February 3, 2023

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Apple has increased the prices of HomePod Mini and iMac in some countries

Depending on where you live, the HomePod Mini and iMac might just have gotten more expensive. The Apple Post noted the company’s small smart speaker has jumped from £89 to £99 in the UK, and outlets like MacRumors and 9to5Mac have a similar jump from £99 to £109 in other European countries like Austria, Ireland, France , Germany, Italy and Spain.

In the UK, the price of each pre-built iMac configuration also increased by £150. In France, iMac prices increased by €100 for the base model and €110 for the other models, although they remained the same in Germany and Ireland.

It’s hard to find a pattern in the increases. In New Zealand, the HomePod Mini went from NZ$159.00 to NZ$179.00, while in neighboring Australia it stayed the same. Meanwhile, people in the Netherlands are paying the “increased” price of €109 since it went on sale in the country in March 2022.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment on why the price increases were taking place in specific locations. In the US, the HomePod Mini still costs $99, the same price it launched at.

Although Apple technically added new software features to its smart speakers this week, giving them the ability to measure temperature and humidity, it’s hard to argue that this warrants a price increase given the hardware was already included. If you bought a HomePod Mini for €99 on the day it launched, you’ll also get this feature via a software update.