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The U.S. dollar may be weak, but apparently the Japanese yen is in worse shape, prompting Apple to raise the price of some of its most popular products in response to rising import costs.
Bloomberg reported Thursday that the iPad and iPod product lines will now cost a little bit more in Japan, the result of the yen weakening against the U.S. dollar for the first time in more than four years.
As a result, a base model 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi from Apple's online store will now cost 49,800 yen ($493) compared to 42,800 yen, while the iPod shuffle has been increased from 4,200 yen to 4,800 yen.
“We made some pricing adjustments due to changes in foreign exchange rates,” explained Apple Japan spokesman Takashi Takabayashi, without elaborating further.
Apple isn't alone in raising prices -- Japanese manufacturers such as Fujitsu and Toshiba have already announced domestic price increases on personal computers, as well as televisions in Toshiba's case.
May proved to be a particularly rough month for Japan's yen, which weakened beyond 101 against the U.S. dollar for the first time since April, 2009.
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