Following the announcement from Apple today that its new model iMacs will go on sale Friday, November 30, it seems the company has not added an a tax penalty to the Australian retail price of the desktops this time around.
Starting at $1429 for the entry-level 21.5in 2.7GHz iMac model, Apple has included GST in all its official pricing for the computers, which compared to US figures, are almost the same in both regions.
Website Lifehacker posted a comparison table that shows confirmed pricing (including GST) in Australia for the iMac line-up alongside US figures. Note the US prices excludes tax penalties, which is 10 percent across the board. Once you add tax to the US price, the equivalent amounts are relatively equal. See below:
The news comes as a welcome revelation for Australian buyers, who in the past, have purchased Apple products at a significantly higher retail price than consumers in the US.