Apple has raised the prices of the iPod and iPad in Japan in the face of the weakening yen. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his “Abenomics” have driven down the value of the yen to a five year low at a dead even ¥100.69 to the dollar.
Before this price increase, fourth generation iPads and iPods were priced at ¥42,800 and ¥28,800 respectively, but now they sit on store shelves at ¥49,800 and ¥32,800. That indicates a raise of roughly $70 for the iPad and $40 for the iPod.
If only I had listened to my gut instinct and bought an iPad out here when I had the chance!