Cost of top tech is on the rise

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

THE price of per­sonal tech­nol­ogy is sky­rock­et­ing in Aus­tralia, with lap­tops, tablets, smart­phones and smart watches com­mand­ing hun­dreds of dol­lars more as the busy Christ­mas buy­ing sea­son ap­proaches.

In sev­eral cases, price rises will see Aussie buy­ers spend­ing more than 45 per cent above what they paid ear­lier this year.

And while ad­vanced fea­tures and a fall­ing Aus­tralian dol­lar were blamed for some of the mount­ing costs, tech­nol­ogy ex­perts say con­sumers should brace for high-tech prices to keep claim­ing an even big­ger chunk of “the house­hold bud­get” in fu­ture, warn­ing them to be wary of rack­ing up big credit debts.

The big­gest price rise was recorded by Ap­ple’s new iPad Pro, with the cost of its top model up 51 per cent this year.

Google was alone in cutting a phone price, with its Pixel 3 XL cost­ing 3 per cent less.

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