not clear if the entire case is made of gold, or the device is just gold-plated, but TC’s contacts say it’s more likely the former. For one, an all-gold case matches up with the size and weight provided for the watch, and two, gold-plating doesn’t really live up to Apple’s design standards. Read More


Apple reveals new iCloud pricing on storage plans up to 1TB

By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2014

At some point during the craziness after yesterday’s event, Apple quietly rolled out new iCloud storage plan pricing. In an update to the iCloud section on its website, the company posted pricing for storage plans ranging from 5GB to 1TB.

As before, customers will continue to get 5GB of storage for free, with 20GB of additional storage available for $0.99 per month. 200GB of storage will cost you $3.99 per month, 500GB $9.99, and the 1TB plan costs $19.99 per month. Read More


Apple Watch starts at $349, available early next year

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

Apple just answered perhaps the most-asked question in the tech world over the last two years by unveiling the ‘Apple Watch,’ and now there are just two questions left to ask: how much is it, and when can I get it? Tim Cook just announced that the Watch starts at $349, and will be available early next year. Read More


Apple introduces new iCloud storage tiers

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2014

In addition to all of the other big announcements Apple made during its WWDC keynote today, the company unveiled some significant iCloud changes. The service now has a Dropbox-like front end called iCloud Drive that allows you to access your files across all of your devices.

And that’s not all. Apple also announced some much needed new storage tiers for iCloud that will allow you to store more things in the cloud, for cheaper. Unfortunately, the free tier stays the same at 5GB, but users can now get 20GB of iCloud storage for just $0.99 per month… Read More


Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission fines Apple $700k over iPhone pricing

By Cody Lee on Dec 26, 2013

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has been fined 20 million New Taiwan dollars, or roughly $670,000 USD, by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission for interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors’ pricing.

The Commission found Apple guilty of violating article 18 of the country’s Fair Trade Act after discovering emails from the Cupertino company to Taiwan’s three main service providers, telling them how much their iPhones should sell for… Read More


New iPads pricing and availability

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Now that you know Apple has a new full-sized tablet, which it’s interestingly decided to call the ‘iPad Air,’ and new iPad mini with Retina display, most of us have two questions on our minds: how much? And when can I get one?

While it looks like the new iPad Air is going to be available within a couple of weeks, there’s no concrete launch date yet for the second generation mini. We’ve posted all of the pricing and availability details for both tablets after the fold… Read More


The price of an unlocked iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

By Sébastien Page on Sep 10, 2013

This is it. Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c without much surprise to anyone who’s been following the rumors for a while. We’ve already posted about the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c pricing and availability but we thought it’d be worth having a post dedicated to these devices’ prices off-contract.

So far, looking at Apple’s website, only T-Mobile will be offering unlocked and contract-free iPhones from day one, starting September 20th. If history is any indication of the future, chances are other carriers such as AT&T will later offer the devices without a contact, and unlocked for use on other carriers.

But let’s have a look at the prices of contract-free iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c… Read More


Apple to start taking iPhone 5c pre-orders this Friday, available September 20

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2013

Apple’s more affordable iPhone 5c is official now. Having already provided a quick laundry list of iPhone 5c features, we’re now left with the two crucial questions: when exactly is the iPhone 5c scheduled to go on sale and how much will it set you back? Don’t worry, iDB has you covered. The full launch details, pre-orders, pricing and availability information is right after the break… Read More


iPhone 5s pricing and availability: starts at $199, available on September 20

By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2013

Now that you know all about the new iPhone 5s, the next two questions are: “when can I get it?” and “how much is it going to cost me?” As far as price goes, Apple has stuck with its usual scheme: the 5s will start at $199 for the 16GB model with a two-year carrier contract. And availability will depend on where you live.

It appears that Apple will not be putting this handset up for pre-order like it has in year’s past, but it will be available in-stores on September 20. Note that this initial launch group now includes China, which is pretty significant considering that it doesn’t typically get new Apple products until several months after launch. Read More


Apple introduces new app pricing tiers

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2013

As you know, Apple gives its iOS developers the freedom to choose pricing of their wares on the App Store, keeping 30 percent of the proceeds to itself. But rather than let a developer price an app at fifteen cents, for example, Apple offers a bunch of tiers. This also means localized versions of apps carried on international App Stores are priced differently to reflect a rough conversion of the U.S. prices.

Seeking to better align with the pricing structure in the U.S. App Store, Apple has now introduced alternate tiers for international App Stores so developers can price their software in .99 increments in the country’s native currency… Read More


128GB iPad 4 to start at $799

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2013

A brand new SKU (Stock-Keeping Unit) in the full-size iPad lineup that one blog obtained from retail sources suggested that Apple’s readying to add a new top-of-the-line fourth-generation iPad model with 128 gigabytes of storage. The development corroborates an earlier finding of code hooks in iTunes 11 and iOS 6.1 that points to the new 128GB full-size iPad model. And now, the same publication that leaked the 128GB SKU claims to have pinpointed the prices for this “Ultimate” iPad model… Read More


Budget iPhone: the augur of a new era of lower Apple margins

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2013

What should the rumored budget iPhone cost and how low could Apple price it without sacrificing its industry-leading profits? Jean-Louis Gassée, a former executive at Apple, where he worked from 1981 to 1990, ran some numbers on his Monday Note blog to try and make sense of the idea. The crux: there’s no way Apple could make a compelling, inexpensive device sporting today’s hardware encased in a less exquisite (dare I say, plasticky?) body without sacrificing its powerful margins.

Should the Cupertino, California company in fact pursue the low-cost iPhone, the move will be remembered as the augur of a new era of lower Apple margins and as such likely signals a new brutal phase in the Smartphone Wars… Read More

Page 112